Trina Merry has the ability to turn human beings into living canvases with her finely detailed paint works. If you ever get to San Francisco, stop and examine the street art and graffiti murals. There is a chance there might be an almost naked person hiding there.
Merry got started when she was asked to get on stage at a concert and get body painted in her underwear. She then apprenticed under the well known body painter Craig Tracy in New Orleans. She uses non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, and begins to change texture as soon as she stops painting. For this reason photography is necessary to document the work.
Merry chose the structure of a temple in order to bring awareness to the social business venture “Beyond the Four Walls” in order to empower women in Nepal.
Artist Ed Fairburn has some very odd habits. Once as a bored 15-year-old, during a long school break, he glued a stamp on a slice of toast and mailed it as a postcard. Since then, he has used the postal system as an alternative gallery space, although his talents have outgrown the mailbox. His most current work has him bringing new life to a series of maps. Fairburn seems to prefer the kind of art that’s easy to fold away, possibly because it makes them easier to put into a mailbox.
Ed Fairburn is a Welsh artist, who has the ability to combine the geography of facial features with the geography of the earth. Combining the two has a completely natural feel. built and natural echo the human form. Like a sculptor, Fairburn uses patterns to cut away unnecessary details showing form in a new way.
Today we’re living in a new age of map making, with interactive, electronic mapping technology that gives us real time detail. But it is nice to be reminded that, despite the benefits of this Google-era reality, maps can speak to more than how to get from one place to another.
You might not see it right away, but is this really a frog, or something more? The brightly colored image is actually five naked women decorated by body painter Johannes Stoetter to look like a tree frog. With the models perfectly positioned it’s hard to see where there is a separation of their bodies.
Stoetter, started body painting in the year 2000, creating scenes turning human models into objects found in the natural world, including rocks, trees and animals. The artist is a fine-art body painter from Italy who uses his talent of blending his subjects into their surroundings so well that they disappear.
These works of art, which can take eight hours to complete, have earned Stoetter the world body painting title.
Originally built as a public bathhouse in the 19th century, Les Bains-Douches would eventually be reborn as one of the hottest night clubs in Paris known simply as Les Bains, a destination for celebrities including Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp and Andy Warhol.
After some second rate re-construction in 2010, the building was closed down and considered a safety hazard. Buildings in France are rarely torn down, so it will however be gutted and be completely rebuilt on the interior. The owner Jean-Pierre Marois, turned the building over to 50 street artists who have been working since January to turn the building into an extensive display of artwork.
Unfortunately the former nightclub is closed to the public, but photographers were allowed in to shoot many of the artworks in progress. Shown here is just a small selection, go to Les Bains “One Day One Artist” to see more of what was captured.
A rusting, abandonedship has become a canvas for world’s top graffiti artists. Once an elegant passenger ferry and cruise ship commanding the seas around the British Isles and North-West Europe, now the former steamer TSS Duke of Lancaster has spent the last 30 years rusting away by the North Wales coast.
Much smaller than grand liners like RMS Queen Mary and configured for more local routes, the ship featured beautifully decorated first and second class interiors. Retired in 1979 and ending her days docked near Mostyn, Wales, original plans to convert the ship to a 300-room hotel failed.
The hull of the rusting ship has been used as a blank canvas by a host of international graffiti artists, who call themselves the DuDug collective.
Turning the ship into a floating art installation was the brainchild of former street artist Maurice Blunt, who spotted the Duke Of Lancaster from a train. Seeing its potential he tracked down the owners and proposed the idea for transforming the forgotten vessel.
Brazilian artist Davi De Melo Santos is putting his own original spin on street art. Considerably lighter and happier than most other work of this type, he is definitely bringing something unique to the field.
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Also going by the name DMS, the artist originaklly from South America is married and lives in Catanzaro, Italy.
It is really hard to find out any information about this great artist.
Brazilian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga is a street artist who is recognized for his paintings on irregular surfaces including large-scale rocks. His portraits on degraded and porous surfaces take place in site specific public spaces. The artist also creates works on canvas, however his rock portraits stand out because of their unusual contrasting effect of painting on the shape and texture of a stone or irregular surface. He choses his sites carefully, these are often in poverty stricken and run down urban areas, he works with the preexisting contours and shapes of these surfaces, he then adds the facial characteristics accordingly.