Otto D’Ambra uses his mastery of tattoo art to create a collection which makes a comment on our modern lives. The way we live has changed: everything is digital, our obsession over celebrity culture is worse than ever, we have lost touch with our original human roots. Blending multiple elements from the animal kingdom, his illustrations address the inseparable link between modern man and his primordial nature, highlighting the dangers of our incessant pursuit of ephemeral pleasures and deceptive concepts of wellbeing. These intricate fusions of animals are in fact metaphorical representations of the complicated nature of the human condition.
The son of two graphic designers, Otto D’Ambra was surrounded by strong visual imagery and creative tools long before studying Fine Art. He subsequently majored in Set Design at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan. He spent the next few years working in a wide variety of creative enterprises ranging from advertising to set design. In 2013 Otto relocated to East London where he opened The White Elephant Studio to concentrate solely on his work as an illustrator, printmaker and tattoo artist.
This exhibition showcases Otto D’Ambra’s mastery of a wide variety of media, including ink on paper, etchings, prints, light boxes and – for the very first time – sculpture, all on display at Fiumano Projects Gallery in King’s Cross, with a private view on 1 March, 6.30 – 9 pm.
It’s an exhibition not to be missed – Ecce Animal: Reality’s B-Side urges us to address our place in the world and get in touch with our instinctive selves before they are lost to us in a society all too eager to subvert our originality.
To find out more about the artist and the exhibition watch the video here.