Tag: #SkinWars

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!

Follow this link to watch the full video.

(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.”

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

The Boulet Brothers have been pumping out the thickest, most potent dress up and dance parties in Los Angeles for over a decade, and are a drag duo who both perform and MC events worldwide.The couple are set to host Seattle Pride in the summer of 2015, and are featured hosts at RUPAUL’s DRAG CON in May. They have appeared on World of Wonders (Rupaul’s Drag Race) TRANSFORMATIONS with James St James, and opened the 2014 Marco Marco fashion show, and were the MCs & hosts of WASTELAND WEEKEND (2012-2014), VANCOUVER FETISH WEEKEND, and the AVN Awards in Las Vegas 2014.
 

 
The Boulet Brothers are available for interviews or to answer questions about the upcoming event – feel free to reach out to them here.

Rio Sirah is a self taught artist born in Jackson, Mississippi, who was raised by family with Alabama and Illinois roots. Since his arrival in Atlanta Rio has produced artwork in the mediums of make-up, body art, video, fine art, and other various artistic forms of expression. He has worked with and for the following companies: Netherworld, Dragoncon, Bonner Brothers, PMAC, Magic City, Straight Stuntin Magazine.
 
Find out more about Rio at his website www.riosirah.com.
 
Rio was also chosen as a 2015 Skin Wars competitor! See his Skin Wars feature page here.
 

Cheryl Ann grew up on an Arabian horse farm in Belews Creek, North Carolina. At a very young age she began drawing, and when introduced to oil paint at age 10, fell in love with painting and the art of making art. She has since continued painting as both a lifelong passion and a professional career.
 
Cheryl Ann looks for beauty in everything she does. Traditional in approach yet extremely personal in application, Cheryl Ann’s figure studies, portraits, landscapes and body paintings are effused with emotion and grace, while the love of her work is evident in every piece and in every brushstroke. She strives to capture the true essence of her subject matter with the reflective soul of the colors of her palette.
 
She has received art degrees from Guilford Technical Community College, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville NC. In addition she has completed private apprenticeships with master painters, Senor Javier Pamplona in Madrid, Spain, Master Fresco painters Ben Long IV and Roger Nelson at the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, and continued her studies with workshops as well as private lessons from Artists Mr. John Cosby, Mr. Tony Griffin and Professional Body Painters Bella Volen and the Triple Crown World Champions; Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco of Livingbrush Studios.
 
The fine art movement of Bodypainting has launched her career onto an overflowing path of success and opportunities. After only Body Painting for 2 months in 2013, Cheryl Ann won 1st place in the Living Art America, North American Bodypainting Championships in the Emerging Artist Category. She returned to compete in 2014 for the Pro Category and placed 2nd. She also came in 12th place against 67 artists from over 45 different countries during the Worlds International Bodypainting Championships held in Portschach am Worthersee, Austria 2013. She looks forward to many new adventures, competitions and opportunities with the Body Art Community.
 
Currently Cheryl Ann’s focus is on Impressionism, portraiture, plein air painting, still life, landscapes, commissions, and body paintings. She is developing her own signature style while producing new works.
All art is Authentic, Original and Signed.
 
Find out more about Cheryl at her website www.cherylannlipstreu.com
 
**Sugar Skull Collaboration**
Models – Voluptus Mors, Photographer – Rodriguez
**Untitled**
Photographer – PhotodudeART.com
**Untitled**
Model – Brittney Isphording, Photographer – Eddie Reynolds
**Black and White**
Model – Brittney Isphording, Photographer – Eddie Reynolds
**Untitled**
Model – Ramon Dickenson, Photographer – Mitch Tilley
**Cheryl Ann Lispstreu**
 

 
Cheryl Ann was also chosen as a 2015 Skin Wars competitor! See her Skin Wars feature page here.
 

 

The new season of Skin Wars has been announced and several of our contestants have been chosen to compete! Congrats to Lana Chromuium, Avi Ram, Rio Sirah, and Cheryl Ann Lipstreu! Tickets to see these world class artists live paint are still available here.

Dewayne Flowers was born and raised in Georgia and has recently relocated to San Diego. He has always been an artist working in the mediums of drawing, painting, ceramics. He became interested in bodypainting when he was 17 and did his first painting in his junior year of high school. He took a very poor photo of that piece which then became the catalyst for him to learn photography. Referred to as a photographer, he sees himself as more of an artist who knows how to photograph his own work. You can learn more about Dewayne at his website www.fleshandcolor.com. See his video with Lana Chromium below.
 

 
**UV Body Painting**
Model – NA, Photographer – Dwayne Flowers
**Pink Tutu Improvisation**
Model – NA, Photographer – Dwayne Flowers
**Machine Michelle**
Model – Nicole DeAngelo, Photographer – Dewayne Flowers
**UV-Skeleton Dia De Los Muertos**
Model – Kelsey Ullrich, Photographer – Dewayne Flowers
**Steampunk Clock Doll (from Skin Wars)**
Model – NA, Photographer – Dewayne Flowers
**Dewayne Flowers**

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