Artist Cooks Up Rachael Ray Nude Portrait

Alex Gardega will use paprika to paint
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2009 11:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – The wait is over: You may soon be able to see Rachael Ray naked. Artist Alex Gardega is painting a 6-foot nude portrait of the TV personality, the New York Post reports. Fittingly, the “art-world rebel”—who says modern art “needs a savior … to bring painting back to the lofty planes of the Renaissance”—will use paprika mixed with oils for Ray’s skin tones.