By taking advantage of oil paint’s luminosity to construct alternative realities in space, I use saturated colors and thin glazes to create semi-realistic figures that evoke a sense of hyper masculinity and sexuality. Advertisements, especially ones utilizing trendy celebrities, has been the main influence in my recent work that combines exploration of comic book iconography. I am interested in images of desire in the way that mimics the format of high fashion photography while amplifying the masculine ideal.
Through these paintings, I hope to understand and articulate my own desire toward the masculine ideal body. There is a relationship of dichotomy in ideas about male beauty, both of existing in the world of it and outside of it. My paintings have their own logic and rules, maintaining their believably in the space while also referencing impossible physics made by digital collage.