Artist's description:

Original illustration.

This is a piece in an ongoing series. I chose the title from an Andy Warhol quote, as I feel that my drive as an artist is showing what I find beautiful. The men I draw blur the gender lines by appearing beautiful & ornate.
I've been particularly inspired by Mucha, as we both have a fairly realistic but flat graphic style. I've also been wandering the V&A's stunning jewelery collection for inspiration-- can you tell?

I created these series to celebrate male femininity. I feel that there is nothing shameful about crossdressing. I feel that everyone has a right to be and project whatever makes them feel beautiful.

I believe that femininity isn’t gender exclusive, and a man can express femininity and be ornate, while still being a man. Expressing femine aspects does not de-masculinise men, and shouldn’t be seen as a threat.

Similar work by artists Rion Sabean and Paul Richmond explore the underlying sexism of men not being expected to pose submissively and flash their knickers. I whole heartedly agree with this point, but I’m interested in is the issue that men don’t always have the freedom to express themselves in this way if they wish without attracting negativity; usually a comment about what ‘real men’ are supposed to be/do/think.

Why is it ‘ridiculous’, and ‘funny’ to see men in traditionally feminine poses or roles? I’d like to quote Charlotte Gainsbourg:

“Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots. ‘Cause it’s OK to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading. ‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading. But secretly you’d love to know what it’s like… Wouldn’t you?"

Femininity does not necessarily mean female, no more than masculinity means male. My intent with this series was to celebrate the male form celebrating their femininity and being ornate.

Materials used:

Copic markers on cartridge paper

Everything has its beauty but not everybody sees it (2015)


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This artwork is sold by Klara Bow Piechocki from United Kingdom

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