365 Face Painting Transformations!
Artist James Kuhn has face painted himself every day for a whole year. He is known for his “365 Transformations,” which can be viewed at Flickr.
Top: Startled Geisha – “This wig is actually made out of a digiorno pizza box! Painted with the Mehron Paradise face paints, cut out, and taped to my head with painters masking tape. The cascading flowers are a seperate piece. Kimono and fan painted on my chest. I painted the parts of my face i wanted to disappear with black face paint and against the black backdrop the illusion works,” description by James Kuhn.
The artist’s statement (from Flickr):
I am an artist, drag queen, former nudist, born again Christian, average 46 year old guy…well maybe not exactly average! I love to paint on anything, including most recently, flesh! Mostly i have painted images from the bible in a style i call “Paint Mosaic” a collage style made up of painted watercolor paper, cut up and assembled onto canvas. Currently i am having fun making photographic self portrait’s, involving face painting. Face paint is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long while! I believe it may have magical powers! I started a “365 transformations” project and painted my face every day for a year! I have recieved world wide attention with this series, and i have to say, i love all the fuss!
Molly Bird -Inspired by Kuhn’s brother’s bird (an African Gray Parrot named Molly!)
Elizabeth – Crown and hair made from a pizza box, cut out and painted with makeup.
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