Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Deidre But-Husaim
Deidre But-Husaim is this week's fine artist, and for good reason- her exquisite, glowing, tattooed paintings are to fucking die for.
But-Husaim is an artist living and working in Australia, who- while well-versed in several mediums- thrives at applying oil paint on linen canvas to create the most stunning (and often times, tattooed) portraits of young models.
While it's safe to say that many artists who choose to portray tattoos in their work usually do so because of some interpretation of the relation between the ink and skin, the act of adorning the body, cultural nods, analysis of symbolism-the list goes on and on- But-Husaim's reason is pretty cut and dry. One of her old studio spaces was located above a tattoo parlor. She used to look out her window and see all of the people- typically young- walking in and out of the shop, coming in as a clean canvas and leaving with beautiful works of art on their bodies. This obviously had a large impact on her, because several of her collections of paintings are heavily tattoo-based.
The combination of But-Husaim's masterful application of oil paint to create these luminous, life-like figures and the soft, beautiful way in which she applies their tattoos is one that can't be beat. I've included some of my favorites here - but don't forget to check out her website to stay updated with her new work and to catch a gallery showing!