Mark Khaisman: Brown Tape Art

mark khaisman tape art

Who says ya can’t make something cool with translucent brown tape. Mixed media artist Mark Khaisman layers several pieces of tape on Plexiglas panels to create these mesmerizing rustic illuminations with textures much like a knife painting with broad wide strokes. Very cool, time lapse like retro, and mysterious… I’ll have to make some myself. (I love tape).

I’ll post a bunch of his pieces after the jump.
Mark Khaisman webpage
via spluch

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mark khaisman tape art

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mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

mark khaisman tape art

49 Responses to “Mark Khaisman: Brown Tape Art”

  1. ammre Says:

    wow, those are awesome.
    I now have all new ideas for my glass front door.

  2. tango! Says:

    yeah, for sure, i’m starting a test set this week..maybe using masking tape instead..or the reverse…scotch tape on black material..the more layers, the brighter.

  3. Gradon Says:

    That’s awesome. I saw an article on a design student that used brown tape to renew damaged furniture. If I can find the link I’ll post it.

  4. mavis Says:

    ingeniously mixed media! love the work

  5. emily august Says:

    I have seen electrical tape portraits before, but this is nicer in my opinion. The gradual shading is gorgeous, and I’d love to see these in person as they are lit from behind in these photos.

  6. David Says:

    These are beautiful. Does the artist apply tape over plexi with the photo image directly beneath? I also wonder if he’s concerned about the short life-span of the medium. The tape will deteriorate with time under almost all circumstances.

  7. Paul Says:

    Cool idea! Very creative!

  8. gogopedro Says:

    GOOD GOD that is cool….really great idea with stunningly beautiful execution. How are you shaping and the tape….. and are you shaping it before or prior to application to the surface.?

    Either way…..that it a serious eye opener man….


  9. GSIK Says:

    very cool

  10. Andy Says:

    Those would be nice even if done in a traditional medium. The packaging tape makes them all that much better. Very impressive… in skill, concept, presentation, and aesthetic.

    BTW, you may want to not trust your spellcheck too much. I think the word you wanted to use in your description of the work was “mesmerizing,” not “memorizing.”

  11. tango! Says:

    andy, thanks for the note…fixed! 😉

  12. NorEaster Says:

    I like the titles especially. The artist watches a lot of old TV shows. Like Perry Mason and those b/w dramas. The titles totally make the pieces come alive.

  13. 火星蜥蜴馆 Says:


    艺术是啥?火星蜥蜴说,是从平凡世界中提取不平凡的精华。包装用的黄褐色半透明胶带够平凡了吧,难道这东西也能搞出艺术来?这是当然!旅居美国的俄罗斯艺术家Mark Khaisman在 透明塑料….

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  15. salah kane Says:

    this is a great idea, i wonder if it can be applied the same way on photoshop with transparent tape-shaped color layers.

    well. i should say this is inspiring.
    very coll and creative idea. god bless you

  16. willwindow Says:

    I absolutely love it.

  17. jessica Says:

    omg this is so sick!

  18. charles Akl Says:

    dear Mark,

    please contact me if you are intrested in publishing your work in a new design magazine in the middle east Egypt.

    Great work man

  19. Divaliscious Says:

    Wow – and YES to the front door idea – my apartment work studio is on a city street, I would love to do this as the light could come from either side – though I must say, to do this correctly, one has to have great drawing skills, since the ‘strokes’ with tape do just that – they draw the image and shadows so well – such a nice job too! great stuff….keep sticking it to us! lol

  20. leila Says:

    Excellent !!!
    he is a craftsman verily !!!

  21. rudekitty Says:

    Cool! I especially love the lady in the raincoat. Something about raincoats with all those lovely folds. It is also neat because of her shadow on the wall.

  22. Nelly Says:

    Well I must say this is something that’s probably much cooler in real life with real tape than if done digitally. Why? Because I noticed how freakin awesome he made the fabric! The folds and stuff he put in the tape is one of the many ways the characteristics of the medium lended to the end product.

    So creative!

  23. merveille Says:

    Great! I used the brown tape for a once to with another technique.. It is amazing to see what you create with them..Happy to discover your fantastic paintings. Viva brown tape!

  24. shahram roya Says:

    very gooooooooooooooooood
    you are realy artist.

  25. Dee Licious Says:

    Really great to look at… original idea & love the end result!

  26. Cody Sortore Says:

    Wow! that is truly amazing! I can’t believe the details captured just using various layers of the tape! Very cool.

  27. mad hatter Says:

    Very nice

  28. paresh Says:

    excellent art, i like it.

  29. The Idiot Over There Says:

    How cool is this, I’m only 12, and I can only dream of managing to complete one piece of artwork like this. When did you start doing this? I found this sight using stumble upon, trying to find some good backgrounds, I think I found quite a few!
    thankyou 🙂

  30. Lauren Says:

    It’s an incredibly creative use of a common household object to make a wonderful work of art. That is so great, I wish I could do something like it!

  31. jimmy Says:

    Its beautiful.The old masters often used to do whole paintings in brown then put the colour in afterwards. I wonder what other brown stuff i could use to make pictures- apart from the obvious.

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  33. werner Says:

    i absolutely hate using packaging tape in general as it is hard and awkward to use, but this artwork has given me a whole new perspective and appreciation to this “horrible stuff”. – bravo on your most amazing art pieces !

  34. Sun Says:

    WOWeeeee! Some brilliant work produced there! What an imagination!

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  36. ivanka Says:

    very, very interesting.i love it

  37. jherk Says:

    Saw you in Phila @ that gallery in the apartment building… the chairs and curio above… was thoroughly impressed… but the portraiture? Shit man… pure modern genius!

    Thank you!

  38. subrashankar Says:

    How unbelievably good.You are truly gifted and try also the paint with brush on canvas.Good luck.

  39. urbantactics Says:

    new interview with Mark Khaisman at

  40. cemre Says:

    ya ndn hepiniz yabanc? konu?uonuz ya hçbi?ey anlamad?m neyse ….

  41. Jillian P Says:

    omg so much tape so little time…..must start this minute

  42. Libby Says:

    Beautiful! Creativity and ingenuity at its best!

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  46. theguidosh Says:


    Mark Khaisman , a genius.

  47. christiana Says:

    love tape-art!!!great work!!

  48. speakingart Says:

    I totally like Mark’s artworks…they look stunning. Some compare his work with the tape art of Max Zorn, but I prefer Mark’s style!
    There is another great tape art crew from Berlin called TAPE OVER
    They are doing inspiring tape art using duct tape. They even do tape styling on people…

  49. Kurt Says:

    Very cool!
    I also like tape art, which is made with duct tape only – here are some great artists, too:

    Aakash Nihalani

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