We are used to seeing acrylic paintings on canvas but 25 year old Alexa Meade from Washington, D.C. decided to use a more unique surface for her art. Alexa decided instead of making her representational paintings on a normal canvas she would paint directly on top of her subjects she was referencing. Alexa would paint her reference with acrylic paints then make them stand in front of a scene she painted on a wall then she would proceed to take a photograph making the painted reference and the painted background look like one and the same. Another way she goes about it is that she paints on her reference with the paint then she puts them in a public place. Like in the picture we see the painted man on the subway. Alexa’s technique is so convincing people find it hard to believe that it’s in fact a photograph and not a painting. Alexa Meade came up with this brilliant idea because she had a big interest in shadows and decided to try and work with them. She started to experiment with painting shadows on to people with her acrylic paints and realized the visual effect still worked even if the people moved around from where the light originally was. Alexa Meade once said “I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist’s interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves.” I find Alexa’s work to be very interesting and most definitely unique.
Representational Paintings by Alexa Meade