Beloved and God #4

2020, 7 in. x 10 in.
Gouache on paper

Part of 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 gay identity and representation in his stories and images. His comics have been published by Snowyworks/Indie Comix Dispatch, Outlet Comics, and true to his queer indie heart, himself. His paintings have appeared in the Doable Guys annual anthology, Raw Meat Collective's Shower with Affection, vol 2, and and various DIY shows in the NYC area. He lives and works on the unceded Lenape territory now called New York City.

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