The Origin of Body Painting

Female body paintingBody painting is a shape of art that followed us from the ancient prehistoric times while human race was born, to the modern times wherever artist use human body as a innovative canvas that can showcase human beauty as no art style before it. A lot of people believe that body painting was the1st form of art that was used by humans, & archeological proof is close to support it. 

Records of various modern and ancient tribes from Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia show clear records of their body painting heritage. By using ordinary pigments from plants & fruits, ancient people decorated themselves with ritual tattoos, piercings, paintings, plugs & even scarring. Along with many historians, body painting was the vital part of the daily & spiritual lives, often showcasing their wishes for future, images of gods, inner qualities & many natural / war themes. Here, body paint was often applied for weddings, preparations for war, funerals or death, showcasing of position & rank, & rituals of adulthood. In addition to temporary body paints, many cultures used permanent tattoo or face painting that could showcase much larger details than paintings made from ordinary pigments. 

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All of those earliest traditions slowly traveled with the rise of the modern human civilization and managing to remain a part of traditions even in current times. Some example of modern day body paintings can be found in India & African-American Indian tribes that use body paint for many of their spiritual ceremonies. 

First up to date appearance of the full body paint emerged in 1933 while famous cosmetic inventor Max Factor Sr. caused disturbance and confusion with their exhibition of naked model Sally Rand on 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. Shock of this public marketing stunt didn’t manage to popularize body painting in the west; however it brought it to the minds of many prospect artists. 

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Widespread use of body painting emerged in 1960s while western artists strived to find new way to reveal themselves in a form that will be shocking and sensational. Their moment came with the forming of the hippie movement in United States, which accepted nudity, psychodelia & sexuality as their way of life. It is important to note, that body painting isn’t always applied to fully nude female body. It can also be applied to the slighter piece of skin, of then face, hands, chest & backs. 

Popular artists that used body paint like the means to express their artistic vision are Joanne Gair, Rebecca Horn, Youri Messen-Jaschin, & Jana Sterbak, who shocked the public by making full body paint for actress Demi Moore that was showcased on the cover of the August, 1992 cover of Vanity Fair. Next one very specific form of artistic body paint is used in substitute painting movement that received some traction in 1950s & 1960s. In it, artist applied paint on female models, which then embraced picture canvas & relocated paint on it with their contact. This method was mostly popularized through the work of French artist Yves Klein, who is today regarded as one of the key pioneers of Performance art. At present, artistic body paint is an accepted shape of alternative art across entire world.
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Javeria Khan said...

Basically, body painting is a form of body art which is temporary. Body painting are even done customarily in various parts of the world for their ceremonies and festivals. Body painting with clay and pigments existed in tribal culture, it still survives in ancient people of Australia, Africa, New Zeal-and etc. People of South Africa, traditionally use huito or wet charcoal to decorate their faces. Semi permanent form of body paintings are also used in various parts of the world.