still life


Today’s artist discovery is Alexa Meade. Alexa is an artist based in D.C. that combines portriature, painting, photography and installation to create a unique style of art. From her website, “Rather than creating representational paintings on a flat canvas, Alexa Meade creates her representational paintings directly on top of the physical subjects that she is referencing. When photographed, the representational painting and the subject being referenced appear to be one and the same as the 3D space of her painted scenes becomes optically compressed into a 2D plane.”

Above is a photograph of one of her pieces. Below is the same piece from another angle.

The guy in the picture above is actually a real person! Alexa applies the paint directly to the man and his surroundings, and when photographed, it appears to be a painted portrait! Here are some more examples:

finished product

as she applies the paint


looks like a painting!

but it's a real guy!

as people look at the installation


painted portrait?


real lady! how bad would that tickle?


portrait of an elderly man?


on the subway

Can you imagine seeing this guy on your way home from work? How confused would you be? His back is even painted. Check it out:

look at that guy's face.

Oh don’t mind me, just have a train to catch. No big deal.

I believe this is a truly one of a kind style of art. I’ve never seen anything like it. Alexa blends many different styles of art together to create her own unique and individual style. In my opinion, she is truly an innovator.




267 responses »

  1. Love this! A truly amazing artist, indeed! I also really appreciate the patience of the people who posed for her & their willingness to be her canvas.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I remember seeing Alexa Meade’s works in a newspaper article a few months ago. Thought it was really amazing how she combines reality and 2D in a form I guess you would say is sort of an optical illusion when it’s in it’s final outcome.

    It’s definitely quite refreshing to see a style so wonderful as this.

  3. Hello there!

    This was an incredible post…and such an amazing artist. I have seen great photography and fantastic paintings, but never anything like this. Alexa Meade has shown great talent, and she has definitely caught my attention. Such a great topic you’ve found, carrsk! The last bit of the subway – genius, haha! You took the words from my mouth naming this artist an innovator. It has left me in awe!

    Best wishes,

  4. Very interesting, and something I’ve never seen done with photography. I’ve seen entire stage “performances” of people painted and posed like classic art. Eventually, someone came up with the idea to have them move a bit. The inspiration? Audiences didn’t realize that there were actually people on stage, and that was supposed to be the big point.

  5. Interesting to see the opposite effect of which people try to create when painting. Instead of portraying something on paper/canvas as tangible they are taking something tangible and creating an illusion. Very well done and great find. πŸ™‚

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  7. I see a major flash mob opritunity here. just imagin it.
    20 different people all over town coming back to a single painting for a still life, then taking off again like nothing happened. sounds amazing.

  8. Wow!! This is amazing work! I wish I had though of this while in art school!! This is the most innovative thing in painting since Francis Bacon!

  9. This is really awesome, and smart! I have never seen anything like this, it is so unique! I hope for Alexa that the whole world will know about her because she deserves it, she’s a great artist. I draw too but I will never reach this level. Keep it up A.M.! One love.

  10. One the most interesting takes to contemporary art… I adored these paintings! The best compliment i can give is that i wished it was me who had that idea… πŸ˜‰

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  12. That is so cool the way she has combined painting, installation, and photography to make her art works. I love the little quirky bits like the nude woman looking up at the viewer or the old man riding the subway. A really cool take.

  13. This is by far the most amazing, inspiring, radical..extreme, mind-blowing art I have EVER seen in modern history. And to realize that the artist is a younge woman makes it even more mind-blwoing for me (girlpower, girlpower!!!). I’d love to know what goes on that artists’ head to even begin to crete these ideas and then project them into her art. It’s absolutely…I’m lacking words. This is what “think outside of the box” is all about. You’re doing what’s not been done before. I’m feeling just happy watching these pics and reading the blog!

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  15. Yep, it is unique and confusing to one’s perception. It looks three dimensional but you’re convinced that it’s a flat painting.


    I would love to have this done to myself….wow. I am truly blown away….

    Blessings and have a great week! … Kevin

  17. This is definitely a step towards a brand new movement in art. I have never seen anything like this before, making your work the first step towards the future! Keep it up, I know you will be successful and an inspiration for future artists.

  18. good heavens that is simply astounding! who would ever have thought of doing that? Until I saw her standing in the actual shot I wouldn’t have believed it was anything other than a painting

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  20. Way to go balls out Alexa! Damn it’s nice to see something so totally different. And in the DC area, even. I wish I took the metro today, this city isn’t used to edgy art unless it’s on the wall in Capitol Hill.

    Keep doing ur thing, u’ve got “it’

  21. That is ground-breaking stuff. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s so beautiful. It looks like really good CGI. I bet seeing something/someone like that in person would be even more exhilarating. She should definitely start doing art shows if she hasn’t already, just to popularise this style. I could see her work attracting an expansive audience.

  22. That is amazing…
    your concept and result is… words cat even describe it…
    amazing is an understatement. πŸ™‚

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  24. That is so amazing and intuitive!! I would love to be one of her subjects and walk around like a living portrait. This takes “bringing paintings to life” to a whole new level.

  25. These are amazing; it’s like a painting has come alive… especially the one of the old man, must surreal to see him wondering around


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  27. Amazing! I would love to see one of your exhibits you are very creative and i love the combination of using real people in your art.

  28. This artist is truly amazing. I can not believe that those people were real. I had to check all the pics. Crazy!

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for your time…. Brian

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  30. Those are super cool! I bet it would take forever to make, and her subjects have got to be talented in their own right. Could you imagine staying still for that? Thanks for posting this. πŸ™‚

  31. Wow, what an incredible art form. That is truly getting beyond the confinds of an artistic expression. Just the ability to envision this working is incredible. Very innovative. I’m not really a person who pays much attention to this genre of artistic expression, this grabbed my attention.

  32. Alexis your painting subverts the so-called canons of painting easel. It expands through various media including the human body. The “body painting” a real model (statue) is part of a static scene as a support, but when the model (actual figure) this scenario is released and enters the mix between reality and the people, is if to say .. . picture changes the scenery, but the reality is that the frame is the character that changes of scenery. genial and congratulations.

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  34. This is very odd. It reminds me of the pavement artists whose work has to be viewed from a particular angle or the trick of perceptions won’t work. I can’t help feeling that there is more in her work than just a straightforward photo of a painted person against a painted background. Maybe she’s very clever with working out where the light falls and somehow masks it out… I can’t quite figure out how she’s achieving the two dimensional look. Very well done, though, however she’s doing it!

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  37. Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

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