The Abstract Realism Tattoos of Charles Huurman

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Spanish tattooer Charles Huurman tells me he loves the work of Diego Velazquez. Sfumato, chiaroscuro and photorealism techniques were learnt through looking at paintings of the 17th-century artist. Goya, Sorolla and Dali have also inspired Huurman who specializes in Abstract Realism art that may include random paint splashes with photographic portraiture. It is all about finding a balance between the spontaneity of abstractionism with the controlled and thought-out realism. “I also want to incorporate energy into my work. And flow within the body form of my clients,” he explains and goes on: “I also look at tattooing today. And I think there are many good realists. So I basically want to push it to the next level like other inspiring artists. I want to tattoo reality, but also much more.”

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Adriana is the Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360 magazine, and author of "Tat'oo" book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated her time to documenting tattooists' lives and work and publishing on Inked, Skin Deep, Tattoo Life, and more. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

July 15, 2015 Art Body Art Tattoo