alexa meade: real life paintings
alexa meade: real life paintings alexa meade: real life paintings
aug 22, 2011

alexa meade: real life paintings


american artist alexa meade creates her representational paintings directly on her subjects, covering people and objects in layers of acrylic paint before photographing them. the works offer an unusual conflation of painting, installation, and photography, as the three-dimensional forms are collapsed in space, taking on a 2D appearance in the prints. in her exhibitions, meade frequently paints over small rooms in which a human subject sits for the duration of the show, offering a performative aspect to her work.

full figure of ‘transit’ / all images © alexa meade



spending my formative years immersed in the world of politicians and PR led to a fascination with the possibilities of repackaging source texts and adding superficial modifications that would profoundly alter perception,’ says alexa meade. ‘what the audience ultimately unpackaged was a personal interpretation of an already mediated re-presentation. […] by using paint as a mask that mimics the surface attributes of my source materials, I repurpose the common codes of painting.’

‘mediation’ 19×24″ limited edition chromogenic print

‘natura morta’ 18×24″ chromogenic print

‘natura morta’ installation 8’x6’x4′

‘framed’ 24×18″ limited edition chromogenic print

‘bernie’ study

left: ‘auspicious’, 24×18″ limited edition chromogenic print right: ‘the trap’, a model poses outside london’s saatchi gallery

meade at work painting one of her subjects image courtesy of dailymail

the artist poses with a completed installation image courtesy of dailymail

‘spectacle’ installation/performance

‘spectacle’ 18×24″ limited edition chromogenic print


  • how bizar, so cool!

    cj says:
  • great work

    myfezazi says:
  • love this work – trompe-l’oeil on it’s head.

    michael/bobosart says:
  • god, i love it!

    aah says:
  • amazing!

    JessieB says:
  • incredibly imaginative!

    S says:
  • One of the most creative ideas I’ve seen in decades

    Stiego says:
  • Marvelous…
    This conceptual interpretation that ‘repackaging source texts and adding superficial modifications that would profoundly alter perception….(to)….
    what the audience ultimately unpackaged’
    has not only been beautifully executed but is also easy to read. The works can be interpreted by those who prefer a superficial trompe-l’oeil reading or those who prefer to look beyond the painterly juxtapositions of 2D and 3D elements to what the artist is actually trying to say. Well done!

    Mawdster says:
  • amazingly imaginative,,,this is beyond real,,,great concept

    zanele says:
  • in comprehendible…wow!

    Meems says:
  • This was really awesome! very realistic. An excellent product or a creative mind! Amazing

    Printing Samples|Palz says:
  • LOVE IT!

    FABIANA says:
  • really worth commenting !! quirky cool !! Thumbs up !!!

    Srinivas says:
  • AMAZING !!!

    Sarahh says:
  • >> Phenomenal <<

    Ronnie says:
  • Love it. Superb d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Wow!!!!!!! I love it…..Cool!!!! idea. ^_____^

    lookgolf says:
  • Great only if you know the concept behind.

    Darija S.H. says:
  • great .. very good idea …

    btm says:
  • Mixed media… fantastic.

    RR says:
  • Boo Ritson already has this covered, in a better way too I think: [url=[/url]

    DanW says:
  • amazing, i love this work.

    dm says:
  • Beautiful!!!

    Dario says:
  • M F G

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • V aglomerac

    Tressa says:

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