New Works for Sale
This project is a follow up to Stuck in my room where we follow the narrative of a boy’s view on love and peace from his bedroom window. Hidden in this was finding out there was no resolution to this desire, once the boy experienced his desires first- hand, we found out that our boy was jaded from the negatives of love. Leaving such a needy heart so unguarded, he found himself lost and angry for what he needed so badly burned him till he no longer desired this. Which brings us to There’s no such place where we learn more of a background on this boy, let’s call him the “midnight cowboy”.
In this body of work, we will explore more than a dozen paintings, with a dip into minimalism, and homoerotic scenes, here lies the true view of these things our cowboy held onto for hope. Playing on the basic idea of colors, we tap into religion, cheating, love, loneliness, depression, ego, pride, lust, self-esteem, home. For the colors we look at their role in the bible, in order to understand religion through the eyes of the cowboy, religion to him was something he looked up to, until he found a system of authority that shamed him for his sexual desires and carnal pleasure. We tap into intimacy, and how its role in the cowboy’s life was instantly jaded by his desires to fulfill his other sexual desires and kinks he otherwise couldn’t explore in his past relationships. We will trace the lines of how his self-esteem was powered by ego, leaving him drunk off power trips brought on by his rising status and people he surrounds himself with. The overall concept is to showcase my struggles with religion, love, and self-acceptance.
The body of work really showcases my personal journey through my moments of love and religion, masked with my love for bear, and bearded men. Using these figures and images is my narrative to breaking down hyper masculine stereotypes in the Gay community. By using a soft color palate allows me to paint these burly men as soft shapes and beards. I find by stripping down these men, to their underwear, jock straps, and nude allows me to paint a behind-closed-door, reflective image to convey complete vulnerability and body empowerment, without to many defining lines.
My time at TOM House is one I cannot forget. Being here allowed me to observe the history of the Foundation and Tom’s work, along with the extensive amount of history of other talented Queer artists. While here I have been able to create two exhibitions in two months. This opportunity has allowed me to focus on my works in full detail from start to finish, this has been amazing to finally have the chance to do, because I have been able to break apart every detail and understand what I was creating. Along the way, I have been able to meet so many amazing people and artists who supported every choice I made, and so many words of advice and stories of their experiences with art or the Foundation. Overall, I appreciate all the time I have spent here, I believe that I have really accepted my craft and sexuality.
On view through 11th January by appointment.
— Tom of Finland (@TomsFoundation) December 26, 2019
About the Artist