Guests and Exhibitions: The Art of Joe Fenton


The 12th International London Tattoo Convention 2016 is very proud to present ‘The Art of Joe Fenton’.

Joe Fenton is a British artist, designer, sculptor and illustrator, who mainly works in monochrome using graphite, ink, acrylics, oils on paper, canvas, and other. His lavishly scaled, surrealist drawings are produced almost exclusively in graphite on paper, and inhabit a world populated by humorous and grotesque Hieronymus Bosch-like figures. With a giant eye for darkness and detail, Joe’s work embraces the strange tensions between life and death.

Joe's art work is influenced by many of the early surrealists. Embracing the grotesque by his employment of Hieronymus Bosch like figures that are gangly, writhing and cramped. Joe also uses motifs that suggest Eastern philosophy and Middle Eastern architecture whilst maintaining a feel for European Baroque and Rococo with complex frame ornamentation and plant like details. 

A common theme in all his works which recurs again and again is that of death and the fear of death. The fanciful and even freakish nature of his images seem to spring from the need to distance himself from the fear while at the same time acknowledging it.

Prior to his decision to commit full time to his personal works, Joe had two children’s books published, as author and illustrator which have won various awards. Joe has also worked for several years as a special effects sculptor and designer for motion pictures. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sculpture from the Wimbledon Art School.

Joe Fenton works ten hours a day, seven days a week for ten months to painstakingly create his incredibly detailed work.

Joe Fenton became internationally-known through his first large scale drawing rendered in graphite, acrylics, gouache, and ink, called Solitude. Completed in 2011, Solitude took over 10 months to produce, with its size being approximately 8 feet wide and 5.5 feet high.

Joe Fenton will be at the International London Tattoo Convention Sept 2016 with his amazing collection of artwork and merchandise .


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