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Black ink ex­hibit tat­too-in­spired

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Taelor Pelusey Laura Seiller and Anita Revel.

Tat­too artists took to dif­fer­ent me­dia this week for the launch of Black Ink, Black Heart, a col­lab­o­ra­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of monochro­matic ex­plo­rations.

Mar­garet River’s Jaes Bidwell and Cory Wes­ley, of Elec­tric Tat­too, launched the col­lec­tion of al­most 30 works, com­prised mostly of black ink on a range of sur­faces in­clud­ing wa­ter­colour pa­per, can­vas and even skate­boards at Su­gar­man last Fri­day.

Wes­ley told the Times the pieces took sev­eral months to com­pile and were heav­ily in­spired by tat­too art.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is all about the use of black ink and shades of black,” he said.

“We both come from a tat­too­ing back­ground, so it’s in­spired by that.

“Jaes es­pe­cially does a lot of tra­di­tional art with tat­too ma­chines, and I do hand-poke tat­too­ing, so I’m in­spired a lot by dot work in my art.”

While both men are part of the Elec­tric Tat­too crew, they also have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence as vis­ual artists.

Bidwell, a tat­too artist for al­most a decade, has also been a vis­ual artist for more than 25 years.

He has been com­mis­sioned by high-pro­file busi­nesses, per­form­ers and politi­cians, and draws in­spi­ra­tion from folk art, oc­cult sym­bol­ism and tra­di­tional tat­too themes.

Also a com­mis­sioned artist, Wes­ley trained in graphic and in­te­rior de­sign at univer­sity and finds in­spi­ra­tion in bold vi­su­als, shock value and merg­ing polar op­po­sites.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play at Su­gar­man un­til Jan­uary 27 and builds on the duo’s new­est ven­ture, Black Ink Work­shop.

The newly formed col­lec­tive aims to in­fuse lo­cal busi­ness with lo­cal art and ful­fils the duo’s shared vi­sion as com­mer­cial artists.

While the ven­ture is still get­ting off the ground, they have al­ready been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate mu­rals for the Com­mon and White Ele­phant.

“We’ve both got our dif­fer­ent strengths as artists, and we want to get more art out there, into busi­nesses,” Wes­ley said.

Orig­i­nally from Perth, Wes­ley said he had watched Mar­garet River’s art scene go from strength to strength since re­lo­cat­ing to the re­gion.

“Mar­garet River has a small, but strong, real lo­cal-fo­cused art scene,” he said.

“You can see just how cre­ative the peo­ple are ... I love the art scene here.”

Pic­tures: Taelor Pelusey

Artists Cory Wes­ley and Jaes Bidwell.

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