These amazing body paintings were created by Gesine Marwedel a German artist based in Dortmund. She discovered her talent for body painting when volunteering in an Indian orphanage and learning the skill of painting with henna.
Gesine works as a speech-therapist and believes in the therapeutic qualities of art. She started to use the human body as a canvas as she found it was a good way to help people rediscover their beauty.
Emma Hack is one of the key figures in the contemporary skin art world, meticulously hand painting naked bodies to match their environments so much so that they nearly disappear. She became well known in the skin art world after contributing her work to Goyte’s iconic music video Somebody That I Used To Know
In the works below, see Hack transform her models into chameleons, meshing with the ornate wallpaper of artist Florence Broadhurst.
At first glance, the photo below appears to show a parrot perching on a tree – sporting a curved beak, colourful feathers and a pointed tail. But, in fact, it is a woman whose entire body has been painted to resemble the tropical bird.
The spectacular work of art was created by Johannes Stoetter, a former world champion body painter who said, “Even some of my closest friends who know me and my art didn’t notice that it is not a real parrot. When they found out, they were really amazed, stunned and surprised.”