Jen Lee
b. 1975
True Love
Rives BFK Cream paper, 2010
14 x 30 inches

Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project

August 9, 2014 - October 15, 2014

Graphics Gallery

Indelibly Yours is one of the most recent projects by Smith Andersen Editions, a small fine arts press in California. For more than 40 years, Smith Andersen Editions has served as a creative hub for artists and printmakers. For this exhibition, 10 artists were invited to dedicate time working on prints that showcase the interconnectedness of tattooing and printmaking. Five of the participants are known for tattooing and five for printmaking. 

The relationship between the two mediums yields a suite of colorful and stimulating images. In some instances it is difficult to distinguish the work of the tattooers from that of the printmakers. For Ross K. Jones, Mary Joy, Jen Lee, Jeff Rassier, and Kahlil Rintye, who generally work with skin and ink, the project afforded the opportunity to colla-borate with a master printer, to experiment with new materials, and to embrace the spontaneity atypical of tattooing. For the printmakers—Enrique Chagoya, George Herms, Kathryn Kain, Kara Maria, and Richard Shaw—the tattoo project encouraged the investigation of new symbols, styles, and ideas.

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From the Exhibition

  • Enrique Chagoya, b. 1953, My Tattoos, 2010, Okawara paper, 30 x 14 inches

  • Kathryn Kain, b. 1956, Tattooed Mermaid, 2010, chine collé and Xerox litho transfer of a Don Ed Hardy mermaid design on Rives BFK Cream paper, 30 x 14 inches

  • Kara Maria, b. 1968, The Animal that Lives in Your Heart, 2010, Kitakata Scroll paper, 14 x 29 3/4 inches

  • George Herms, b. 1935, Flower, 2011, monoprint on Rives BFK Cream Paper, 30 x 14 inches

  • Ross K. Jones, b. 1979, Untitled (Eagle), 2010, gold-leaf chine collé on Rives BFK Cream, paper 30 x 14 inches