Thursday, January 8, 2009

Worlds Most Incredible Face Paintings


The 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.





























6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your work is incredible! What is the time range that it takes you to create each painting? I hope you are making a living displaying your art - it is awesome!

By the way - what state do you live in where you got 12 inches of snow? We are in Michigan.

Good Luck -- Brenda

Anonymous said...

That is amazing, I could never do that, I just don't have the patience, it takes a lot of willpower to do something like that. I applaud you. Keep up the great work.

Patti G. said...

James, from Michigan, you are amazing!!!!!
Love all the faces your are creating and your artwork is fab!
:0) Smiling at your face,
Patti (from neighboring WI)

Xela said...

Fantastic!!!!

Gaby Bee said...

What a fun! Love all these faces, but especially the pig!
Your art work is incredible!
Greetings from Germany,
Gaby

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