2020, 17 in. x 16 in.
Gouache on paper
The first in a series of paintings inspired by the history and legend of Antinous during the early Roman empire. Surviving statuary is breathtakingly consistent in depictions of his beauty.
Here I explore beauty as a call to both worship and obedience—however hard we might try to resist this tendency. A tiny bit of modern leather imagery mixed with the classical bridges the past and present.
The title of this series in an homage to the spectacular work of scholarship by Royston Lambert.
This painting is included in the Doable Guys Vol. 5 anthology. Visit their site to purchase this and other volumes.
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