The Offering Series

It’s all about anticipation.

You know it’s coming. Doubt and desire are battling it out in your heart, head, and…other parts. You’ve committed to the offer. It’s time.

A series of three paintings of gorgeous beauties about to be…

A passive male figure is not unheard of in Western art, but passive in the form of a willing offering of themselves is not so common. It’s something I wanted to explore more in this work (and two more in the series). While the offering could have taken the form of something more mundane like a religious or political allegory, I wanted to instead go deeper. What if the offering is being made to something inhuman, otherworldly? Well then you have the subversive thrill of a male figure, usually associated with control and power, willingly giving in to, seeking union with larger elemental forces.

There are three paintings in the series, each focused on a different element: water, earth, and metal. Each element evokes a very different environment and, more importantly, a different manifestation of the totality to which our golden beauties are about to merge with. The erotic need not, indeed should not, be limited merely to the human realm.

Offering 1: Water, a tentative resolve

2022, Oil on linen, mounted on panel
20 in. x 16 in.

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Also available as a limited edition print.

painting of golden-hued male beauty, from behind, being menaced by tentacles emerging from the water

Offering 2: Wood, roots of desire

2022, oil on linen, mounted on panel
20 in. x 16 in.

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A golden male beauty leans ecstatically against a withered tree whose roots are coming to life and embracing them

Offering 3: Metal, adamantine embrace

2022, oil on linen, mounted on panel
20 in. x 16 in.

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Also available as a limited edition print.

golden, muscular male surrounded by metal tentacles
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