I am not a photographer, but i take alot of photo's! My camera is a Canon Powershot SX10 10.0 Mega Pixels, and i love it!!! I am an artist, retired drag queen, whiteface clown, former nudist, born again Christian, average 46 year old guy...well maybe not exactly average! I love to paint on anything, including most recently, flesh! Mostly i have painted images from the bible in a style i call "Paint Mosaic" a collage style made up of painted watercolor paper, cut up and assembled onto canvas. Currently i am having fun making photographic self portrait's, involving face painting. Face paint is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long while! I believe it may have magical powers! I started a "365 transformations" project and painted my face every day for a year! I have recieved world wide attention with this series, and i have to say, i love all the fuss! Forcing yourself to create art daily is a wonderful experience. I have a new discipline and a spring in my step. I am well into my 2nd. 365 project now, and hope to someday be the man of 1000 faces, like Lon Chaney! My "normal" painting has taken a back seat to my face work lately. For my face paints, i use Kryolan Aqua Color, Snazaroo, and Paradise by Mehron. I attended BurningMan in Nevada three years in a row and it was amazing!!! www.burningman.com I believe it completeIy changed the way i think about art and perhaps the purpose for which i even make art. Art should never be a product. It should be a gift of love and a prayer. Art is silly, and fun, and can be powerful and sacred. I do show in galleries, but selling should never be your motivation for creating art. . Check out my websites www.bibleartwork.com and www.myspace.com/jameskuhngallery . I attend a gay affirming church and its great! Jesus died for EVERYONE! I am not a gay Christian, i am a Christian [ in progress! Gods not finished with me yet! ] who happens to be a gay artist. Click on this link to hear a radio interview with me in "Ripley's Oddcast" the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Radio: webtalkradio.net/index.php/show-podcasts/126-ripley-radio...

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    Angie Naron says:

    "It is HIGH time that I write a Testimonial for my dear old friend, James. James and I go way back (and sometimes I wish I could go in the way back machine to experience the Good Old Days again!) Since the late 1970s I have had the pleasure of knowing this creative genius ~ James you were my muse then and now. Thank you so much for suggesting I make a doll of Ted. That ignited a fire that has not died. Thank you for your hearty laughter which never fails to bring a broad smile to my face. I am so proud of you for giving your face to the world which in turn is bringing smiles and hearty laughter to all! Bless you James Kuhn."

    February 8th, 2010

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    andres musta says:

    "the hardest working man in face painting!

    Brilliant! Continuously creative! Bravo! Standing Ovation!"

    March 14th, 2009

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    mightycud says:

    "Honestly, James' self-portraits are truly amazing and I laugh out loud whenever I visit his photostream. I especially like the videos he posts so that his paintings come to life.

    Fantastic work, James. Keep it up."

    December 10th, 2008

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    Suzan Buckner says:

    "Absolutely fascinating, ORIGINAL artist!! This man is amazing in all the art that he does!!"

    December 5th, 2008

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    Treforlutions TreVizionz says:

    "Here without a doubt is one of the most unique artisans on flickr whom knows a good face when he sees one..........his own. I have the utmost respect for those who express themselves with art upon themselves and James excels in this field, with his wonderous face as one of his canvas's.
    Take a look at this multifaceted and talented Being at what he does so vividly and visually on that mantle of his.........you might not look at your face in the mirror the same way again."

    October 8th, 2008

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    feens, THE feens says:

    "One would think that creativity underlies all art. Then Hawhawjames jumps out at you and you are thinking "wow that's creative". His work is creative and good and inspiring and uplifting without any pretense."

    October 4th, 2008

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    intermayer says:

    "hawhawjames and his self portraits - sometimes his photos just makes my day. Photographer or not, your art is unique and you've got me thinking about my own 365-self-portraits-project."

    September 18th, 2008

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    photomeister says:

    "I love good skin art and skin art mixed with humor talent and charisma is a rare thing. I love the painted face videos and so much of his painted heads. they are better than most photos on flickr. hurrah!

    It was important for me to edit this testimonial by adding that you are insane. these wonderful images belong in a book all their own. somehow just writing something here is lacking but I don't know what else to do. I love the face with cheese balls. how nuts and funny is that? I just wouldn't know where to start. and the videos give me a real kick. when i'm feeling down and dreary from all the flower, wet and wide eyed children, goth, and bad surreal stuff masquerading as art I can click on yor photos and laugh .

    Talk about variation on a f##king theme"

    August 24th, 2008

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    kathleenjacksonphotography says:

    "James is a jewel. The make up doesn't mask in any way, the heart and humor of this thoughtful artist. You can tell that everything comes from a wonderful and creative place. I tell people, that I don't have a shame compass, because I know myself. I'm rarely embarrassed. I think James' compass is true too, whatever direction it is going. I hope you will see, what I see, and more. Fun and fantasy, with A LOT of heart! Hugs James!! {Oops, got some make-up on me...oh well!} LOL =o)"

    August 7th, 2008

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    TeatroNegro says:

    "An endless source of art and creativity"

    June 5th, 2008

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    Dominik Valvo says:

    "You haven't idea how I love Junie Moon.

    You are so special. I would like to meet you someday.

    Greetings from Spain.


    May 17th, 2008

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    Zach_ManchesterUK says:

    "An outstanding array of self portraits. I so want to steal his drag-bag!"

    February 23rd, 2008

James Kuhn
October 2007
small town in Michigan.
less than 2000 people., u.s.a.
I am:
Male and Single
artist and i work with the elderly and special needs individuals.