Art Exhibition: The Dawn of Tomorrow, the art of Jo Harrison & Hanumantra
We are very excited to premier an exclusive new exhibition from the hugely talented tattoo duo Jo Harrison and Hanumantra.
Hanumantra and Jo’s distinct artistic styles come together to create bold, powerful works depicting prominent figures and reimagining them as tattooed individuals in a world where body art is celebrated, rather than scorned, by the masses.
Of the exhibition, Jo explains:
‘These paintings are collaborative works between myself and Hanumantra.
Tattoos have been done in many ways and for differing reasons all over the world for as far back as we can see. It’s part of what makes us human as we identify with others who mark themselves in a similar way.
For one reason or another tattooing had its prestige stolen, being pushed to the underground and out to the fringes of society. However in recent years it has started to climb back and reclaim its place amongst civilisation.
In this series of paintings we aim to look at prominent figures, past and present, alive or dead, real or fictitious and recreate them in a world where the marking of one’s body is celebrated and sacred.
This new world is one where people have an indifferent attitude about the way that we look. But rather than coming from a place of apathy, this attitude is born from positivity, in knowing that judgement will not be passed on appearance.’
Jo is an accomplished painter who began learning to work with oils in 2006, 10 years into her tattoo career, alongside legendary tattoo artist Jeff Gogue. Her paintings are stylistically different to her tattoo works, but Jo explains, ‘the similarities can be seen in my desire to be the tool to create an expression of my muse’.
Hanumantra specialises in large-scale blackwork tattoos which work carefully with the form of the body to create powerful and impactful pieces. Hanumantra explains, ‘Blackwork is a tattoo choice, it’s a lifestyle and it’s a philosophy, believing that less really is more and understanding that we should not be afraid to stand out in a world full of people trying to fit in’.
Don’t miss the chance to view these incredible works at The Tattoo Collective, Feb 17-19th at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. Tickets are available online now; get yours today!