New Body of Work

Where New Orleans - - THE GUIDE -

Lo­cal artist Craig Tracy (p. 38) has es­tab­lished quite a rep­u­ta­tion and fol­low­ing over the past decade as an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed body­painter, a judge on the Game Show Net­work’s “Skin Wars” and owner of the world’s first gallery de­voted to the craft. In cel­e­bra­tion of the 11th an­niver­sary of his epony­mous Royal Street show­room, Tracy re­cently re­leased “Al Fresco ~ French Quar­ter,” a 17-piece se­ries that spot­lights Vieux Carré ar­chi­tec­ture. A de­par­ture from his stan­dard style, in which painted nudes blend seam­lessly with the back­ground, the model in “Al Fresco” starkly stands out from the col­or­ful French Quar­ter façades be­hind her. “This is a project I’ve dreamed of for 10 years,” says Tracy. “This is my city, my neigh­bor­hood and my art form all wrapped into one se­ries that com­mu­ni­cates ex­actly who I am as an artist.”

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