San Jose, CA
"Surreal... masterful marvel" -Daily Mail. "Trina Merry's amazing work blurs the lines of reality" -Huffington Post. Bodypaint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience. My surface is living, breathing human beings making this a highly relevant & immediate medium. I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, like a Tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color. For this reason highly intentional photography has become an important part of documenting my work. I collaborate closely with photographers to make sure I share the same perspective eye as the technology. Likewise, I work with my human canvases on poses, creating new opportunities for line & form. My work is sometimes experienced live as an installation, for example, at museums, or preserved through photographs as limited edition fine art prints. I draw elements from the painting on the back of the prints making each original & unique. I love the double-take people do as they look at my work. It's this reaction that ignited my recent human motorcycle project to go internationally viral in the media. I apprenticed under world renown bodypainter Craig Tracy at his gallery in New Orleans. I have a B.A. in film & worked in the art department in Hollywood on major films & tv shows before finding my current medium.
My work comes from life- real or dreamt. I am often inspired by what the human body can or can't do.
It's so much fun! I had a blast painting models last year for the RAWards at Graumann's Chinese Theater for presenter Jaymz Marez. I also love the DIY Indie vibe. Thanks for giving us all the opportunity to show our art to the world!
I am driven by passion and the desire to make quality art work that leaves a legacy. I am fueled by my hardworking committed team, my encouraging family, friends & fans.