Victor Kensinger

The Bird and the Whale 

Exhibition dates: June 8th - July 8th, 2011

This was a show of prints made from the paintings of Victor Kensinger, a New York based illustrator and tattoo art- ist originally from Spain and trained in Boston. The major works in this show are; individual pages from an unwritten graphic novel, discreet incidents that imply the existence of a lager story, episodic moments taken out of a time line. Similarly they hint at larger themes, taking timeworn narratives and reworking them into a tantalizing mystery whose origin and conclusion we cannot know.

Themes of love and death, miraculous rescue, strange creatures, and desperate times all percolate through a sea of India Ink as if to underscore their ‘film noir’ appeal to romance, melodrama, and eventual tragedy. Such are the undying themes of the tattoo parlor and the gothic romance alike. Victor’s unique ability is to breath new life into old tales, like a master story teller he puts his own twist on these common themes—and in us the viewer, the spark of interest once more jumps to a flame. Coupled with a deft hand and a cinematic breadth of vision, we cannot help but wish for the completion of the novel so that we may once again slip into its watery fantasies and lose this mundane life.

Victor Kensinger’s drawing is shown as a series of large scale prints on canvas. They are available in small editions on canvas and as larger editions on paper. All works are giclée prints made from Victor’s hand drawn originals; they continue Skink Ink’s programme of bringing new and not so mainstream artists to the attention of a broader public. Our policy is to show art that refers to the broader culture as well as to the artworld and that is accessible both in form and price to the public at large.

Works from this exhibition are available as an edition. Click on any of the works to go through to a page where the work can be purchased online or access the entire collection here