Gallery: Suffolk artist's winning body of work

ONE local artist has pushed her imagination to the limits and made it into the record books with her stunningly dramatic bodypainting designs.

Lizzie Parry

ONE local artist has pushed her imagination to the limits and made it into the record books with her stunningly dramatic bodypainting designs.

Carolyn Roper, originally from Hadleigh, has triumphed for the second time at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria.

More than 100 artists from 40 countries compete in different categories including 'Brush and Sponge' 'Airbrush' and 'Special Effects'.

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The 27-year-old is a qualified make-up artist, but after trying her hand at body painting as part of her advanced course, she got the bug.

After winning her first title in the 'Brush and Sponge' category at the 2007 festival and being asked back to judge in 2008 her passion for painting drew her back to compete this year.

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The former Hadleigh High School pupil has made the record books becoming the first artist in the 12 year history of the competition to win two different categories.

This year her winning design, painted onto model Barry Bloomfield, was judged first place in the 'special effects' category.

Speaking about her love for her art Miss Roper said: “I think it is just the sheer variety of the things you can get out of body painting, everything changes with every move the model makes.

“There is no limit to the possibilities.

“I have to say I am quite a competitive person so I like the pressure of competitions. I like the fact there is a competition going on. It gives me the best chance to see everybody in the body painting world too.”

She said the winning design was inspired by the work of illustrator Brian Froud, and his fairies and goblins which provided inspiration for the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth staring David Bowie.

In preparation Miss Roper spent months making individual plaster casts and latex moulds ready for the seven hour painting session.

Recognised as one of the UK's leading body artists Miss Roper started her illustrious career at Suffolk College where she took Art and Design and Beauty Therapy.

Spotting her talent one of her tutors suggested a career as a make-up artist prompting her to take a two year specialist course in hair and make-up at West Thames College in London.

She now works as a freelance artist running her own make-up and body art business from her home in Greenwich.

She said: “I don't normally body paint every day, there is a lot of promotional work and editorial work and then there is the work for the music industry which isn't as frequent but a lot of fun.

“It gives me the chance to push it to its limits.”

She has painted celebrities including cricketing legend Mark Ramprakash and her work has featured on several album covers.

To see more of her stunning art work visit her website

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