'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
00:00 GMT, 16 March 2012
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.
Make art not war: New York-based artist Alexander Esguerra invites couples to cover themselves in paint and lie on canvases while having sex in a private, candle-lit room – the canvases are even heated
'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.
Creative force: The thirty-year-old Parson's graduate says that 'love is a creative force' and tells the couples (nearly 50 have signed up so far) to 'have fun with the paint, but don't make it all about the paint'
Red hot: The project has become so popular 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
'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
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.
Inspired events: The artist came up with the idea after a night of passion when he woke up to find his room a mess and wanted to 'artistically capture' the moment when two individuals interact in the most private way
No barriers: Mr Esguerra likens the idea to couples therapy but encourages his clients not to take it too seriously
'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
No restrictions: The project celebrates the limitless possibilities of love and sex – age, race, gender and sexuality is not evident when it comes to the art
'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
War paint: Love, not war, is celebrated in the upbeat, bright and humour-laden experiment
Alone, but smiling: Bodies emerge covered in paint, colourful works of art in themselves
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.
Mr Esguerra urges as many budding amorous artists to take part as possible – for more details, visit www.loveandpaint.com.