There Is Nothing You Can Do To Hurt Me

Shohei Otomo

Image by Alexander Mitchell

Hand-painted over two weeks for his 2017 Backwoods Gallery exhibition Ora Ora, There Is Nothing You Can Do To Hurt Me takes Japanese artists Shohei Otomo’s off the page and into three dimensions for the first time.

The body of giant sumo wrestler, his face replaced with the emoji for anger, is covered with elaborate Yakuza-style tattoos depicting famous explosions from art, history and popular culture – from the Star Wars Death Star to Apocalypse Now and Dragon Ball Z.

Appearing in Australia for only the second time, There Is Nothing You Can Do To Hurt Me reminds us that art is more powerful than any weapon.