LivingBrush Bodypainting

Scott Fray, Madelyn Greco, LivingBrush BodypaintingArtist Statement – Excerpt from

Every human family, in every place on our planet—from the sophisticated cultures of the ancient world, to the aborigines and tribal groups—have found expression in this artform. I see bodypainting as an essential part of the human story. We’ve used bodypainting to celebrate every facet of life and death, express joy and mourning, and establish a kinship with nature for 100,000 years now. I see my work as a continuance of this long tradition. Just a modern version. This is why you’ll see brushstrokes figure prominently in my work—not only is this consistent with what tribal people would have done, but I like it to look like it carries the mark of the human hand.

I always paint the entire model; After all, I am painting one of the most magnificent creations ever to appear on this earth— a living human being! I trust that the play of light and shadow, movement and form will create something unexpected, and magical beyond whatever desire I might have to control the outcome. The model, as a living instrument, has entered a sacred trust to carry the work to a place he/she is guided to. It’s a cooperative journey we take together.

I almost never know what I am going to paint. I trust my intuition and the art appears as I am doing it. Sometimes I have been guided to paint images on people that allow them to express parts of themselves that need deep healing. Experience has shown me that bodypainting can be exceedingly powerful, even life-changing. Once, a woman I had painted at a festival, she came back after a day of wearing the art. She hugged me with happy, thankful tears. She explained that as a teen she had been scarred in an accident. But the bodypainting seemed to have changed all that. She was overwhelmed at how loved she felt as hundreds told her how gorgeous she was. She wasn’t used to feeling gorgeous, much less being told so. Now, when she looked down she couldn’t see the scars, only the vibrant art she had become. It was a real transformational moment for her, and an awesome, humbling one for me. I now have dozens of stories like this. I’m not sure if other bodypainters get into the “soulful” aspects of this work as I have, but it has become a shamanic practice for me.

I believe that bodypainting serves a higher evolutionary purpose. I think it celebrates the body as glorious, joyful and free after carrying generations of shame and negative body images reinforced by the media. It’s liberating on many levels. When I see a crowd interact with one of my bodypaintings, I see it stretch the boundaries of their comfort zones—this is a new kind of way to hold the thing we call “human”. One that carries so much more vibrancy, radiance and power. It expands the very idea of “what we can be”. I’m happy to be a part of that movement!

~Scott Fray

Current #1 North American Bodypaint Champions 2011

Current #1 World Bodypaint Champions 2011

Current Guinness World Record Holder (“Most Bodies Painted)

Premier Inductee to the International Fine Art Body Painting Association

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