By the time Scott Marr sits down at the easel, his works of art are already well underway. A large part of Scott’s artistic practice is comprised of the identification, collection and preparation of an astounding range of natural pigments. His bush pigments are unpredictable by nature, ensuring that each work of art is imbued with a genuine uniqueness. The variable palette reflects the dynamic and seasonal character of the natural world, where no two days or places are the same. Scott says, “Over the past few years, I’ve been experimenting with the extraction and application of natural pigments. I now feel my experimentation has become my applied practice. This confidence together with the discovery of new colours has opened up new dimensions for my art”.
Most people have experienced body painting at one time or another. Maybe it was at Halloween or at the town fair as a child when you had your face painted, or a football match where you drew coloured letters across your chest. Maybe (like for many western adult females), you do it every day when you apply your lipstick, eye shadow, or nail polish. But when and where did body painting begin, and at what point does the act of covering the body with colour, become art?
Body painting is considered by some to be the most ancient form of art. The discovery of coloured pigments about 75 thousand years ago (many believe even further back) indicates that long before people covered their bodies with clothing, they decorated themselves with body paint.
Unlike tattooing, body painting is temporary, lasting a few hours to a few weeks. Body painting with ochre (derived from clay), natural pigments found in minerals such as pyrolusite, chalk, and lime, and plants such as kohl, blue woad, and uruku, existed in most tribal cultures with no known single place of origin. Body paint was often worn during ceremonies such as weddings, burials, and initiations. As well, body painting may have been used as identification with a certain people, distinction from others, or for purely aesthetic reasons. Cosmetics, were first used in Egypt to decorate the faces of males and females, the living and the dead.
The tradition of body painting declined with the advent of clothing but many indigenous people in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and others, still maintain the practice. Also, the semi-permanent form of body painting called Mehndi, which uses dyes made of henna is still practiced in India and the Middle East, particularly on brides. Mehndi has also been popular in Western cultures since the 1990’s.
In the 1950’s and 60’s body painting became a minor art movement with the help of artists like Yves Klein, who covered his models in paint and rolled them on a canvas, using them as human paint brushes.
In the 1960’s, body painting started making a comeback with the hippie movement and more liberal ideas surrounding the human body. Since that time, body painting began appearing in popular culture and was used for commercial purposes in magazine and television ads, as well as in the film industry.
Well known artists in the body painting genre include German model and actress Veruschka von Lehndorff (1960’s), New Zealand born Joanne Gair, who painted the infamous Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover (1992), South Korean artist Kim Joon, and hand painter Guido Daniele.
Today, body painting as an art form is popular around the globe. Body painting festivals happen every year in many cities bringing professional and amateur painters together. The World Body Painting Festival in Seeboden, Austria is the biggest body painting art event with thousands of people coming out to admire the participants artwork.
For more information about body painting, visit the source links below. To view more of the stunning images by Hans Silvester from the Omo Tribes of Ethiopia, visit XarJ.net.
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“Joe Sorren injects a surreal mood through soft, eerie imagery, thick brushstrokes, and animalistic figures caught in motion. Created with oil on panel, Sorren’s newest body of work, When the Rain Comes is a story about darkness and light.
“Sometimes, when things are darker in life, you can find yourself in front of doors you didn’t know where there before. This is a show about walking though those doorways and the light that can be found in the sincere letting-go-ness of things” states Sorren.
Sorren’s artwork has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Time and Rolling Stone. Warner Bros. and Atlantic Records have also used his art. A mural of his adorns an outdoor wall at Heritage Square in Flagstaff, Arizona. The 40 feet by 30 feet painting took 11 months to complete. Sorren lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and loves to run and jump.” (from La Luz de Jesus Gallery)
“When the Rain Comes” runs through April 29, 2012. To see more of Sorren’s work, visit JoeSorren.com.
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All of Park’s works start off from a live painting so there is no pre-planning or sketching. He starts each painting with a layer of abstract sharpie drawings, then paints white shapes over the whole thing, and then adds in a full background of cities and scenes. “So for the first two and a half hours, I almost treat the painting like an abstract, where I’m just looking for balance and color.” (from interview with Daniel Rolink)
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Born in 1970 in Utrecht, Netherlands, Eline Peek studied advertising and presentation techniques at Nimeto, Utrecht and autonomous design at the School of the Arts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht.
“People seeing the paintings of the Utrecht artist Eline Peek (1970) for the first time tend to shuffle by in shock or embarrassment or to look away. Her big, all-revealing ‘portraits’ make you feel quite uneasy. The confrontational nudes are, in the first instance, not pleasing to the eye: decrepit, sagging bodies, hollow-eyed faces, droopy breasts, pendulous folds of skin, angular limbs, an unhealthy skin and genitalia prominently on show. Without any inhibitions they pose nude or in their underwear. All larger than life-sized and shamelessly facing the viewer, what’s more their eyes stare searchingly at you; they are actually looking for contact.” (Chris Will, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam)
To see more, visit ElinePeek.nl.