Welcome to the Paint A'Licious Salon where dreams and fantasies come true with the simplicity of a brushstroke. Nothing is as it seems when renowned artist and photographer Joanne Gair embellishes, conceals, and camouflages her human subjects with paint. We're all familiar with trompe l'oeil painting, art that fools the eye. Renowned body painter and artist Joanne Gair takes the art of trompe l'oeil to an entirely new level with Paint A 'Licious. But instead of disguising walls or canvas, Gair completely redecorates her human subjects.
In the fictional Paint A'Licious Salon, Gair invites us to experience our wildest dreams through paint. Washboard abs are achieved without sit-ups, and an hourglass figure requires no liposuction at this specialty salon. By painstakingly painting her subjects--a process that takes many hours--Gair blends them (nearly imperceptibly) into the background scene.
You'll be scratching your head in amazement at the fantastic optical illusions Gair creates. A painted child disappears under the Christmas tree, barely discernible from the wrapped gifts. A naughty nurse in a uniform made only of paint arrives to cheer up a patient. And are those plaid biker shorts or just a tartan paint job under that Scotsman's kilt?
Paint A 'Licious is the book everyone will want on their coffee tables.
Celebrity body painter Gair turns her talents to comic ends with this book of trompe l'oeil photographs. Until now, Gair, who is best known for the "birthday suit" she painted on Demi Moore for Vanity Fair's August 1992 cover, has dedicated her talents to helping other people realize their artistic visions. She's done body painting for music videos by Madonna and Nine Inch Nails, for ad campaigns by Versace and Pirelli and for photo features in Playboy and Vogue. For this volume, however, Gair not only painted the bodies, she also wielded the camera and conceived the scenes. The result is exquisite body painting set into scenes of bawdy, almost adolescent humor. The images are organized around the idea that body painting can help people realize their fantasies. "It's a Stretch but You've Still Got It," for example, shows an old woman in a pink tutu doing the splits on a golden stage, with the help of an assistant painted to blend into the curtains. "No Sweat" shows an overweight woman happily leading an aerobics class her body painted so that she appears 30 pounds slimmer. If you think such scenes are funny, you'll love the book.