body painting explained by Human Statue Bodyart
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here in Sydney, Australia, to as far abroad as Italy
and the United States, people often ask me... "What
is modern body painting"?
has been quite the revival of body painting in Western
society since the 1960s, in part prompted by the liberalization
of social mores regarding nudity and often comes in
sensationalist or exhibitionist forms. Even today
there has been constant debate about the legitimacy
of body painting as an art form, but I think the debate
current modern revival could be said to date back
to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago when Max Factor,
Sr. and his model Sally Rand were arrested for causing
a public disturbance when he body-painted her with
his new make-up formulated for Hollywood films.
art today evolves to the works more directed towards
personal mythologies, as Jana Sterbak, Rebecca Horn,
Youri Messen-Jaschin or Javier Perez.
painting is not always large pieces on fully nude
bodies, but can involve smaller pieces on displayed
areas of otherwise clothed bodies.
painting led to a minor alternative art movement in
the 1950s and 1960s, which involved covering a model
in paint and then having the model touch or roll on
a canvas or other medium to transfer the paint. French
artist Yves Klein is perhaps the most famous for this,
with his series of paintings "Anthropometries".
The effect produced by this technique creates an image-transfer
from the model's body to the medium. This includes
all the curves of the model's body (typically female)
being reflected in the outline of the image. This
technique was not necessarily monotone; multiple colors
on different body parts sometimes produced interesting
What is body painting and body art?...
art has a rich history in nearly every culture of
the world, from tattooing to bodypainting. While modern
body art is sometimes seen as the realm of rebellious
teenagers, a resurgence in the movement has brought
body art back to the mainstream.
term "bodypainting," or body painting, may
refer to any number of things, including, but not
limited to, face painting and body painting in Western
culture, mendhi (or henna) from India, woad from ancient
Scotland, huito from South America and tattoos.
body paint was worn during ceremonies such as marriages,
funerals, coming of age rites or before battles and
wars. It is still practiced for these purposes among
some societies today. Body painting was often utilized
in religious ceremonies, and examples of this can
be traced back to early period cave paintings in various
parts of the world.
art also has a longstanding tradition in the theater
and performing arts world, such as the traditional
white face of Japanese Kabuki theater. Modern circus
clown makeup is also considered by some to be a form
of body art. In the case of body art for performing
arts, the methods and materials that are used are
often heavily guarded secrets among performers.
learn more about the world of bodypainting (and human
statues - live statues), bodyart and makeup, check
the official websites of our Human Statue Bodyart
and Human Entertainment www.humanentertainment.com.au