Man Enough
Man Enough

Oil on Canvas, 84” x 60” ( 153cm x 213cm ) 2018

Artist Statement

What does it mean to be “man enough”? The uncertainty around this question is something that I have carried with me as long as I can remember.  I believe this stems from never being able to fully comprehend my sexual orientation as a gay man. I have never felt as though I have been able to truly grasp who I am, my identity has always felt like something that evades me; uncertain and shifting never really making sense.  While I have never felt that being gay defined who I am as a person I have always felt as though it precluded me in some way from ever fitting into what it really means to be a man.

The impetus for this series of paintings grew out of my interest in the works of the Rococo movement of the 18th century.  It was a very decorative and theatrical style with a great deal of focus on the bodies of women. They were portrayed in a way to make them seem frivolous and vain.  I have been considering the parallels with contemporary representation of males today.

The women were used in a way to show the social status of their patrons in their best light.  Intentionally devoid of political or religious symbolism, portraying a [feminine] ideal, the frivolity and eroticism of its aristocratic patrons.  There is a parallel to the way that we curate and disseminate images of ourselves through social media platforms -- often to masses of people -- projecting a seductive and idealized version of the self.  Though, there is an inherent vulnerability that exists in the need for validation, that contradicts the outward projections of strength and virility. I am interested in this “un-reality” and conflating notions of masculinity and vulnerability.

 Portrait of the artist as a young man, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018

Portrait of the artist as a young man, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018

 Premeditated, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

Premeditated, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

 The Search, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40” ( 76cm x 102cm ) 2018

The Search, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40” ( 76cm x 102cm ) 2018

 Disgrace, Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas, 82” x 70” ( 178cm x 208.5cm ) 2018

Disgrace, Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas, 82” x 70” ( 178cm x 208.5cm ) 2018

 Mask 1, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

Mask 1, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

 Shame, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018

Shame, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018

 The Idol, born to die, Oil on Canvas, 70” x 82”  ( 208.5cm x 178cm ) 2018

The Idol, born to die, Oil on Canvas, 70” x 82”  ( 208.5cm x 178cm ) 2018

 Two Figures, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

Two Figures, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

 Portrait of Zach, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm )

Portrait of Zach, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm )

 Mask 3, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

Mask 3, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

 Disregard, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm )

Disregard, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm )

 The Shadow, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm ) 2018

The Shadow, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm ) 2018

 The Boys, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

The Boys, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

 Mask 2, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

Mask 2, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

 The Body, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24” ( 70cm x 76cm ) 2018

The Body, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24” ( 70cm x 76cm ) 2018

 Andrew, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

Andrew, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

 The Stranger, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm ) 2018

The Stranger, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm ) 2018

 Alejandro, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

Alejandro, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

 Andre, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

Andre, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

 Self-Portrait as the Lover (after Bacon), Oil on Paper, 9” x 12” (30.5cm x 23cm) 2018

Self-Portrait as the Lover (after Bacon), Oil on Paper, 9” x 12” (30.5cm x 23cm) 2018

Man Enough
 Portrait of the artist as a young man, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018
 Premeditated, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018
 The Search, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40” ( 76cm x 102cm ) 2018
 Disgrace, Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas, 82” x 70” ( 178cm x 208.5cm ) 2018
 Mask 1, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018
 Shame, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018
 The Idol, born to die, Oil on Canvas, 70” x 82”  ( 208.5cm x 178cm ) 2018
 Two Figures, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018
 Portrait of Zach, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm )
 Mask 3, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018
 Disregard, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm )
 The Shadow, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm ) 2018
 The Boys, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018
 Mask 2, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018
 The Body, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24” ( 70cm x 76cm ) 2018
 Andrew, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018
 The Stranger, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm ) 2018
 Alejandro, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018
 Andre, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018
 Self-Portrait as the Lover (after Bacon), Oil on Paper, 9” x 12” (30.5cm x 23cm) 2018
Man Enough

Oil on Canvas, 84” x 60” ( 153cm x 213cm ) 2018

Artist Statement

What does it mean to be “man enough”? The uncertainty around this question is something that I have carried with me as long as I can remember.  I believe this stems from never being able to fully comprehend my sexual orientation as a gay man. I have never felt as though I have been able to truly grasp who I am, my identity has always felt like something that evades me; uncertain and shifting never really making sense.  While I have never felt that being gay defined who I am as a person I have always felt as though it precluded me in some way from ever fitting into what it really means to be a man.

The impetus for this series of paintings grew out of my interest in the works of the Rococo movement of the 18th century.  It was a very decorative and theatrical style with a great deal of focus on the bodies of women. They were portrayed in a way to make them seem frivolous and vain.  I have been considering the parallels with contemporary representation of males today.

The women were used in a way to show the social status of their patrons in their best light.  Intentionally devoid of political or religious symbolism, portraying a [feminine] ideal, the frivolity and eroticism of its aristocratic patrons.  There is a parallel to the way that we curate and disseminate images of ourselves through social media platforms -- often to masses of people -- projecting a seductive and idealized version of the self.  Though, there is an inherent vulnerability that exists in the need for validation, that contradicts the outward projections of strength and virility. I am interested in this “un-reality” and conflating notions of masculinity and vulnerability.

Portrait of the artist as a young man, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018

Premeditated, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

The Search, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40” ( 76cm x 102cm ) 2018

Disgrace, Oil and Spray Paint on Canvas, 82” x 70” ( 178cm x 208.5cm ) 2018

Mask 1, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

Shame, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 24” ( 46cm x 70cm ) 2018

The Idol, born to die, Oil on Canvas, 70” x 82”  ( 208.5cm x 178cm ) 2018

Two Figures, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

Portrait of Zach, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm )

Mask 3, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

Disregard, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm )

The Shadow, Oil on Canvas, 8” x 6” ( 20cm x 15cm ) 2018

The Boys, Oil on Canvas, 60” x 70” ( 122cm x 154.5cm ) 2018

Mask 2, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 30” ( 122cm x 76cm ) 2018

The Body, Oil on Canvas, 30” x 24” ( 70cm x 76cm ) 2018

Andrew, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

The Stranger, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 11” ( 35.5cm x 28cm ) 2018

Alejandro, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

Andre, Oil on Paper, 16” x 12” ( 40.5cm x 30.5cm ) 2018

Self-Portrait as the Lover (after Bacon), Oil on Paper, 9” x 12” (30.5cm x 23cm) 2018

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