Exhibition Announcement: Japanese Gallery
After a successful participation at The London Tattoo Convention in 2017, Japanese Gallery are proud to share a new collection of extraordinary traditional woodblock prints at The Tattoo Collective this March.
Featuring pieces by Kuniyoshi, Kunichika, Toyokuni III and Paul Binnie amongst others, these works offer an insightful view to Japanese tattoo culture through the ages.
The exhibit will take viewers through an evolutionary journey of wabori (Japanese traditional tattoo designs), conflating modern day tattoo styles with the popularity of ukiyo-e in the mid-18th century Edo period (1603 – 1868).
In a time when the strict, controlling Tokugawa government suppressed any signs of individuality, tattoos and printmaking were proof that the working classes found their own way of expressing themselves through the vibrant world of popular art. Extremely elaborate, both artistically and culturally, the purpose of Japanese tattoos shifted over time from a form of punishment to beautification, with designs depicting religious and symbolic meaning.
Comparable in tradition and technique to ukiyo-e, tattoos were catering to the working classes and otokodate of Edo – the artists, the merchants and the gangsters.
Seeking to connect past and present, the exhibition will trace the development and popularity of Japanese tattoos alongside woodblock printing, while focusing on the importance of their aesthetic value.
Don’t miss this stunning exhibition at The Tattoo Collective – find Japanese Gallery in the T3 gallery area. Advance tickets are now on sale.