Good inking from Japan
TATTOOS are an accepted and much sought-after part of today’s fashion culture.
However, while the popularity of ink has grown in recent years, tattooing has had an important role in Japanese culture for centuries.
The beauty of Japanese body art will be on display for all to see with a new exhibition between Gallery East and Kidogo Arthouse called Tattoos and Beautiful Women.
The exhibition brings together artists Amanda Shelsher and Paul Binnie, with the latter’s A HundredShadesofInkofEdo woodblock prints using designs from famous Japanese artists to the nude figures of today.
Shelsher, of Floreat, said her stoneware and porcelain figures allowed her to explore domesticity, home and her experiences of motherhood through naturalworld motifs.
Gallery East’s David Forrest said they had more than 20 years’ experience exhibiting Japanese prints and linking them to the world of contemporary art.
“Tattoos and Beautiful Women explores the visual splendour of female beauty and tattooing in Japan, which carried the art into 21st century tattoo shops all over the world and created the present- day fashion statement,” he said.
The show is at Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, until October 19.
Amanda Shelsher with a ceramic sculpture.