Whether painting figures beyond the confines of the gender binary with blurry ambiguity or memorializing formative moments of sexual exploration in exquisite detail, a growing group of painters is developing a new visual vocabulary for depicting queer intimacy. Melding ambitions at one personal, political, and painterly, this cohort celebrates queer intimacy—emphatically and at times with trepidation, delicately refuting the oppressive gazes that sometimes accompany visibility. Their works range from sexy to sad, rowdy to raw, and hot to heavy, all the while doing the important work of expanding our repertoire of intimate imagery.
Take a look below at some of the most exciting queer figurative painters working today.
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