With the growing trend of body art, people are wondering: if your body is a temple, why not decorate the walls? Young photographer Anthony Mirial has literally adapted this philosophy by transposing churches’ stained glass windows (as well as anatomy class illustrations) on the naked body of his models. The result is cunningly mixing brutal modernity and ancient elegance, blasphemy and Fine Arts. The oxymoron is the key to Anthony Mirial’s art. Born in 1989 in Nice, France, he started his art experiments in his early twenties. He enjoys photographing his models on deserted underground car parks, using their raw neon light to create bold chiaroscuro and compositions inspired by classic painter Caravaggio.
Trashy places versus sacred art. The dirt meeting the grace… the lines are blurred a bit more with post-apocalyptic gas masks clashing with the ethereal body paintings. Erotic, neo-baroque, oneiric, the work of his self-taught photographer is definitely pushing the boundaries of contemporary nude photography, connecting History of Arts with modern practices such as tattoo and graffiti. His dark photographs will be seen in exhibitions soon in Paris (at Lab44, starting April, 25th 2015), London and New York City.