Arguably, the appearance of humans, culture, and nature has been a central theme throughout art for millennia. Some may even argue that these themes have gone hand in hand with art since forever. These themes are not only durable, as they are frequent, too; in fact, they are so frequent that it's hard to come up with something original, unexhausted, and refreshing.

This is where the works of Gesine Marwedel come into play. She blends the themes of human appearance, nature, and animals all into one, and centers them around the human body itself. She creates these fantastic body paintings that resemble anything from an animal to an abstraction, and does so with elegance and mastery that's hardly ever matched. She blends the images with the human body so well, that it's sometimes hard to even see the "canvas."

She has shared with us how it all started, and what she draws inspiration from: "I always painted on canvas and put some photos on the internet. A photographer (Thomas van de Wall) saw them and asked me to paint a face. That's how it started. I am inspired by poses, by colors, by animals and nature... sometimes I just see something and an idea immediately comes into my mind."

More info: Instagram | Facebook | gesine-marwedel.de

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

how????????

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Christina Smith
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1 year ago

Gosh I give props to the model for having to stand like that until the painting was done goodness it hurts me to image it

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Arlo Danielson
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1 year ago

Peace was never an option

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Person #1,051
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1 year ago

What part of the body is that?????? I only see shell

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

I want to hang this in my room now.

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ainsley
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1 year ago

i like this one

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

oh wow! but think, all the time used making these is gone after the picture...

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

oh thats kinda creepy at first

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Lacey Metzger
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1 year ago

TURTLES ARE MY FAV!!!

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Pat Wooster
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1 year ago

Wow!

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Bear
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1 week ago

I see a man crouching down in grass

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Pat Wooster
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1 year ago

Amazing!

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Sneeze
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1 year ago

lmao theres a book on body paint near where the heart would be

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Bear
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1 week ago

A womans shoulder

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

oh i see! thats cool

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

xD its derpy!

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Clandestine
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1 year ago

powerful

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Janina Prado
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1 year ago

Really good! Took me a minute.

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

woah that dope!

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Talia Mclaren
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5 months ago

no d

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Sophie Renda
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1 year ago

This one is incredible! WOW!!

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BarkingBunny
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1 year ago

How many models are in this? There has to be more than six?

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

that looks perfect! the color blends are better!

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だまされやすい!
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1 year ago

great body movement!

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Pat Wooster
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1 year ago

Good grief! The work in this is amazing! Must have taken forever!

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だまされやすい!
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1 year ago

kinda creepy when you finally see the people...

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だまされやすい!
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1 year ago

beautiful!

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FunK_One
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1 year ago

Looking at these makes me miss the animal challenge episodes of Body Wars on Netflix!

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だまされやすい!
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amazing!!!

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William Faulk
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1 year ago

I looks so.... real!

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BarkingBunny
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1 year ago

The face is startling...

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Person #1,051
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1 year ago

One is real

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Jack Centner
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1 year ago

Peace to you too, my friend.

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轟焦凍
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1 year ago

noice

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Sophie Renda
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1 year ago

Beautiful! It perfectly illustrates impending motherhood.

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Pat Wooster
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1 year ago

I have no words. Unbelievable.

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John Q Citizen
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1 year ago

Just now saw the baby! Mother and child duet

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LJ Robinson
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1 year ago

startlingly beautiful!

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Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
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1 year ago

You all really need to work for Pagent of the Masters

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Person #1,051
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1 year ago

It says: "Happy new, fun and healthy new year" in German

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FunK_One
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1 year ago

RIght arm is a little out alignment from this angle, but what an incredible design!

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