The Levi van Veluw 'Ballpoints' art series uses the human face and body as a canvas that displays a series of the artist's intricately inked patterns. The photographer covers his face in ornate dots, checkered elements and scribbles, acting as his own canvas for his textural pen creations.
Aiming to 'modify the face as an object' the artist applies inked patterns to his skin and photographs himself while posing in studio. His intricately applied and conceived portraits merge organic forms and create incredible patterns and textures from simplistic strokes and shapes. His final products resemble a second skin that is reminiscent of scales of a fish or snake creature.
The Levi van Veluw 'Ballpoints' series blurs the lines between physical art and portrait photography. Though ornate in their own way, these photo images aren't meant to stand alone but to document the artist's transformation from human being to living art piece.
Human Canvas Artworks
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