Ed Hardy Solo Exhibition
Marks, Scars, or Tattoos was a descriptive category of suspects on 1950s police Wanted posters. From ages 10 to 12, Hardy would peruse these at the local post office for tattoo design ideas. This solo exhibition presents works in various mediums from 2007 (when Hardy stopped tattooing) to the present. They include mixtures of classic American 20th century tattoo design, Asian aesthetics, and California soul.
A Southern California native born in 1945, Hardy completed a B.F.A. degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He went on to develop the potential of tattooing as a legitimate expressive medium and is primarily responsible for its global growth over the past fifty years.In 2000 he received an honorary doctorate from SFAI. His focus now is on painting, printmaking, and works in other media that have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. In addition to curating several shows, he has written and published more than thirty books on alternative art under the Hardy Marks imprint. Hardy’s various works form the basis of the global fashion line, Ed Hardy that became an international phenomenon. His life and works are documented in a variety of books and films.