Irezumi
Irezumi

Oil on canvas 18 x 24"

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Thirty-six Views
Thirty-six Views

Oil on canvas 48 x 60"

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Tiger and Phoenix
Tiger and Phoenix

Oil on canvas 30 x 40"

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Self Portrait No. 2
Self Portrait No. 2

Oil on panel 14 x 14"

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Boro: Arrangement in Indigo
Boro: Arrangement in Indigo

Oil on Canvas 18x24"

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Ink and
Silk //
“The body is a figment of the imagination, a fiction. Each time it is portrayed, in words or images, we constantly reinvent it. To this body we attach the notion of beauty whether real, supposed or desired, and we shrink from revealing the simple truth of its form. All beauty is thus a fantasy...as a model it is a lie.”
 
– Dominique Buisson

My ongoing "Ink and Silk" series delves more deeply into the human form, and looks at tattoos as ornamentation in the same way that clothing, or in my work, kimono, does. One of the things that initially drew me to painting Japanese subjects was the intricate patterns of kimono and obi. In a way, tattoos do the same thing. They ornament the body in a more deep and personal way than mere clothing and yet do they reveal or conceal?