Art Gaysel - The Queerest Art Fair, returns to Gaythering for it's 6th year from Dec 2nd-4th. This year we have featured artists from Italy, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico & the States, with a highlight feature of Ptown Artists from the Provincetown Commons!
Scroll below to meet our Art Gaysel 2021 Artists!
MEET THE ARTISTS
ART GAYSEL RETURNS FOR IT'S 6TH YEAR
DEC 2ND - 4TH
Melissa Wilkinson is a lesbian watercolorist focusing primarily on the body as her subject. She received her BFA in painting from Western Illinois University in 2002. She then went on to receive her MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University in 2006. Her work has been featured in wide reaching publications throughout the country including three editions of New American Paintings. She has shown in various galleries nationally and internationally including South Korea and India and has won numerous awards throughout her career. She has won several fellowships and grants including the Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship in Painting in 2012 and a Middle East Travel Grant in 2016 to perform research throughout Israel. She was named a "Woman to Watch" in 2016 by the Arkansas Arts Council touring her work for 18 months throughout the region. She has attended artist residencies in Boise,ID and Arthouse, Holland. Her work is amongst private collections throughout the country and abroad and she is represented currently at OnCenter Gallery in Provincetown, MA. She served as Associate Professor of Art-Painting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for 11 years. In 2021 she relocated to New York to pursue her work full time. She holds a studio in Warwick, NY and lives with her wife and two dogs.
I appropriate from existing images sourced from disco, private Tumblr accounts, the Hollywood golden era and late 70’s/early 80’s “tomboys” that have informed my identity and personal sense of self. I further queer these images by a creating a type of reassembled painting, one that combines masculine and feminine. I look to reorganize images to play with gender and challenge the tropes of heterosexuality. I paint these images in order to create a coveted object, one that holds hours of considerate and loving application through a painterly meditation. I seek to explore micro-expressions, gender play, and the exploration of my coming of age as a queer person. Influenced heavily by glitch art and data moshing, I create meticulous watercolor and ink wash paintings in order to investigate the line that is straddled by abstraction and representation. I work in water media on paper to create a vulnerable object and a tender presence through my touch.
Pietro Spirito was born in Puglia, Southern Italy in 1981, grew up in Florence and trained artistically in Milan,
where he attended the Accademia di Brera. In 2008 he moved to Berlin, where he began a path of experimentation that resulted in the transition from figuration to abstraction.
He currently lives and works in Berlin and Milan.
In recent works, the artist combines his interest in drawings of the human body, animals and in ceramic sculpture with the visual worlds of the social-media platform Instagram, dating app. Spirito takes motifs he finds that focus on staging and revealing the subject’s own body and address the publication of private images in a playful or provocative way. The fleeting gaze as you navigate the platforms is interrupted from the moment the artist paints. His goal is not to create a new image, but it is an act of redesigning and feeling one’s point of view through images,
exploring desire, voyeurism and the dramatic flood of images.
James creates his surreal gay art photos at home in New York City, New York, as well as on his frequent travels to France, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and many other locales around the globe. Each one of his prints is hand-signed, individually inscribed, and low-number-editioned. He's able to offer them affordably while still keeping each image extremely limited. Since the process is so time intensive, James only releases new prints a dozen or so times each year and each run sells out quickly.
I believe queer art visibility is extremely important, so my work has become essential. By documenting my raw evolution as a gay man and member of the LGBT+ community I’m depicting an authentic and truthful take on what it’s really like to openly explore your sexuality. This includes all the joy of embracing yourself but also the emotional challenges that come with living life differently after so many years of hiding.
The first approach I had with my sexual curiosity was through pornography. Without having any access to same-sex sexual relationships education, I had to use porn as a source of information about physical intimacy. Gay pornography had its big revolution during the 1970’s and I found the content that was created during that decade pivotal to certain aspects of the gay community. So with this body of work I make a reinterpretation of 70’s pornographic photographs and fill them with my staple bright peaches color palette, feeling very inspired by the gay scene in Miami Beach where I am currently living and working.
Paul Rizzo is a painter and sketchbook filler who lives and works in Provincetown Massachusetts. He works with and from 70s gay porn, portraiture, abstraction, houses, and text. His work is also about a nostalgia both for a time he lives in and a time he has not technically lived through. He is obsessed with the past, specifically old Hollywood and the 1970s. A process painter, he loves getting lost in documenting and/or the making of art.
Chick is a graduate of Denison University class of 2009. There he received a BFA in studio art and has since maintained a successful and growing studio practice. His work has been seen in several art journals and Interior Design Magazine. In 2015 he was invited to participate in a group show at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. His work is in private collections around the world.
He works intuitively; easily moving from one medium to another allowing his instinct to guide his choice in color and inform the qualities of his line. His belief in the infinite complexities of the mind and body connection inspires the imagery which is an amalgamation of art theories. The work is figurative in its foundation with an expressionistic approach to application and a surreal vision of the self. The figures see themselves from the point of view that is at once infinitly small and large; the mind and soul exist within and around the body. The viewer is invited, by the bright colors and playful composition, to experience their own concrete experience through his abstract lens.
Chick is represented by Shann Treadwell at Treadwell Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
You can see more work on instagram @chick.the.artist
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