FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Live Body Art at El Segundo Art Walk
EL SEGUNDO, CA – August 18, 2016 – Smoky Hollow Industries in El Segundo presents a unique exhibition featuring a live body art painting, photography, and video by award winning artist Paul Roustan on August 18, 2016 One Night Only!
The human body is an elemental canvas, something which has been decorated for a variety of aesthetic and ceremonial purposes for millennia. Combining fine art, pop culture, and performance with human skin, Roustan creates living artworks that transcend traditional boundaries of painting. The process includes detailed painting and skilled technique, the performance and presentation, and carefully staged photography. This work is experiential, collaborative, and time-based, elevating the art of body painting to a conceptual realm.
For Roustan, body painting becomes a method of storytelling. He often develops the concept as a reflection of the model’s personality, a collaboration between his/her spirit and the artist’s aesthetic. Each model is wrapped in a story, written on skin, which creates multiple layers of narrative through the balance of vulnerability with strength and power.
The photography serves as documentation, an evocative fixed image, capturing the ephemeral moment of collaboration between model, location, and photographer. These images, elaborate constructions and scenes, are often conceived before or in conjunction with the body painting itself. Each painted figure becomes an element of a larger work, the photographic image that tells its own story.
Paul Roustan is an award-winning artist based in Los Angeles, known for his work in body painting, photography, and conceptual performance. Roustan is recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters, whose style combines traditional fine art, pop culture, and reflections of the contemporary world to create conceptually-based body painting.
Roustan earned a Master’s Degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has since returned to both schools as faculty, as well as teaching workshops at a wide variety of locations around Los Angeles and nationally.
Roustan’s career spans both the fine art and commercial worlds, with work commissioned for corporate, private, television and nightclub events worldwide, including work for Playboy, Bacardi, Tupperware and Absolut. His body painting has garnered numerous awards, including being named the 1st Place North American Body Paint Champion at the North American Body Paint Championships. It has also been featured in a wide variety of fashion shows, community events, parades and workshops. His work has been covered by media including, Spike TV, Sabado Gigante, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Providence Journal, Playboy Magazine, Airbrush Action Magazine, Univision, DIG Boston, and more.
On the third Thursday evenings of the summer months, over 30 creative El Segundo businesses will open their doors for studio tours at the El Segundo Art Walk. Each unique venue will act as a pop-up gallery displaying original works of local Los Angeles based artists
Smoky Hollow Industries is one of many businesses hosting artists in historic Smoky Hollow neighborhood for the final 2016 ArtWalk. The evening of the 18th, it will be hosting the work of Paul Roustan.
The Live Body Art Exhibition is One Night Only August 18, 2016 from 5-9pm.
Admission is FREE, Food and Beverage will be served.
All Ages Welcome with Parental Discretion (artistic nudity)