Charlottetown tattoo artist wins art battle

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

Mitch MacDonald comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 11, 2014

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.