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Alexa Meade paints portraits on the human body that turn real life people into seemingly 2D works of art.

"In some ways, artist Alexa Meade is a traditional figure painter. But she works on an unusual canvas: the actual human body. And she takes a classical concept — trompe l'oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representation look three-dimensional — and turns it on its head. Her aim is to do the opposite, to collapse depth and make her living models into flat pictures."
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PBS NewsHour

"Art + Magic = Alexa + Meade"
-David Blaine, Magician

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Painted Installations 

Alexa Meade paints on the surfaces of live human subjects, found objects, and architectural spaces in a way that optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane when photographed.

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Art on the Streets 

Street art that's there one day and gone the next.

Still Life ≫

Ephemeral paintings on top of food.

Alexa // Sheila 

Alexa Meade painted on collaborator Sheila Vand before photographing her ever evolving portrait in a pool of milk. View more at alexasheila.com
 

Alexa + Lacey ≫

Photographer Lacey captures Alexa's paintings for DETAILS' "Life Imitates Art" fashion story in the Sept 2014 issue.

Live Events 

Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and live events sponsored by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply.

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Self-Portraits 

Like a typical self-portrait, the artist has painted a picture of herself. Unlike a typical self-portrait, Alexa made these paintings on top of her body and then photographed herself. 

C M Y K ≫

Alexa Meade's 'CMYK' series explores color theory with references to Op art. Produced during four live performances at Grand Palais for Art Paris Art Fair 2015.

 

Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: pricing@alexameade.com.

PAINTED INSTALLATIONS

BLUE PRINT, 2010
24"x18" Edition of 7

BLUE PRINT INSTALLATION
8'x8'x4' Installation

NATURA MORTA, 2009
24"x18" Edition of 7

NATURA MORTA INSTALLATION

JAIMIE, 2010
16"x20" Edition of 7

JAIMIE WITH ALEXA

SPECTACLE, 2010
24"x18" Edition of 7

SPECTACLE INSTALLATION
8'x8'x4' Installation

TRANSIT, 2009
24"x18" Edition of 7

TRANSIT 3, 2009
Performance on the DC Metro

TIMMY TOURIST, 2009
30"x40" Edition of 7

ALIGNED WITH ALEXA, 2010
16"x16" Edition of 7

Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: pricing@alexameade.com.

ALEXA // SHEILA

Hesitate // Activate in process
Photo by David Branson

HESITATE, 2012
160x80 cm, Edition of 3 | 50x100 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x37.5 cm, Edition of 7

ACTIVATE, 2012
100x100 cm, Edition of 3 | 75x75 cm, Edition of 5 | 50x50 cm, Edition of 7

Hesitate // Activate in process
Photo by David Branson

UNSEEN, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3 | 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

SHAPE, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3 | 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

Unseen // Shape in process

SHIFT, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3 | 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

HEAD TRIP, 2012
100x100 cm, Edition of 3 | 75x75 cm, Edition of 5 | 50x50 cm, Edition of 7

Head Trip in process

MANGO LASSI, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3 | 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

Mango Lassi in process

WHITE OUT, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3 | 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

REVOLVER, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3 | 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 | 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

Revolver in process

View more at alexasheila.com
Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: info@alexasheila.com.

SELF PORTRAITS

DOUBLE TAKE, 2010
16"x20", Edition of 7

SELF-SATISFIED, 2011
40"x30", Edition of 7

EXPOSURE, 2009
16"x20", Edition of 7

PORTRAIT OF A SELF-PORTRAIT, 2009
16"x20", Edition of 7

Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: pricing@alexameade.com.

ART ON THE STREETS

RISEN, 2012
30"x40", Edition of 7

"Risen" in process

ART ON THE STREETS, 2012
30"x40", Edition of 7

ON THE DOWN LOW, 2012
40"x30", Edition of 7

MARTYRDOM, 2012
30"x40", Edition of 7

COME DOWN, 2012
30"x40", Edition of 7

GRAVITÉ, 2015 27x40 cm, Edition of 7

GRAVITÉ, 2015
27x40 cm, Edition of 7

SUSPENSION, 2015 27x40 cm, Edition of 7

SUSPENSION, 2015
27x40 cm, Edition of 7

CRESTFALLEN, 2015 24"x16" Edition of 7

CRESTFALLEN, 2015
24"x16" Edition of 7

TAKING IT IN, 2015 18"x24" Edition of 7

TAKING IT IN, 2015
18"x24" Edition of 7

Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: pricing@alexameade.com.

ALEXA + LACEY

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All photographs by Lacey
Paintings by Alexa Meade for Details Magazine, September 2014

CMYK

K, 2015 18"x24" Edition of 7

K, 2015
18"x24" Edition of 7

C, 2015 18"x24" Edition of 7

C, 2015
18"x24" Edition of 7

M, 2015 18"x24" Edition of 7

M, 2015
18"x24" Edition of 7

Y, 2015 18"x24" Edition of 7

Y, 2015
18"x24" Edition of 7

Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: pricing@alexameade.com.

STILL LIFE

FRUIT BOWL, 2009
20"x10", Edition of 7

GRAPEFRUIT, 2009
9"x12", Edition of 7

EGG ON EGG, 2009
16"x10", Edition of 7

BEND, 2012
11"x14", Edition of 7

Limited edition prints and commissioned portraits available. Pricing upon request: pricing@alexameade.com.

LIVE Events

EXHIBITION AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY Read the exhibition review on Wall Street Journal

EXHIBITION AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Read the exhibition review on Wall Street Journal

PORTRAIT, MEET SELF-PORTRAIT; 2012
18"x24" Edition of 7
(Camera-Ready Color at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery)

PORTRAIT, MEET PORTRAIT; 2012
18"x24" Edition of 7
(Camera-Ready Color at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery)

Alexa Meade's performance in Plaza del Mercado de Fuencarral in Madrid for Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

Alexa Meade for MINI Cooper
Tokyo, Japan 

Alexa Meade for MINI Cooper
Tokyo, Japan

Alexa Meade for Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, 2014 
Madrid, Spain (Photo by Jose Luis)

Alexa Meade for Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, 2014 
Madrid, Spain (Photo by Jose Luis)

Alexa Meade for Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, 2014 
Madrid, Spain (Photo by Jose Luis)

Alexa Meade for MINI Cooper
Tokyo, Japan

MINI and Alexa Meade collaborate for a unique live painting event in Shibuya. Using a MINI and live models as her canvas, Alexa applies her painting style to transform 3D objects to appear as 2D paintings.