Story and photos by Mitch Gurowitz
My trip to the Joshua Liner Gallery for the opening of Shawn Barber’s Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series was yet another door opening into another world for me. I went there to view the work of a fine artist who specializes in painting tattooers and tattooed people. While I’m no stranger to art or to galleries, I’ve only recently joined the ranks of the tattooed a few months earlier as a celebration of my 50th birthday.
My mind skipped between the excitement of seeing Shawn’s artwork up close and meeting him and the subjects of some of his work, and also concern that the reception would be a gathering of a very exclusive and private group of professionals… A group that may not appreciate an outsider walking into their world… (more…)
Courtesy of Philip Riley: Skink Ink Fine Art Editions is pleased to announce a show of prints made from the paintings of Victor Kensinger, a New York based illustrator and tattoo artist originally from Spain and trained in Boston. The major works in this show are individual pages from an unwritten graphic novel; discreet incidents imply the existence of a lager story, episodic moments taken out of a time line. Similarly they hint at larger themes, taking timeworn narratives and reworking them into a tantalizing mystery whose origin and conclusion we cannot know… (more…)
Nick Baxter’s technically demanding painting style dwells somewhere in between traditional sharp-focus still life and modern photorealist styles, while bringing in elements of symbolism and surrealism. His subject matter tends to center around close-ups of skin and visceral, bloody macro-scapes, in exploration of what it means to be human- to have a unique consciousness inhabiting a vessel of flesh and blood… (more…)