Charles Gatewood
Tattoo Torso, 1976

Dimensions
11.875 in H x 8.75 in W
Catalogue Number
1976.021
Current Location
1620-17B.04

About the Artist

Charles Gatewood

Born1942
Died2016
BirthplaceChicago, IL
GenderMale
CitizenshipUnited States
Cultural HeritageEuropean-American
Light Work RelationshipArtist-in-Residence, 1976
Light Work Gallery, 1978
Light Work Retrospective Exhibition, 1985
Robert B. Menschel Gallery, 1996 (Group exhibition)
Robert B. Menschel Gallery, 1996 (Group Exhibition)

Biography

Charles Gatewood was Light Work's first Artist-in-Residence in 1976.


Essays

Forbidden Photographs', a series of fifty portraits by Charles Gatewood, will be exhibited here from March 15 through April 14, 1978. Early works from this series date back to Gatewood's stay in Syracuse as our first artist-in-residence in 1976. Among these is the now notorious 'Human Pincushion, Syracuse, N.Y.' Gatewood's subjects are frequently seen against dead black backgrounds; a visual footnote, perhaps, to the cultural fringes they inhabit, carnivals, Mardi Gras and the world of tattoos. He is currently at work on a new tattoo book with the celebrated tattoo artist, Spider Webb. Gatewood's Previous books include 'Sidetripping' with William S. Burroughs, 'People in Focus' and 'X' with Spider Webb and Marco Vassi.

Charles Gatewood lives in New York City, conducts workshops at the International Center for Photography, and has exhibited widely. 'Fat Tuesday', an exhibition of photographs from Mardi Gras' of the last eight years by Gatewood and George W. Gardner, is currently at the Midtown Y Gallery in New York.

1978