Gay Art by Artist Chris Ryan in Southampton
It seems strange even calling them Gay Artworks in 2013. Artworks of a homoerotic nature is probably better. Either way I’ve done a lot of them over the years. Created in every artistic medium too. From watercolours to computer graphic generated imagery. There are a lot of brilliant lesbian and homosexual artists out there, and whilst I don’t belong in that class. I enjoy what I create. I was never destined to be a Pablo Picasso type stature.
I didn’t really set out to paint men with their “bits” hanging out in order to shock or titilate people. I just always admired their bodies. Possibly one of the things about being gay I guess. It sort of goes with the territory. Men and bodies I mean.
So painting men and muscles just came naturally for me. I wasn’t after a realistic approach in my work. That would be boring. No unrealistis musculature and exaggerated proportions were the way to go for me.
I remember my art teacher at school saying my paintings weren’t realistic. He missed the point entirely. They were never meant to be.
Appreciation of the Male Body
As Tom of Finland had always been a favourite artist of mine it steered me to the more stylised unrealistic versions of men in my work. I didn’t admire his politics or nazi idealism of the perfect man.
Definitely not his overt racial stereotyping. Yet I understood his sexual fantasies behind the drawings.
I think the main reason so many people wanted images of sexualised male paintings is it wasn’t so easy to get them when I started doing it. AIDS was rearing it’s head and the climate towards gay lifestyles was very different at that time.
Painting Gay Artworks
In the straight world there were tons of paintings of nude women about. Painting gay artworks has always just been another extension of “things” I enjoyed painting. It was not me making a statement. So instead of drawing women with their breasts hanging out…I chose to draw men with other parts of their anatomy hanging out.
At one time I gave away over 100 paintings that were cluttering up my art room in my flat in Bournemouth. To be sold at a charirty event for the Terence Higgins Trust. So in the late 90s there were a lot of gay men in Bournemouth with one of my paintings on their walls.
Own a Gay Artwork
Over the years I’ve painted a vast collection of homoerotic gay artwork. Most of that collection has been commissioned and purchased by individual collectors.
If you want to commission a piece yourself . Or purchase a gay artwork from my collection. I will be happy to assist you with images that will fit whatever end plan you have for them.
Just use the Contact page to send me an email and I will get back to you. Try and let me know exactly what you want and I will give you a reasonable price to do it.
Gay Vector Painting
Gay Beach Bum