Online: Queer Men Painting Figures

The male figure, the autobiographic figure, the desired figure are all part of the history of Queer men working as painters. Often pursued surreptitiously in the past, contemporary queer artists are explicitly developing work that explores the rich texture of their lived and imagined experience while transgressing boundaries imposed by heterocentrism. This workshop will look closely at the work of contemporary Queer male artists — including Hernan Bas, Attila Richard Lukacs, Jochen Klein, Kehinde Wiley, Joey Terrill, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Zachari Logan, John Kirby, Troy Michie, Anthony Cudahy, Doron Langberg, and Salman Toor — while engaging participants in the process of making figurative paintings that emerge from their vision and experience. We will not be using a live model in the workshop, and participants will be encouraged to work from both their own body using a mirror or photography and / or source material (all gender identities welcome).

This workshop will use Zoom for two six-hour Saturday sessions. The first Saturday is focused on learning from several artists who are working in dialogue with the workshop’s theme. Using prompts drawn from these artists’ work, we’ll engage their thinking in our picture making. During the week, participants will be encouraged to continue working on their own (as time allows) and everyone will schedule an individual consultation with the instructor. The following Saturday is focused on additional consideration of artists relevant to the workshop theme, continued studio work, and a final group review.

Participants don’t need to have a studio, but should have a workspace that has internet access or data access for an on-going Zoom video conference. The course is open to artists of all skill levels, who are interested in oil painting, acrylic painting, drawing, watercolor, collage, or multimedia approaches. Ideally you should have some familiarity with the materials with which you choose to work as material demonstrations are somewhat ineffective over Zoom.