Last Friday evening local artist John Ainsworth opened his solo exhibition at King’s Ship Tattoo Studio on Marmion Road.
John goes by the artist name When We Were Cows and describes how his most recent work was inspired by his passion for entomology and especially bird’s nests. “To me these are spaces that are homes to other species and they resonate to me for their naturally chaotic beauty. The nests are part of a series based upon habitats collected from hedgerows and trees on a recent visit to the Isle of Wight and I was immediately fascinated by both their intricacies and stubborn simplicity.”
Within the exhibition John has used a wide variety of materials and techniques including tea, coffee, walnut ink, pencil, ink and traditional drawing techniques.
The opening night was a big success, the studio was packed out quite soon after the doors opened at 7pm. It was great to see so many people coming to support the event. By the time I arrived which was about 45 minutes after it had opened nearly a third of the one off original pieces that were available had already been sold. Don’t panic though, there are still pieces available to buy and prices begin at a bargain £20.
The exhibitions runs until 26th March so there is still time to check it out for yourself. To find out King’s Ship Tattoo opening times check out their website – here.
Photos by Stu Barker