As the daughter of a retired radiologist as well as an art-lover, it’s as if these unique Valentines were made just for me. Artist David Foox, shown blow, has created a limited edition of 8 anatomical hearts painted upon actual X-ray films. Priced at $3,000 a piece, they are mounted on a lightbox and measure 20″ x 17″ x 3″ each. above: artist David Foox A very different and personal way to give your heart (well, actually David’s heart) to someone for Valentine’s Day. How did he do it? He painted an image of his own heart, using heavy duty acrylics (hand mixed from powder to liquid paint by himself), atop real X-Rays of his own chest. above: an example of one of the types of equipment used for taking chest x-rays Talk about your Rad Art! ( sorry, medical joke… Rad is a unit of a measurement of radiation) Three examples of the series of eight are shown below: detail: detail: detail: The number of pieces (8 in total) are directly related to the amount of radiation David had been told he could withstand in a year and were created specifically for this year’s Valentine’s Day. above: a simplified graphic explaining how one gets a chest X-ray (oh, what artists will do for their craft) “I hope I don’t get sick and need any more X-Rays, cause according to my doctor I am not allowed any more radiation!”, says FOOX in talking about this Valentine’s Day special series of Hearts. Each piece comes framed in a backlit box and exudes an eerily personal quality about it. “Imagine having your very own heart painted on top of an X-Ray of your body,” continues FOOX in talking about his work. These 8 unique pieces are already sold out, so you’ll have to hope he can withstand the same amount of radiation next year! David Foox, who goes by FOOX-U on many sites, is the designer behind those fun and fabulous Organ Donor Dolls, as well as many paintings and other projects. If you never saw his unusual vinyl organ donor dolls, check those out here. above: David hard at work David works in so many various mediums and styles, it was hard to decide to do a post on his Buddha Series, his Scary Money or these. But in light of the fact that Valentine’s Day is around the corner, this seemed the most appropos. So be sure to see more work of his on his site. his flickr site his blog
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