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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2 days ago

how????????

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Person #1,051
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1 day ago

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

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William Faulk
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2 days ago

I want to hang this in my room now.

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Christina Smith
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1 day 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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Pat Wooster
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1 day ago

Wow!

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Arlo Danielson
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2 days ago

Peace was never an option

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ainsley
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2 days ago

i like this one

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Pat Wooster
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1 day ago

Amazing!

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William Faulk
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2 days 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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2 days ago

oh thats kinda creepy at first

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Crazy Meerkat Lady
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3 hours ago

Great camouflage idea for hunting!

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Lacey Metzger
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1 day ago

TURTLES ARE MY FAV!!!

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William Faulk
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2 days ago

xD its derpy!

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William Faulk
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2 days ago

oh i see! thats cool

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Sneeze
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1 day ago

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

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William Faulk
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2 days ago

woah that dope!

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William Faulk
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2 days ago

that looks perfect! the color blends are better!

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Sophie Renda
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2 days ago

This one is incredible! WOW!!

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Colin L
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34 minutes ago

For a pidgeon?!

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Pat Wooster
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1 day ago

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

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Jack Centner
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23 hours ago

Peace to you too, my friend.

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Susan Green
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17 hours ago

This is stunning. What talent!

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FunK_One
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1 day ago

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

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Person #1,051
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1 day ago

One is real

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Sophie Renda
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1 day ago

Beautiful! It perfectly illustrates impending motherhood.

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William Faulk
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2 days ago

I looks so.... real!

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Pat Wooster
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1 day ago

I have no words. Unbelievable.

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LJ Robinson
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1 day ago

startlingly beautiful!

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Susie Swearingen-Kamachi
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1 day ago

You all really need to work for Pagent of the Masters

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FunK_One
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1 day ago

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

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Person #1,051
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1 day ago

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

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