Kate Zambrano's ‘Corporeal’ Oil, 20 x 16"

Tattoo Artists Take On Fine Art In An Exhibit As Tribute To Tattoos

Painting and tattooing collide as artists like Nikko Hurtado and more take part in Nexus, showcasing the influence of tattoos in fine art.

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In the contemporary art scene, it's hardly possible to take away tattoo influence from fine art. We've got fine artists turned tattoo artists, fine artists fuelled by the art of tattoos, artists who wield both tattoo machine and paintbrush, and tattoo artists who recreate fine art on skin.

Shawn Barber's ‘Henry Lewis with Black Panther’ Oil, 30 x 24"
Shawn Barber's ‘Henry Lewis with Black Panther’ Oil, 30 x 24"

Nexus, an exhibit co-curated by painter David Gluck aims to showcase how tattoo and painting collide through artists who are influenced by both in each of their works. Artists like Nikko Hurtado, Oda & King, and Kate Zambrano took part in Nexus, which focused on the crossover of a subculture and art forms that play a big part in the art scene today.

Nexus will be exhibiting at Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado from April 8 to May 7.

Derek Harrison's ‘Pink Gloves’ Oil, 14 x 11"
Derek Harrison's ‘Pink Gloves’ Oil, 14 x 11"
Jennifer Balkan's ‘Madonna, 2016 AD’ Oil, 36 x 24"
Jennifer Balkan's ‘Madonna, 2016 AD’ Oil, 36 x 24"
Rory Coyne's ‘Turning Seven’ Oil, 36 x 36"
Rory Coyne's ‘Turning Seven’ Oil, 36 x 36"

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David Gluck's ‘Adornment’ Oil, 30 x 22"
David Gluck's ‘Adornment’ Oil, 30 x 22"
Nikko Hurtado ‘All That Glitters Is Not Gold’ Oil, 16 x 12" oval
Nikko Hurtado ‘All That Glitters Is Not Gold’ Oil, 16 x 12" oval
Oda & King's ‘A Part Of Me’ Oil, gold leaf, and epoxy on spalted maple live wood slab
Oda & King's ‘A Part Of Me’ Oil, gold leaf, and epoxy on spalted maple live wood slab
Shana Levenson's ‘Christina’ Oil, 25 x 25"
Shana Levenson's ‘Christina’ Oil, 25 x 25"
Aaron Nagel's ‘Reclining with Teraoka’ Oil, 18 x 24"
Aaron Nagel's ‘Reclining with Teraoka’ Oil, 18 x 24"
Alexandra Manukyan ‘Beautiful Disaster’ Oil, 20 x 16"
Alexandra Manukyan ‘Beautiful Disaster’ Oil, 20 x 16"
Julio Reyes' ‘Gypsy Blood’ Oil, 8 x 10"
Julio Reyes' ‘Gypsy Blood’ Oil, 8 x 10"
John Wentz's ‘Imprint No. 74’ Mixed Media, 22 x 15"
John Wentz's ‘Imprint No. 74’ Mixed Media, 22 x 15"
Che Smith's ‘Black No. 1’ Oil, 36 x 18"
Che Smith's ‘Black No. 1’ Oil, 36 x 18"
Pamela Wilson's ‘Calling Down the Poison Moon’ Oil, 18 x 18"
Pamela Wilson's ‘Calling Down the Poison Moon’ Oil, 18 x 18"
Kate Zambrano's ‘Corporeal’ Oil, 20 x 16"
Kate Zambrano's ‘Corporeal’ Oil, 20 x 16"

Read more about the Nexus exhibition here.

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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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