Artist Paints Landscapes on Jackets Turning the Wearer into a Walking Art Gallery

Acrylic Landscape Painting by Feliks Kaparchuk

Self-taught artist Feliks Kaparchuk, aka ColorByFeliks, recreates the beauty of the natural world in unconventional places. The tranquil scenes of towering trees, endless starry skies, and glassy waters inhabit the back of denim jackets and tote bags to turn the wearer into a mobile art gallery.

“I think painting on different surfaces is just another way to be creative with my artwork. I never like to limit the possibilities of what I can do with my art and like to try new things,” Kaparchuk tells My Modern Met. Having modeled since he was 19 years old, he sees the act of painting on clothing as a way to combine two things that have had a big impact on his life: art and fashion. “Not only that,” he adds, “but I just think it's an awesome concept to be able to wear a piece of artwork, not only have it decorating your walls at home.”

Based in Seattle, Kaparchuk is no stranger to the awe-inspiring beauty of the water and forests. While his acrylic paintings have a photo-like quality to them, the scenes are from his imagination. “The landscapes I paint symbolize feelings, people, and help others to see the beauty in the world,” he explains. “In order to do this, I like to use bright colors and exaggerate the scenery I paint, sometimes outlining my subjects in black to create even more contrast.”

Kaparchuk has a massive following on Instagram—nearly 800K people admire his work on the platform. This interest in his paintings provides him a lot of opportunities, some of which benefit those who admire his pieces but can't afford a bespoke commission. So if you'd love to rock one of his denim jackets, you’re in luck. “Right now,” he reveals, “I am working on painting on denim and am actually partnering with the clothing brand Brooklyn Cloth to have my own line of denim jackets made with my artwork printed on the back to make them more accessible to my audience.”

Self-taught artist Feliks Kaparchuk, aka ColorByFeliks, creates beautiful acrylic landscape paintings on jackets.

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Watch him craft these pieces—including paintings on bags—in these fascinating process videos:

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Feliks Kaparchuk.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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