Dates: Now until August 29, 2021
Before they put needles into skin, they were artists. This exciting SG:UNDRGRND art exhibition explores the creative work of six local tattoo artists. This once mysterious and maligned art form was relegated to backdoors, hidden spaces and the "darker" parts of town. The creativity and talents of modern tattoo artists is astounding and this exhibition is an opportunity for local Durham Region tattoo artists to show their non-skin-canvas creative output.
BLACK WILLOW TATTOOS
With over 17 years of experience, Barb Brown is a tattoo artist who specializes in black and grey, portraits and realism. She is a mother to four, and loves to spend her time in nature and growing her own food for her children.
Barb has been creating works of art since she was old enough to draw, and her first painted works featured the landscapes surrounding her childhood home in Eagle Bay, BC. She spent her days daydreaming, laying on the grass and looking up at the birch trees trembling in the breeze, wandering through the forest and stream beside her house, and swimming in the lake with her best friend. She drew daily with her pencils, and loved to capture the likeness of the faces she found in magazines, and of her family members.
Barb’s love for the beauty found in everything living has translated into the types of tattoos that she loves to create, and has received many awards for her work.
THE ARTERY ORIGINAL TATTOOS
Jeff Cook is a visual artist based in Durham Region. He enjoys exploring detail and atmosphere in various mediums with a penchant for the lowbrow, morbid and grotesque, often incorporating stream-of-consciousness methods and automatic drawing.
His journey into tattooing began in 2003 and he owns the award-winning studio The Artery Original Tattoos, established in 2018, in Courtice, Ontario.
WAY COOL TATTOOS - STOUFFVILLE
Brandon demonstrated an interest in making art at a young age, heavily influenced by his mother who was an established and practising artist. Brandon is drawn to the "low brow" path and discovered tattooing in his later teen years, learning from Craig Kimball in Oshawa.
Brandon finds inspiration in professional skateboarder and artist Ed Templeton, Jim Phillips and graffiti artist, Neckface.
IRIDESCENT DOXY CUSTOM TATTOOS
Lisa began her tattoo career way back in 1998. Her versatile style she accredits to exploring art in a variety of forms. More recently, she has been experimenting with pastels.
Alex finds inspiration from spending more time outside in nature over these past months while he was unable to tattoo. Nature has always inspired his art and his tattoos and has always been a presence in his work.
Whitby-based artist, Rob Ethier, has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. Looking back, being an artist is all he ever wanted to be.
His true love, and passion resides in traditional oil painting. Some of his favourite artists are Sargent, Rembrandt and Sorolla. Rob's dream and mission in life, is to make a living from of his paintings. He couldn't possibly imagine a better life.