"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 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.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area but travel frequently.
I do portfolio building, private commissions, events, lookbooks, and commercial advertisting campaigns.
I sell signed, limited edition prints of my work.
I do some guaranteed editorials TF. I do one thing for a charity per quarter for trade- materials must be covered and I must receive a tax write off. If you are supporting a charity & throwing an event, we are willing to be paid our normal rates and donate a portion of our proceeds directly to the charity to legally receive the write off for our services.
I have a full 75 person troupe called the Art Alive Gallery which included models/circus performers/dancers, hair, mua, photography, video, art department & more. We are a one stop shop for what you need.
I have my own fine art series I plan out a year in advance & am by nature a performance/installation artist so I dont really need to do TF work. But if it's an AMAZING concept and your portfolio is AMAZING contact me & we can see if its a good fit.
Coverage on the motorcycles are intense. Here are some of the big ones so far:
Ripley's Belive it or Not
NY Daily News
Creatv.org ART ALIVE Gallery feature & interview airing Thursday 6/23/11 on channel 15 & streaming online at 6pm.
Sports Illustrated Magazine
The City of Vegas
Rolling Stone Magazine
Craig Tracy Gallery
111 Minna Gallery
Wild Child World
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Mardis Gras New Orleans
KOFY Channel 20 (CKMT)
ATOM Magazine (cover)
Dark Beauty Magazine
The Black Bars Magazine
Metro Magazine (Cover & several features)
San Jose Mercury News
10 West Coast Artists (Book)
Landscapes: Urban & Remote (Book)
Psycho Doughnuts Calendar (January 2012- "The Apocalypse")
Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School
*Full list available upon request
Tuan Tran NYE SF Fashion Show
SF Chic Fashion Week (my own bodypaint fashion line)
Headbanger's Accessories "HB in 3D" (bodypainted live & for runway)
Kin Yoobi Con "Super Mario Bros" with Amore Grace
List of Art Exhibits, Events & Video available upon request.
Ive worked with sooo many people on Model Mayhem- which is awesome! But rather than list everyone, I'll list out the people that I recommend when putting together a creative team...
Tahira the Pure Dance Theater
Clothing & Accessory Designers:
Black Lotus Clothing
Miss G Designs
Wax & Wane Designs
Allison Marie Cullen
Makeup by Gina
Scott Marrs Photography
Daniel Gaines Photography
Apicella (alslens.com) 715208