Art

Alexa Meade

“I had to think of paint as paint over a canvas, because I had no experience doing that. I only saw painting as something that can be used in space.”

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  Alexa is an American artist best known for her portraits on an unusual canvas: the human body. She earned her BA in Political Science in 2009 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She never attended art school but rather learned to paint through the innovation of this new technique. She became a professional artist that same year. Meade paints directly on the surfaces of her models’ bodies and three-dimensional objects, collapsing real world depth on a flat two-dimensional painting, (as opposed to the classic concept trompe l'oeil). The resulting pieces are walking and talking optical illusions, 3D paintings that confuse how the eye processes objects in space. Her work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the Postmasters Gallery in New York City, the Ivo Kamm Gallery in Zurich, and at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Recently, Alexa completed a collaboration with the artist Sheila Vand and Grammy award-winning musician, Gotye. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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  • 2013

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