Alex Binnie’s Flayed – Exhibition Review

BY LUCY KENWARD

The Corridor Gallery celebrates the arrival of the immensely talented Alex Binnie; a sought-after Tattoo Artist and a Fine Art Printmaker. “Flayed” is a curious, beautiful and macabre exhibition of all things anatomical. The exhibition transforms the gallery into an artist’s laboratory, creating an immersive setting to showcase Alex Binnie’s new works, which include lino and woodcut prints.

The Corridor Gallery is elated to work with the incredible talent of Alex Binnie; a well-known and much loved figure with an abundance of artisanal skills, creativity and a lifelong passion for what he describes as accessible, anti-elitist forms of art.

Alex has spent decades dedicated to the mastery of tattoo art working in his unique bold graphic style to interpret a wide range of typically non-Western designs, ideas and themes – often drawing on inspiration from traditional Japanese iconography through studying antique woodblock prints.

Figure 6 by Alex Binnie
Figure 4 by Alex Binnie

Since 2000 Alex Binnie has returned to his love of woodblock prints and is now focussing his attention on mastering the complex set of skills required to produce arduous, highly detailed prints. Each woodcut Alex creates is traditionally made; designed, rendered, carved and finally printed by hand. He then uses a Victorian cast iron press to produce each print.

Alex Binnie draws on a wide range of skill sets to produce each design; the anatomical references and patient rendering of flesh, tissue and bone are inspired by his early career as a Medical Illustrator. This is combined with his precision penmanship as a Tattooist to create a series of unique, vividly visceral images.

Figure 6 By Alex Binnie
Figure 6 By Alex Binnie

“Flayed!” presents exciting new works by Alex Binnie and includes a chance to view offerings from his sought-after and highly collectible back catalogue. Alex Binnie is celebrated for his distinctive style combining decisive graphic imagery enhanced by rigorous, fleshy detail which merges a glorious mix of influences within every image. Each print represents his personal exploration of human anatomy, adding traditional Japanese iconography, antique tattoo imagery, European gothic and a dash of ancient mysticism. This alluring, unique and sophisticated mix of influences produces fascinating and captivating fine art prints, with Alex Binnie’s body of work as a Printmaker to date garnering much interest and adoration.

Figure 5 by Alex Binnie
Figure 5 by Alex Binnie

Alex Binnie enjoys a varied and successful career as a Tattooist and Printmaker, founding ‘Into You Tattoo’ in Clerkenwell and he subsequently opened a shop in Brighton. As a Printmaker, Alex Binnie has shown work globally with a steady stream of exhibitions in London, New York, Berlin and Japan. His tattoo art and fine art prints have frequently appeared in various publications, including a solo book dedicated to a series of woodcut portraits of tattooists, “The Woodcut Portraits” released in 2012 by Kintaro publishing.

The exhibition at the Corridor Gallery is on until the 27th March. The gallery showcases the wealth and talent of Brighton, and sells a diverse array of affordable accessories, art works, and prints. Keep an eye on their facebook page for the latest offers and events.

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