Thursday, 13 December 2012

Male Body Art

Male Body Art Biography
Starting Out I have been drawing and painting the male nude for over 30 years. Although I came out as a gay man when I was 20, I didn't give myself permission to start doing nude male art until almost 10 years later. I began doing male nudes for myself, not for other gay men. I was happily surprised when my friends—most of them gay men—started buying my drawings and paintings of naked men. I couldn't believe I was making money selling naked art!
A Passion for Erotic Male Art To tell you the truth, it wasn't until I started doing male nudes that I felt I had something to say as an artist. I had always had a talent for drawing, but never quite knew what to do with it. Of course I didn't—I had to confront the fact that I was a gay man, and had to accept that I was attracted to men, in order to get to the point where I was able to openly become an artist who specialized in male nudes. Finally, I was able to accept myself, and that's when I started drawing my passion—the male figure. Male nudity became my theme and main subject. When drawing (or painting) a naked man, I finally felt I was fulfilling my purpose as an artist. That gave me a new sense of freedom and satisfaction. And I still feel that way.
"Do You Really Want to be Known for Making Gay Erotica?" Lots of friends doubted me when I began painting nude men. They wondered if I really wanted the name Douglas Simonson to be so identified with male nudity. Did I really want people to associate me with naked gay men? Did I want to be known for creating pictures of nude men? I've always been a rebellious type, so their questioning (and sometimes criticism) didn't stop me. It spurred me on. But I wasn't doing it just out of reaction, either. Almost as soon as I started painting and drawing male nudes, I felt a sense of rightness. As if this were what I was put here to do: create male nude art.
Is It Gay Male Erotica? Am I a gay artist? Is what I do gay art? Is it homoerotica? It seems to be a big question for many people. You could look at it several ways. Gay men buy my art, because gay men (surprise!) seem to enjoy seeing a man nude. And I'm a gay man creating art for gay men. So I guess you could call what I do gay art. But just painting a man nude doesn't make that painting gay art. A gallery filed with nude male paintings is not necessarily a gay gallery. Nude male art is not necessarily nude gay art. Do you see what I mean? It's not even about that. For me, the bottom line is, does the art move you? Does it grab you by the balls? If so, whether you're a gay male or not, I've done my job as an artist. Whether you consider me a gay artist or not.
Male Body Art
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