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‘I tell them to take the paint, lay on top of the canvas and pour it on each other’: New York artist turns passionate sex into art
If you are looking for a way to express your love, turn to art.
A New York-based artist has been inviting amorous couples to make creative magic on his canvas by covering themselves in paint and letting their impulses get the better of them.
Alexander Esguerra leaves the couples in a completely private setting – no Andy Warhol-style voyeurism here – with low-lighting, candles and even a heated canvas.
‘Love is a powerful creative force,’ says the 30 year-old, who came up with the idea after a night of passion.
‘I woke up one morning after a sexual encounter and my normally organized room was a mess,” he told the New York Daily News.
‘I wanted to artistically capture those moments through the act of sex that our bodies interacted and affected the space around us without bringing in that whole played-out porn spiel.’
Nearly fifty couples have been inspired to sign up for the project.
They cover themselves in non-toxic, water-based paint and set up the canvas on a floor covered in plastic.There’s nothing smutty about it.
‘I tell them to take the paint, lay on top of the canvas and pour it on each other. Look in your partner’s eyes and make love as you would normally.’
Any one can take part.
‘Sex is basically the great equaliser,’ said Mr Esguerra.
Bodies as art: Streaks of colour capture moments between couples as bodies are turned into works of arts
Love as art: Never let go, left, and Her & Her, right, by Alexander Esguerra are full of slapped paint, finger and hand marks, streaks of passion and blurred action
Bright young things: Forever Young, left, and Head Over Heels, right, continue the messy, beautiful, boundless and passionate theme
‘You look at these paintings and you can’t tell if the couple was gay or straight or old or young or married or cheating.’
He likens the idea to couples therapy but encourages his clients not to take it too seriously.
‘Have fun with the paint, but don’t make it all about the paint,’ the Parson’s graduate tells them.
Tender moment: The artist captured many a tender moment in the love and sex-driven project
The project has become so popular with his friends and customers that Mr Esguerra has turned it into a business.
He now sells ‘Love and Paint’ experiences, where the couple will create the art in a luxury hotel, packages – including ample body paint, of course, start at $2,500.
Mr Esguerra is now preparing for his seventh exhibition of Love and Paint, launching next Tuesday at famously wild New York nightclub, The Box.