TORONTO – A Canadian artist is gaining popularity for her incredibly detailed portraits which she creates by kissing the canvas and leaving lipstick prints in just the right places.
Alexis Fraser, a.k.a. Lipstick Lex, specializes in oil painting, but has also mastered a unique art form – “kiss print pointilism” – which has her applying lipstick to her lips and repeatedly kissing the canvas until the desired image is formed.
For the finer details, she draws with the lipstick directly onto the canvas, but most of the work is definitely done by her lips.
Small scale portraits of celebrities like Frank Sinatra or Sophia Loren usually take Lipstick Lex a few hours to complete, but for large scale works, she sometimes kisses the canvas for up to a week and goes through several tubes of lipstick.
In 2014, she made a beautiful portrait of Marylin Monroe, for which she kissed the canvas over four days and used two tubes of lipstick.