This is a series of work I have been working on since last year 2014.
The main work is a multi-figurative piece I have have been working on for the last 12 months with a series of portraits derived from the main work.
It's made up of over 100 composite studies, an Adobe Illustrator file of over 50 layers.
I am into reconstruction of the male form, simplification and stylisation.
There are 17 men drawn in such a way as they drape and ooze. A mish-mash of composites I have studied attracted by their poses, their strong features, they all seemed relaxed and defiant to me, staring outwards unapologetically, defiant and masculine. I desired to capture that.
Some of the men may seem similar. I have been inspired by the athletic, the strong and the fierce - it's not just about sexuality, it's about perception of masculinity, the male gaze and male availability but It's ultimately all about men and it's totally gay - I have no problem with that! My goal was to create an vivid sumptuous sexy piece of art.
The portraits, "the heads" have been through many manifestations but ultimately they are a loving odé to "The Chinese Girl" (often popularly known as The Green Lady) a 1952 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff. It became one of the world's most popular paintings when made into prints in the 1950s and 1960s, and is one of the world's best-selling art reproductions of the twentieth century.
I have reproduced it here in my de-constructed version, the colour palette used is taken from that painting, particularly the red lips.
What is not revealed here tells the whole story here.