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  • May2nd

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    On May 4th, Ed Hardy will be on hand to introduce Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (Docurama Films, 2011), which reflects the artist’s journey, his unexpected rise to cult status, and his influence on pop culture. With one foot in the world of tattooing and the other planted in the fine arts, each informs the other.

    Free tickets will be available in front of the Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Tonight’s public programs are free. Tickets are required to view the permanent collection or special exhibitions.

  • March21st

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    Srimpy

    The Sylvia White Gallery is now showing an exhibition of Don Ed Hardy’s paintings. The show runs February 21-April 1st 2012.

    The paintings in Don Ed Hardy’s upcoming show at Sylvia White Gallery evolved from the monumental 4 x 500 foot work 2000 Dragons, executed in the millennial year (a Dragon Year in the Asian zodiac). This was a decisive turning point for the artist in its scale and expansive gesture, as he had spent the previous four decades in near-daily practice with the obsessive precision of intaglio printmaking, lithography, tattooing, and careful watercolors. The mission goal of making two thousand dragons with no preplanned composition freed Hardy up to explore pure abstract elements along with recognizable forms. The spontaneous works since then continue to develop intuitively at the moment of painting.
    The big scroll was executed with acrylic on archival synthetic paper, which was available in huge rolls. Featherweight and durable, it was the most practical solution for a work of immense scale. The saturation of pigment into paper as an instantaneous indelible record-with little or no over painting-continues and amplifies Hardy’s works with metal plates, sumi ink, and skin. The current works further explore pure autographic expressive gesture.

    Immersed in Western as well as Asian art history, aesthetics, and theories of brushwork, Hardy has a long relationship with living and working in Japan. Along with the paintings are a new series of small porcelain sculptures. Made in collaboration with ceramist Trevor Ewald, these extend Hardy’s work done during several visits to Arita, Japan. There, at the invitation of a traditional kiln, he glazed production wares with unexpected themes, extending and subverting venerable tradition. The new ceramics are inspired by a series of his late ’90s paintings featuring garment forms from 15th and 16th century Northern European engravings (first studied in his undergraduate days at the San Francisco Art Institute) to which he added components of tattoo and pop themes.

    Mr. Hardy graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1967 with a BFA in printmaking. He retired from tattooing in 2006 and now divides his time between San Francisco and Honolulu with frequent trips to Japan to work in porcelain and study its visual culture.

    The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception, Saturday, February 25. The Sylvia White Gallery is located at 1783 E Main St in Ventura and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm. For more information, please call 805-643-8300.

    To see the Google Plus photo gallery of all the paintings, please click
    here.


  • November14th

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    3 of a kind
    The opening of the 3 Of A Kind show featuring Ed Hardy, Nick Bubash, and Thom DeVita at Chicago’s own Firecat Projects was a great success, with fans and artists from all over coming to enjoy the works and company of the masters.

    Our friends at Tattoo Artist Magazine were there to document the opening and share it with us! You can read the full article over at the Tattoo Artist Magazine Blog

  • October13th

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    Elephant's Graveyard

    Elephant's Graveyard

    October 20 – December 10, 2011
    Reception: Thursday, November 3, 2011 5:30 – 7:30

    Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 to 5:30; Saturdays 11:00 to 5:00. For more information, please visit www.renabranstengallery.com or contact the gallery directly at (415-982-3292).

    The paintings in Don Ed Hardy’s upcoming show at Rena Bransten Gallery evolved from the monumental 4 x 500 foot work 2000 Dragons, executed in the millennial year (a Dragon Year in the Asian zodiac). This was a decisive turning point for the artist in its scale and expansive gesture, as he had spent the previous four decades in near-daily practice with the obsessive precision of intaglio printmaking, lithography, tattooing, and careful watercolors. The mission goal of making two thousand dragons with no preplanned composition freed Hardy up to explore pure abstract elements along with recognizable forms. The spontaneous works since then continue to develop intuitively at the moment of painting.

    The big scroll was executed with acrylic on archival synthetic paper, which was available in huge rolls. Featherweight and durable, it was the most practical solution for a work of immense scale. The saturation of pigment into paper as an instantaneous indelible record—with little or no over painting—continues and amplifies Hardy’s works with metal plates, sumi ink, and skin. The current works further explore pure autographic expressive gesture.

    Immersed in Western as well as Asian art history, aesthetics, and theories of brushwork, Hardy has a long relationship with living and working in Japan. Along with the paintings are a new series of small porcelain sculptures. Made in collaboration with ceramist Trevor Ewald, these extend Hardy’s work done during several visits to Arita, Japan. There, at the invitation of a traditional kiln, he glazed production wares with unexpected themes, extending and subverting venerable tradition. The new ceramics are inspired by a series of his late ’90s paintings featuring garment forms from 15th and 16th century Northern European engravings (first studied in his undergraduate days at the San Francisco Art Institute) to which he added components of tattoo and pop themes.

  • October11th

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    Hardy Marks Publications is happy to announce two new books from our library!

    Sailor Jerry Treasure Chest has 40 pages of rare drawings, flash sheets, unfinished works, photos and more that are sure to be a hit for every tattoo shop and fan of The Master’s work.

    Rosie – Folk Art Tattoo Flash is an 88 page book that presents the incredible flash of Rosie Camanga, the naive art tattooist who worked in Honolulu from the 1940′s to late 1980′s.

    Both are available now in our online store!