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Margaret Mauthe is an artist who’s preferable canvas is the human body. She lives art, which is her passion and livelihood. She tries to capture beauty and pure emotion with her work, stopping the clock in the circling universe of her imagination. Body Art is cathartic to the artist, and should be tranquil for the model. She lives by those rules, if only by those rules.
 
You can find out more about her at her website: www.balloonsandbodyart.com

Oscar A. Galvan Jr. is a native of San Antonio. He’s been a Professional Artist for over ten years, participating in many events including the Centro Cultural Atzlan gallery, Gallista Gallery where he had his first one artist show in 2010. He’s also participated in the On and Off Fred tour for the past five years. Oscar’s been bodypainting for over five years and he loves the world of Bodypainting, painting on a human canvas using paints specifically for the body. The Art of Bodypainting has changed my life on so many levels. Oscar has participated in the World Bodypainting Festival Competition in 2012 held in Austria, moving to the Finals, where he ranked as the only American in his category. In 2013 he competed in Living Art America Bodypainting competition in Atlanta, the main bodypainting competition held in the United States. 2014 was a great year starting with the Flesh Art Show in New Orleans, followed by a return to Living Art America, and closing the year off in New York, for New York City Bodypainting Day, first of its kind; fully nude models, male and female painted at Central Park followed by a march to Time Square.
 
You can see more about Oscar at his website: www.galvanstudios.org
 

Check out the link to see this morning’s My FOX LA segment on our upcoming live body painting competition!

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(From LAWeekly.com)
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L.A.’S NEWEST COMPETITIVE SPORT: PAINTING NAKED BODIES

BY ISAAC SIMPSON WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
 

Body Painting is L.A.'s Hottest Art Form – A Living, Sensuous Canvas in Time-Lapse from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

 
“Being body painted helps you get more comfortable in your own skin,” says model Adriana Widmann, 22, seen in the video above. She is standing topless in a sunny Mar Vista living room on a Monday afternoon.
 
“Even though it’s not your own skin,” says Nicolette Spear, the artist painting her.
 
Spear, 30, founder of Body Fine Art, met Widmann, a trained ballerina, at Burning Man, where the two both performed as fire dancers. They were drawn to body painting for its focus on the physical — the communion of art and flesh.
 
The superbowl of body painting, the World Body Painting Festival, takes place yearly in Carinthia, Austria, and has been steadily growing since 1998. This Saturday, Body Fine Art, the West Coast’s answer to the WBPF, will take place at the Springs in the Downtown Arts District. Twenty artists from around the world will compete for a $5,000 prize. The theme of the competition is Sacred Body, referencing the importance of our earthly vessels and the spiritual energy that runs through them.
 
Just because the theme is a spiritual one does not mean the artists aren’t competitive.
 
“It’s funny to be competing in an artistic realm because it’s so subjective and, not to sound cliché, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase what we do,” says Gilmore. “Still, people go there to compete, that’s for sure. The body painting community is supportive, but people definitely want to win.”
 
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Body painter Nicolette Spear covers model Adriana Widmann
Shannon Cottrell
 
In a city of many subcultures, body painting still manages to be unique. It’s a mash-up of many established art worlds — fine art, makeup, performance, dance, high fashion — and its proponents come from all of those fields. Yet in the past it has been dismissed as a novelty, or as too overtly sexual to be taken seriously.
 
“There is an aspect of hedonism to it, and sometimes that can go off into fringe,” says David Gilmore. Gilmore is a well-known illustrator who painted the ceiling of Mariah Carey’s bedroom. He is featured on the Game Show Network’s body painting show Skin Wars.
 
“I try to stick into the fine art application of it,” says Gilmore. “Something you would see in a gallery or a coffee table book. It’s all about the presentation.”
 
As Gilmore struggles to corral body painting into the realm of fine art, its popularity at Burning Man and its many spin-offs has placed it en vogue. As an ancient, physical craft, it is, like many Burning Man spin-offs, a reaction to our digitally saturated society.
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Shannon Cottrell
 
From geeks to sports fans, everyone is using body paint. Prominent body painters have recently been responsible for Gotye’s famous video for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” for the paint-on swimsuits in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, for Beyonce photo spreads and for a human recreation of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.
 
The point that artists like Spear and Gilmore are forwarding is that it is more than a novelty. It may be impermanent, but, like street art, that can be an advantage.
 
“Body painting is never precious, so you’re more willing to experiment,” says Spear, as she draws squiggles of green on Widmann’s naked butt. “I personally believe you’re illustrating the energetic pathways on the skin. In that way, the model’s spirit or personality is being expressed on the skin, which is in some ways more real than the skin itself.”

We’ve got a list of amazing photographers competing in our live body painting and photography competition THIS SATURDAY, May 16 at The Springs in Downtown LA. Check out their websites to explore their work.
 
RAQUEL NATALICCHIO
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CARLOS TORRES GARZON
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DIANA LUCKYSOVA
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DUSTIN ENGELSKIND
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ROBERT REIFF
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STACEY MEINEKE
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KIMBERLEY GREEN
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JOEL HINDMAN
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MANNY LLANURA
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MARC EVANS
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Lana has been painting since she was a child, however, she was enrolled into music school. Upon completion of her music education, Lana enrolled into Art and Design High School in 2000 to begin her art journey and continued to Architectural and Design University in 2002. At age 19 she had trainee-ship at Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts. 
After her fourth year of art education, Lana went to visit family in San Diego, CA and fell in love with the city’s people and coastal beauty. Seeking better opportunities and freedom to express herself, Lana became a resident of San Diego and found employment as a graphic designer in 2006. After three years working in design, Lana decided to expand her creative side, grow her art skills by trying new types of art and immersing herself into a different world – body painting. In 2009 she found a group of body painters and they did art collaborations three times a month. During her first year with the group, they had a body art photo exhibit at Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park, San Diego CA.
 
Since 2011, Lana has been working as a solo fine art body painter. Her work influenced by Fantasy motives and Urban culture, using light-hearted symbolism and creativity that undermines rules.
Lana also continues to paint on canvas in different mediums: acrylic, oils, watercolors, ink.
Her one of favorite techniques is cold batik technique. Her art inspired by impressionism, surrealism and modern arts.
 
You can find out more about Lana at her website: www.artbychromium.com
 
Lana was also chosen as a 2015 Skin Wars competitor! See her Skin Wars feature page here.
 

Find out more about Claudia at her website: www.cuerpogris.org

Nicolette Spear is an artist and body painter who lives in the LA area. Body Fine Art spoke with her about the upcoming competition, her love for the art form and what inspired her to start BFA.
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WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THE BODY FINE ART COMPETITION?
The Body Fine Art Bodypainting Competition is about more than just body painting. It’s all about collaboration. There are lots of different kinds of artists performing on Saturday, including photographers, DJs and the live artists who are our models.
 
We’re doing something new in the active way we are spotlighting collaboration and actively engaging collaboration. The photographers working in tandem with the painters is something that’s never been done. Some body painting shows do have performing models, but we want to highlight that collaboration of performance art and body art. Also, many body painters feel that there’s an energy reading that happens between the model and the body painter. Every model brings their own energy to each painting and that is in and of itself a collaboration.
 
One of the beautiful things about body painting is that it’s like a sand mandala. You spend all these hours painting and then it just gets washed down the drain. It’s temporary. The art exists for only a moment and then it’s gone. And so, photography and videography become a big part of of the collaboration. The capturing of the moment with the model. The sweet spot happens when everyone’s feeling it, the photographer’s in the moment and all of these elements meet in the middle.
 
The goal of the event is to promote freedom of expression and to get people excited about creating, themselves. We want to inspire others to be collaborative and expressive as well. The freedom of expression is contagious.
 
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE BFA COMPETITION?
I saw a need for something. As a body painter, I looked for events in Southern California and couldn’t find anything. I wanted to provide an arena for the art form in my area.
 
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN BODY PAINTING?
Tribal and indigenous cultures have been doing body painting for a long time. There are cave paintings which document body painting as far back as 100,000 years. Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher are two National Geographic photographers who’ve written a lot about the history of African body painting.
 
As a painter and art history major, I was already really interested in the human figure. The idea that you can actually paint on the human figure was new to me, but after the research I realized that body painting is an ancient art form. Once I realized that body painting existed it was an “ah ha” moment for me and I think it’s a similar moment for most body painters. I can paint on the form instead of painting the form.
 
I love the Beckwith/Fisher book, “Painted Bodies”. What excites me most about their work is the African attitude towards the body. I would love for the western culture to adopt the comfort with the body other cultures have. Whatever part of the body the artist is painting becomes an extension of the artistic expression and there’s no awkwardness around the nakedness.
 
There’s something healing about finding beauty in one’s body. I think a lot of body painting models experience this freedom of judgement of their body. Being painted helps them to feel love towards their body.

The skin is the boundary that separates the self from the external world. It is the interface between the inner and the outer, the intimate and the infinite… The human form, through the brilliance of inspired artistry becomes a sacred geography of the soul, a map of culture and myth expressed by forms painted, carved, incised, or etched upon the canvas of the body. — Wade Davis (From the introduction to the book “Painted Bodies” by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher)

WHAT ARE SOME CURRENT THEMES IN YOUR OWN WORK?
Each work is dependent on the model and where I am at that time in my life. I love to illustrate anatomy. When I have a particular vision in mind, I’m very picky about choosing my model because of the collaboration. There’s also a spiritual element to my work that I think is about transformation. I like to have a connection with my model so that I can know what kind of transformation they are having. I couldn’t create the vision without the canvas being a living breathing entity with it’s own wants. Personal transformation is a big theme. My own, and the transformation of the model and what their wants are. And there can be conflicting wants as the body has to eat and breath and go to the bathroom. There become complications, which are part of the process and lead to their own discoveries.
 
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Body painting is having an artistic revival. The revival has occurred first in Europe with the World Body Painting Festival which has over 40k in attendance. It’s become very popular in Europe which makes me think of Picasso with his fascination with African art. Only now is body painting really making its way here in the US. It’s awesome to be at the forefront of the movement here in the US and it’s really exciting to help the art form come to the forefront of the culture. There’s so many different places for the art form to go. We’re seeing it get absorbed into the culture more and more and I’m excited to see where this goes. There’s lots of different ways for it to be expressed in the culture.
 
You can find out more about Nicolette and see more of her work at her website – NicoletteSpear.com

Alisia Silliman is a self-taught, multi-talented Artist from Denver, Colorado. She became a Tattoo Artist at an early age and has since developed her love for Bodypainting. In 2012 she started her own Company, Angelcake Art LLC, Bodypainting, designing full makeups, costumes and prosthetics. 
 
She made the jump from local to global with the Gibraltar International Bodypainting Competition, taking First Place in 2014. She has since competed in the Greensboro Living Art America, taking 3rd Place Emerging Artist, and Assisted the 2nd Place winner of Atlanta Living Art America 2014. 
 
You can find out more about Alisia at her website: Angelcakebodyart.com

We’ve got a line up of amazing DJs spinning for us at our Mat 16 live bodypainting and photography competition! Check out their Sound Clouds below and get your tickets before they sell out. (Tix will sell out!!!)

Jason Bentley



 

DJ Wolfie



Jacques the Ripper



ipunx



Uru Majik


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