Beloved and God #4

2020, 7 in. x 10 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.

Published by eddy

Writer and artist Edward Ficklin (he/him) focuses on illustration and visual storytelling using traditional media. He loves exploring the many facets of queer identity and representation in his stories and images. His comics have been published by Snowyworks/Indie Comix Dispatch and Outlet Comics. His paintings have appeared in the Doable Guys annual anthology and in their first in-person show in NYC in 2021. His comic sci-fi romp Chasing the Flame hits digital outlets and select indie comix stores in early 2022.

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