Jan 7, 2009

Incredible Face Paintings | face painting masks

A man of many faces, creates some of the most incredible masks ever seen. The eccentric face painter calls his creations “self-portraits” because he uses his own face as the canvas for his artwork.

face painting masks

he 46-year old artist is halfway through his project to create a design for his face every day for a year, which he began in March after he was snowed in by 12 inches of snow and had to miss work.

James got the inspiration from photo exhibitions of a picture a day. His 365 creations range from cartoon characters and animals to his favorite foods.

Corn on the cob.

Kuhn uses real popcorn to add more realism to his popcorn box creation.

The Picasso of face painting has plastered his mug with a menagerie of images including Tweety Bird, King Kong, movie monster Hannibal Lector, zebras, and leopards.

But perhaps most striking are those of food — transforming his face into a giant box of pop corn, a cheeseburger, pineapple, frozen TV dinner, shish-kebabs, and even a cornucopia.

Dracula mask showing two screaming faces joined together.

“I saw other 365’s but they are self-indulgent or just plain silly.” said James. “I wanted to take it to a higher level.”

“Face painting is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long while!”

Based out of Three Oaks, Michigan, US, James takes his inspiration from anything, including children’s games, and loves to paint on everything, including flesh.

Kuhn does his own take on Mickey Mouse but on the theme of oranges.

Mr Pineapple Head. Kuhn even adds a real pineapple to the top.

“I really have become totally obsessed with face painting and I think about what I can do next all the time.” James says on his blog.

The artist says the worst part is painting the inside of his nostrils, as he ends up spitting them for hours.

He says he’s been an artist all his life, and even drew pictures in his oatmeal as a child.

“Art should never be a product.” says James. “It should be a gift of love and a prayer. Art is silly, and fun, and can be powerful and sacred.”

“I do show in galleries, but selling should never be your motivation for creating art.

‘Using your melon.

Body-builder weight lifter.

Seamonkey - James Kuhn

Zebra - James Kuhn

Miss Piggy & Kermit - James Kuhn

Gumby & Pokey - James Kuhn

Body Builder Weight Lifter - James Kuhn


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