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Painter Keeps His Eye on the Canvas

Friday, October 11, 2013

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Sometimes paint is not just on the wall… it’s up the nose and through the eye.

Those readers prone to stomach turning, be warned.

Artist Leandro Granato, 27, of Buenos Aires, has come up with a painting method that involves snorting watercolor paints up his nose and ejecting them from his eye onto canvas, according to reports.

Leandro Granato / YouTube

His eye-catching painting technique has caused a stir in the art world, reports note.

Called “eye painting,” Granato says his style is a gift to the art world.

“As I grew up, I started realizing that air and liquids could go out of my eye if I put them through my nose,” he told Metro online.

“Now, I am the inventor of a new painting style in the art world.”

Some have applauded the artist for his originality in process and resulting artwork; others have called him crazy, according to his website.

Artistic Vision

The eye-paintings have fetched thousands of dollars in art markets, reports note. Each weirdly weepy watercolor comes with a video of the creation process.

It takes Granato about 800 ml of paint and anywhere from 15 minutes to one month to finish a painting, report relate.

Dangers Seen

While reports say the artist developed a “special paint” that doesn’t cause irritation or damage to his eye, at least one eye expert disagrees.

"This is really risky behavior by the artist to create his art," said Glenda Secor, O.D., chair of the American Optometric Association's Contact Lens and Cornea Section. 

Secor told Durability + Design News in an e-mailed statement that there were plenty of potential problems with the nose, eyes and lacrimal system (the drainage sytem that allows the paint to go from the nose to the eyes) in this scenario.

"[T]he paint contents can be absorbed by the nasal mucosa and filter into the rest of the body. This can have serious consequences as the body would have to filter out the potential irritants and that could cause harm," she said.

"The paint would also really irritate the lacrimal system and could irreversibility damage the ability of the eye to drain tears. This could lead to serious long-term eye issues which could impact eye health.

"For optometrists, this is a very scary way to express his art and it is likely to cause substantial future eye problems and possibly system issues if he continues to abuse his eyes and nose."


Tagged categories: Artists; Color; Color + Design; Design; Painters

Comment from Sarah Marble, (10/11/2013, 8:24 AM)

Couldn't you get the same effect with a $1 child's squirt gun without causing yourself irreversible harm? I have sinus issues and this made me cringe. Although I do applaud his ability to have so much control over his lacrimal system, I feel that even the most non-toxic paint isn't meant to be inside of the body. One final question, does he sneeze the colors out later? How does he explain that to an EENT doctor?

Comment from john lienert, (10/14/2013, 8:31 AM)

this is NOT's disgusting

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