That Trespassing Bitch! (Detail), 2013
Marker on paper, © KirwanArts
Artist, illustrator and sometime photographer, Michael Kirwan has come a long way from his childhood attending Catholic school while growing up in New York City’s Washington Heights District. In those days he spent most of his time sketching his own private worlds on paper bags from the local A&P because he couldn’t afford art supplies. And, when we say he’s ‘come a long way,’ we don’t just mean relocating cross country to Los Angeles with a protracted and influential detour through Miami’s South Beach… While Michael would be the first to tell you that no one gets rich illustrating porn, we’re pretty sure that, given his widely published and highly collectable works, he can now afford his own art supplies. But, the greatest testament to how far he’s come is that, these days, no one is going to mistake Michael’s work as that of a good Catholic school boy! His sexually explicit homoerotic illustrations would send the most progressive Mother Superior running for her rosary and probably a steel ruler for the artist!
I’m having a 2 month exhibition of four drawings at my favorite bar in Venice. I thought it would be nice/cool/interesting to invite the most fascinating people in California to meet me there on Wednesday night. I’m gonna get to the bar around 8:30p and stay for a couple of hours (longer if folks buy me drinks! Hahaha!!!) and I’d like you to join me there to see the artwork, me, each other, and the owner/bartender Gary Mick (outrageously HOT and a nice guy). Gary would especially like to talk to artists about booking space for next year. So come if you can. Thanks, Michael