When it comes to the work of artist Jörg Düsterwald, the word enigmatic doesn’t even begin to capture what happens in his pieces. It doesn’t matter how good your eyesight is; chances are that you are going to miss something big when you look at the photograph set-ups that he creates. For the past two decades, this German body painter has excelled at his craft, elevating the art form to something that is beyond what others believed was possible.
In this picture, he works with a woman named Nadine. Using Nadine as a canvas, he paints her to perfectly blend into the background behind her. As you can see, in this instance, she perfectly emulates the bottom of a tree trunk.
This is a very exact art form, for obvious reasons. If Nadine’s expression is too big or even if the shade of her makeup in one spot is off, the entire photograph can be ruined. As the ultimate artist of the trompe l’oeil, as the French call it, Düsterwald strives to create the ultimate optical illusions with his work. This process is so intensive, in fact, that Düsterwald doesn’t take the picture himself.
It’s not difficult to see why this visionary has achieved such a great following on Facebook; fans are curious about what his next moves are going to be. Because he is quite prolific in his work, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he has been working on a calendar for 2019.
Boasting a true zest for his work, this is a body painter who has stepped into the spotlight in a way that most airbrush artists could only dream of. After all, it’s only been about 20 years since body paint became a craze. Since it is often used in film and theater projects, it hasn’t necessarily gone mainstream.
In order to make body painting look good, an artist must be highly creative, experienced and technically capable. Since Düsterwald possesses all of these qualities in spades, it makes sense that he has made this his life’s work.
Also, Düsterwald’s idyllic backdrops add a lot to his pieces. People have often spoken of the majestic nature of the German forests, and these perfect pictures only add to the mystique of this beautiful area. Indeed, Düsterwald’s work is all about testing limits and boundaries, teasing the human eye and seeing what he can find.
In a world where computer programs such as Photoshop are so prevalent, many find it comforting to see the work of someone who painstakingly takes hours to create a real-life scene that is unlike any other. With Düsterwald’s modern appreciation for an ancient art form, he is truly creating something that is both extraordinary and compelling.