Even though it’s 2021, we don’t see enough queer art in this world, specifically male nudity. I’m sure it would be more “acceptable” to look at naked females all day, but c’mon, it’s 2021; for chrissakes, are we still in preschool? I think not. Are we going to continue to think it’s too gay (whatever the fuck that means) to appreciate a good ass painting of two dudes macking on each other? I hope not. As I said, it’s 2021! Yes, you read that right, it’s 2021. We’re not in the ’80s anymore.
Besides, art is art. And I, for sure, am not afraid to say when I like a piece of art, regardless of what it is. So, I’d strongly advise you to set aside time out of your day to one: follow these 7 queer artists on Instagram, and two: really engulf yourself (as a viewer) and joint down at least one thing you like about it.
Graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art in the spring of 2012 with a BFA in drawing, Adam Chuck works in oil paint on mylar. His works are abstract, shrinking a once large photograph (usually something intimate, if you know what I mean! *wink* *wink*) into a small, more manageable piece. Needless to say, “the works function together similar to a newsfeed on a social media site, and on their own are vignettes of different human experiences and stories are woven together.”
“Adrian Ferbeyre is a Cuban-American, Miami-born/New York City-based visual artist.”
From his website: “Capturing the sensuality and beauty of the male figure have been a focus of my work for almost two decades. I became intrigued by the human figure in college and began my exploration of the male figure in my twenties. Painting the male figure is more than just placing the lines or shapes; it’s a spiritual journey into expressing a much deeper realm of male sensitivity, passion, tenderness, and vulnerability. The modern male to me encompasses strength, masculinity, humility, and sensuality.”
From his website as well: “I am a queer illustrator. My work showcases intimate moments, spontaneity, and unapologetic celebration of male eroticism. I bring fantastic color boldness and humor from classic illustration into contemporary themes.”
John Mejia was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up in New York, Mejia graduated from Parsons School of Design with a full scholarship, which led him to study with Elaine de Kooning and Larry Rivers. His artwork was also on display at many international publications and companies, including Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Future, L’Oréal, Germaine Monteil. All and all, Mejia’s unique style would be his elegant lines, but more importantly his seductive color.
See, that wasn’t so bad, right?
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