Stunning Oil Paintings Of Tattooed Women By Chris Guest

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

Take a break from skin art and admire them in the form of stunning paintings made by artist and tattoo enthusiast, Chris Guest.

Chris Guest
Chris Guest

The next time you're looking to pick up art that doesn't include pieces on your skin, then you need to check out the works of Chris Guest, a painter from London.

What caught our attention was the solid presence of tattooed individuals in many of Chris' oil paintings. Now, I've done my fair share of messing with oils and I assure you, they can be such little bastards to work with on first try. As if mixing and crying isn't enough just to get the right hue of flesh, try painting intricately tattooed people. Which is what really drew us to Chris' tattooed women paintings.

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

Chris Guest was born in Bristol in 1979. He studied Illustration at Brunel College of Art and took up the same course at Degree level at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, graduating in 2000.

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

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Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

While most 14-year-old schoolchildren use the hours allotted for school work gossiping with their friends or anything else but studying, Chris would use his drawing portraits of music icons for other pupils—the first artworks he ever sold.

He kept the habit years later while working as a part-time butcher’s assistant at the local supermarket.

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

At 18, Chris began showing his work in galleries in Cornwall and has since exhibited extensively throughout the UK. Some of his works are now at home with art collectors worldwide and has been chosen for many prestigious portrait exhibitions.

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

His highly-anticipated first solo show in London was held at the Circle Gallery in May 2014. He recently exhibited at the 2015 London Tattoo Convention

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

“For the last few years, my work has focused on painting heavily tattooed people, mainly from the London rock scene, to create paintings with a dirty rock n roll feel,” he says.

“I use very traditional techniques perhaps more akin to 18th century paintings, and source beautifully elaborate and highly decorative frames from English stately homes that are sometimes hundreds of years old. Using this traditional style of painting and method of display, coupled with such a contemporary subject matter of young characters from the London rock scene, I find this creates an interesting contradiction in my work.”

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

Check out this stunning piece featuring the equally stunning tattoo artist, Lepa Dinis.

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

Chris also teaches painting and holds regular workshops around the UK.

Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest
Tattooed woman oil painting by Chris Guest

Follow Chris Guest on Instagram and Facebook. Visit his website here.

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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