Work On Paper By Thomas Hooper

Aug 9 – Sep 13, 2014

Opening reception Aug 9, 7pm 'till late

It is with great pleasure that we announce ATAK Gallery will host a solo exhibition of new works by Thomas Hooper.

Born in Hastings East Sussex, Thomas Hooper studied Drawing at The London Institute of Art & Design, subsequently moving from London to New York City to pursue his goals in Tattooing and Art, now residing in Austin, TX.  

As a Painter, Illustrator, and Tattooist Thomas aims to mix orthodox and unorthodox drawing & painting techniques, organic textures, computer-enhanced patterns, accidental stains, & geometrical entities to further intertwine the path of his everyday practice on skin into the realm of fine art & beyond.

Cascading mandalas disintegrate into ornate abstract textures.  Sacred symbols guide the viewer deeper into the universal core.  Elements of wabi-sabi merge with sacred symbolism, occult, & truth.  Thomas's pictorial work, although directly complementary to the skin-based work, travels far from the world of tattooing to explore a very medium-orientated abstraction.  

Please join us for the opening reception on Aug 9.

For gallery inquiries please contact Takashi Makino at takashi {@} 

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The image, reproduced from one of Thomas's works on paper, is bold yet not overpowering & effectively represents the dynamic scale of Thomas's work whether on paper or skin.


Three separate prints make up the set.  Each 40" x 16" & printed as a single signed & numbered edition of twenty three.

Each print has been hand silk screened by Paul Mullowney with a custom mixed powered graphite & acrylic medium adding textural substance. 

Additionally, Thomas strove to disturb & affect the regimented order of the patterns over the bodies by hand finishing each print using a very abstract mono printing technique. 

Charcoal, metal luster pigment, acrylic medium, acrylic varnish, ink & gouache were employed as the hand finishing materials.  His goal being to evoke a resemblance of disorder & ascension towards a higher state through chaos & decay. 

No two are the same.  Each one conveys its own truth.