Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Jean-Luc Joerman
Basically, nothing or nobody is off limits when it comes to Jean-Luc Moerman and his viral, black, tattoo-esque linework.
Moerman is a fine artist living and working in Brussels who has become, since his first solo exhibition in 1995, internationally known for his incredibly intricate black linework.
With roots in draughtsmanship, it's no wonder that his beautiful, cascading designs are so impeccable. Moerman's process is based off the idea of infinite possibility- and that idea is what has allowed his work to take over pretty much every surface imaginable.
"The core of Jean Luc Moerman’s artistic practice is draughtsmanship executed with utmost control, pronounced through investigations of Japanese calligraphy, tattooing and urban graffiti. While he is working, he does so purely and devotedly for the sake of the lines and curves he is laying down, in an obsessive investigation that crosses many disciplines and customs. Through the visual culture he accrues from these disciplines, he reminds us that ‘everyone is tattooed somewhere’, and that inevitably the tattoos we carry, be they internal or external, visible to others or concealed, will multiply or spread beyond our immediate control" (via Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde)
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From buildings, cars, skateboards, taxidermy animals and living, breathing human beings to classic renaissance paintings and images of celebrities- Moerman has literally covered every base. There's a ton of work to choose from, and there's no way I could have included it all- so I did my best to narrow down my favorites.
For obvious reasons I was mainly drawn to the heavily "tattooed" figures, but I included some of his other work and if you're interested in seeing even more- head over to his website for a full portfolio and information on showings.