Charlottetown tattoo artist wins art battle

Mitch MacDonald
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John Dohe and three other Island artists will square off for P.E.I. championship on Saturday, June 21

Charlottetown tattoo artist John Dohe proved to be the crowd favourite in a live competitive painting event Saturday night.

Dohe and 11 other Island artists competed in the fourth Art Battle event held at the P.E.I. Brewing Company in Charlottetown.

The evening saw two groups of six compete in the initial rounds, with artists being given 20 minutes to complete their canvas.

The audience then voted for their favourite canvas, with the top two artists in each round moving ahead to the final round.

The Brewing Company had previously hosted three Art Battles.

All four winners will compete in the P.E.I. Championship, which will be held at the P.E.I. Brewing Company on Saturday, June 21.

The event’s hype in Charlottetown has grown in the past several months, with hundreds crowding the venue Saturday to watch the artists at work.

“It was balls to the wall awesome,” said spectator Telsyn Doucette, who made the trek from North Rustico to attend the event.

Doucette said his favourite canvas from the night came from Jared Praught, who was one of the other three finalists along with Kira Peters and Jackie VanderZwaag.

“It represented the duality of man,” Doucette said of the portrait Praught painted during the final round. “One might say it was a ‘stark’ portrait.”

The event was held on what is considered ‘Art Battle Day in Canada,’ which saw more than 250 artists competing in more than 20 Canadian communities for the chance to advance to the 2014 national championship in Toronto this summer.

Organizations: P.E.I. Brewing Company

Geographic location: Charlottetown, North Rustico, Canada Toronto

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  • Larry
    May 12, 2014 - 11:28

    That Telsyn fella seems to have a real eye for art.

  • Lisa
    May 12, 2014 - 06:02

    Right on! He did my Tattoo and he is a fantastic artist! Good luck to you!

  • intobed
    May 12, 2014 - 00:39

    Maybe one of the artists should have tattooed eight rotting round hay bales on someone's arm. That is considered important art, at least enough to have eight real hay bales rotting on the plaza of the Confed Centre for the winter ... and spring. Art is not rotting hay bales.

  • Chaylon
    May 11, 2014 - 20:32

    An extremely talented artist with so many different mediums. Congrats John, PEI is lucky to have talent like this here. More people need to know about his work:)