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James Kuhn - Famous People - Face Paint in Motion

Updated on November 4, 2014

A Face Paint Artist Portrays Famous People

If you haven't seen a James Kuhn video, you are missing an unusual performance artist. Using theatrical paint on his face and sometimes his head and torso, he creates well-known figures. By moving his body and features, he creates what he calls Face-Paint-in-Motion or Face Paint Puppetry.

It's offbeat, to say the least. Some might even call James Kuhn's performances "bizarre." Here I've collected some of his face painting performances where he portrays famous people, but he also transforms his face into inanimate objects, historical events and other things. Watch the videos, then I've teamed up three of them for you to vote for which one you like the best.

This image is from Kuhn's Flickrstream here and illustrates the Hindenburg disaster. Look closely and you can see his eyes!

Queen Neffertiti - Face paint in motion by James Kuhn

More About James Kuhn

James Kuhn is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has built a following for his unique face painting and performances. he has been the subject of several articles and websites, including the ones listed below.

Please check them out!

Jolene Sugarbaker - Performed using face paint by James Kuhn

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Evil Knievel

A Michael Jackson Tribute

Sonny and Cher

This one shows two faces at once.

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      AngryBaker 3 years ago

      See... I thought I was cool because I could paint a kitty-cat face on my daughter....

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love it! So unique and creative.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Whether you appreciate this art or not, you have to admit it takes a great deal of talent to do these things. I think it's remarkable, and certainly not your "run of the mill" art!

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      noner 4 years ago

      He certainly takes face painting to the next level.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Yep! This is really bizarre. LOL

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Yep! This is really bizarre. LOL

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      Love It? Hate It? I Don't Know What to Think,lol!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Extreme, but fantastic face painting. I like it!

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      yup. uinque, all riight.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      @WildFacesGallery: They are a bit bizarre, but somehow fascinating. His face painting is really detailed.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Okay this is so weird and yet intriguing. Very cool lens. :) 5*