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Paint A 'Licious: The Pain-Free Way to Achieving Your Naked Ambitions Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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Celebrity body painter Gair turns her talents to comic ends with this book of trompe l'oeil photographs. Until now, Gair, who is best known for the "birthday suit" she painted on Demi Moore for Vanity Fair's August 1992 cover, has dedicated her talents to helping other people realize their artistic visions. She's done body painting for music videos by Madonna and Nine Inch Nails, for ad campaigns by Versace and Pirelli and for photo features in Playboy and Vogue. For this volume, however, Gair not only painted the bodies, she also wielded the camera and conceived the scenes. The result is exquisite body painting set into scenes of bawdy, almost adolescent humor. The images are organized around the idea that body painting can help people realize their fantasies. "It's a Stretch but You've Still Got It," for example, shows an old woman in a pink tutu doing the splits on a golden stage, with the help of an assistant painted to blend into the curtains. "No Sweat" shows an overweight woman happily leading an aerobics class—her body painted so that she appears 30 pounds slimmer. If you think such scenes are funny, you'll love the book. (Oct. 11)
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Joanne Gair is a pioneering artist and image maker whose instantly recognisable work has graced the covers of international magazines, fashion campaigns, music videos and motion pictures.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; First edition. edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0733620019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740755378
  • ASIN: 0740755374
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Gair's book is a work of art! It's filled with many pages of comedic and colorful human canvases. Paint A 'Licious is much more humorous than first expected, and I was quite impressed with its magnificant creative concepts. The details and colors are amazing. Also, I love the fact that in the back she has photographs of each photo shoot to give the novice an idea of the complexity involved. For any art lover, or just anyone with a sense of humor, this book is a must! Look out, Anne Geddes!
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OK, the nudity part was what made this book intriguing, but it isn't lewd. GREAT paint jobs. Each photograph or series of photos tells a very short story. They are accompanied by quotations which enhance or explain the photographs. Give this book as a gift to someone who appreciates photography, art, humor and the human experience. The entire volume takes about 15 or 20 minutes to thoroughly enjoy, but you may want to repeat the process a couple of times. Some of the camouflage paint jobs are simply amazing!
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I have long admired Jo Ann Gair for her amazing artistic ability applied to human form. I was so pleased to enjoy the funny and heartwarming work of art by this extremely talented woman. The care, production value and attention to detail in each image is astounding. A true gem of artistry and humor to enchant your friends and family.
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This delightful collection presents dozens of painted works, all painted on the models' skin and clothing. Although the collection as a whole has a hit-or-miss quality about it, there are plenty of charming and witty hits.

For example, the back cover shows the back of a kilted bag-piper, with his kilt akilter in a gust of wind. Underneath his tartan, we see the same plaid painted across his thighs and rear - so that's what's under the kilt! A piece titled "Feel Free" shows a prison cell with the prisoner camo-painted to blend in with the wall. "Young at Heart" is just one in a recurring theme. Not only has a bathing suit been painted onto an unsuited figure, but the edges of her fleshy form have been made up to match the background leaving a slimmer, sleeker figure drawn across only part of the model's actual width. My favorite, though might be "Santa Trap." A small boy waits up on Christmas Eve to see Santa come down the chimney. His skin is painted over in patterns of gift wrap and christmas tree greenery, making his stakeout very nearly invisible. Not all of these pieces work as well as the best, but the collection as a whole is very enjoyable.

It's cute and clever, but not all of the pieces worked for me. Nudity-shy readers might or might not be put off. Many of models are topless or bottomless, but it takes a very close look to see that they're painted rather than clothed. I honestly can't say whether this counts as nudity or not, but it does contribute a sly edge to a number of photos. No matter, it's all good fun.

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By S. Katz on December 6, 2005
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This book is for everyone! Joanne shows her enormous talent and sense of humor. What a pleasure to look at and share with others. This will be around a long time.
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Imaginative and fun. The beautiful illusions only co-exist with the storybook like photographs.
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This is Joanne Gair's first book and shows the fun you can have with the body painted image using it to illustrate well known sayings, to hide your painted goddess, enhance her (or him) or display them amongst garden produce. These are some of the ideas that are included in this amusing book. It does not feature the well known people that are in her other books and so can show more humour in the art form, almost like an English naughty postcard. This is Joanne having fun and you will laugh along with it, not as sexy as her later books but with a lot of novel ideas not found in her later books. I wholly recommend it as it also shows her flair for the marriage of art and humour with an abundant use of colour giving the pictures a punch.
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This book is quite different to what I was expecting, but that's not bad in this case. In case you are looking for a more "sexy" or "erotic but elegant" type of nude photography, this book is not what you are looking for. Some of its pictures are indeed somewhat sexy, but that is by far not the main purpose of the book. This collection focuses on the art itself of body painting, with some emphasis on those where the body paint allows the individual to mimic the background. Very good!
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