Imagine seeing a beautiful painting, only to find that the artist used their hair to paint it. You’d be surprised at the crazy methods, and tools artists have used to create their works of art. Though unconventional, these unique techniques have resulted in paintings that no one else could achieve with regular brushes.
A lot of the tools that artists have used to make their bizarre handiwork include:
- a basketball
- dead ants
- eye socket
These are just a few strange items that painters have used to create their artwork. Here are some individuals that are pretty much redefining what it means to paint.
Sometimes all you need is a single color of paint and something taking up dust in your shed from childhood to create a work of art. In the case of Hong Yi, she used a basketball and red paint to make a portrait of famous basketball player Yao Ming. The name of her creation is “Red.”
There’s an entire video that shows her going through the whole process. The fascinating thing about painting with a bizarre object is learning that different styles can come from it. There may be some limitations, but it can be through restriction with which creativity is born.
Painting with hair doesn’t seem too farfetched. After all, hair can be very similar to a brush. This similarity might be why Danish performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen has created works using her hair.
What Rasmussen does is drag her hair across the canvas like she is a human paintbrush. She, essentially, whips her hair back and forth to create her art. Rasmussen uses large-scale paper to produce her artwork.
Many may protest at Chris Trueman’s artwork because it required him to kill so many ants. More specifically, he used about 200,000 dead ants. Trueman, however, makes it clear that he hated that he had to kill these insects.
The artist wanted to portray the value we put on intelligent life, no matter the size or type of living thing. Trueman’s painting is of his little brother holding a rifle. There have been those who have offered him $f35,000 for his creepily unique portrait.
Before you panic, no, the artist doesn’t directly put paint in his eye then directly touches that eye to a canvas. Instead, it’s a device where he inserts one end under his ocular lids, and the other side has a paintbrush attached. You can thank Xiang Chen for giving you this imagery.
Chen uses this device to paint calligraphy. He essentially grabs the item with his eyelids then drags the brush across the canvas using his head. That isn’t the only eye-grabbing activity he does: he can also grab a stick with his lids and use it to play the piano.
This is either the second or third most disgusting item on this list. If this isn’t proof that art can’t come from literally anywhere, including your insides, then I don’t know what is. The name of the artist that mastered the art of vomit painting is Millie Brown.
You can rest easy knowing that Brown doesn’t consume paint and then throws it up. She instead drinks colored milk and vomits it all over a canvas or a dress she’s wearing. Her works of art each have a value ranging in the thousands of dollars.
Vomit isn’t the only bodily fluid that artists have used to create their paintings. Using blood for paint is one of those fearful scenarios that goes right up there with Vlad the Impaler drinking human blood. Vinicius Quesada has created paintings that portrayed smoking monkeys and brutal geishas.
Quesada is a Brazilian street artist with some serious talent. The name of his gruesome series is Blood Piss Blues, which utilizes both blood and urine to produce his artwork. If you see his creations in passing, you wouldn’t ever guess that he used those fluids to make such professional-looking paintings.
It seems that you can take any item, cover it in paint, drag it over a canvas, and call it a painting. However, it takes a true artist to look at such unconventional items and use them to create a masterpiece. Many artists, including the ones on this list, invented a whole new style of painting.
Seeing this list may broaden your views on what art can be. These painters probably even inspired you to see the useless junk catching dust in your attic as new painting tools. Either way, it’s good to know that art can be made with anything if you have the right amount of creativity.