Based in New York City (although currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand), artistic duo Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector recreate classic works of art using the human body as the canvas. In their Museum Anatomy series, Chadwick serves as the canvas. His ability to maintain a constant pose requires incredible patience and body control.
As Chadwick holds a position, Laura uses her amazing painting skills to recreate classic works of art. The human body presents a unique set of challenges not seen on a typical canvas. Working with the contours and curves of the human body is very difficult, but Laura makes it look effortless.
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Museum Anatomy is a collection of documentary photographs of works from museums around the world that have been recreated onto the human body. The artwork goes through a significant process until reaching the final outcome, a photograph of Chadwick, sometimes unrecognizable as a human form, with an elaborate, detailed painting covering a portion of his body.
The recreated paintings of these historic portraits recapture the subjects in their own moment in history. The resulting photographs reveal a unification of art combining antiquity, history and technology in a contemporary context.
Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector are both recipients of the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award (2001), and they have been included as finalists for the Sovereign Asian Art Award in both 2006 and 2008 where their work auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Their work has been published in The Harvard Review, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and will be in the upcoming book, The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art by Wendy Steiner. Their work can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.
While creating the Museum Anatomy project, they have had the privilege of working with curators from The Victoria Albert Museum, The Prado, National Gallery (Prague), National Gallery (Athens), MuseuMAfricA, The Civica Museum (Palermo), University Art Museum, (Berkeley), National Gallery (Bangkok), among others. Currently, Museum Anatomy is expanding into works of art in the Asian region.