Karrie Arthurs

+ About the Artist

Karrie Arthurs’ beautiful draftsmanship shows a certainty of hand that has tattooed many bodies. What is interesting about her work is the depth of meaning she draws from the richly decorative iconography of tattoo culture. Her free-hand ink drawings tell new fables through anthropomorphism of deities. Ships are pulled down by giant octopi and flaming trains are framed by the haunting message: “There is a train that’s headed straight to heavens gate.” Religious icons such as saints and crosses intermingle in vignettes of plants and animals. The works are drawn on antique papers, certificates and envelopes, bringing a unique look to the one-of-a-kind illustrations. Each work is deeply steeped in mystery and meaning, each has a different story to tell.

Revenant_portrait_3_family_revenants
Epitaph
It_was_my_mothers_house
Sleeping_ghosts
Remember_him
Locked_doors
Saviours_house
Revenant_portrait_no._11_the_dearly_departed_sons
Revenant_portrait_no.9_the_sacred_hearts
Revenant_portrait_no._10_the_homestead
Tell_me_a_story_about_a_bird_with_black_feather
Revenant_portrait_no._12_the_dearly_departed_fathers
Revenant_portrait_no._13_forgive_us_our_tresspasses
Put_me_in_this_cage
Carry_me_home_1_web
Carry_me_home_2_web
Carry_me_home_4_web
Carry_me_home_3_web
We've_heard_voices_from_far_above
Slight_of_hand_web
The_lighted_veil_web
King_of_skulls3
Flightless-bird_ws
Heaven_calls_you_7x5.75in_crop
Mighty_peacemaker
West_at_the_rose_window
Photo4
Once_around_her_den
Guidedlines
Save-these-weary-souls_web
Our_fathers_wrote
Antlers
Black_crosses_300
Keep_us_safe
Your_wintered_heart
Hand-with-wolfws