Original Homoerotic Portrait of a Bear with an Open Flannel Shirt Showing Off His Hairy Belly, oil on canvas panel, 11x14" by Kenney Mencher

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This original handmade oil painting is a portrait of a bear. Bear is a gay slang term. It describes a hairier and/or heavy-set gay or bisexual man. A bear typically projects an image of rugged masculinity.

This was painted using the alla prima method. Without a preparatory layer of dead color; without underpainting. Also occasionally as noun: this method of painting. Wet-on-wet, or alla prima, direct painting or au premier coup, is a painting technique in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.

The paint is applied in thick impastos. Impasto is a technique used in painting, where paint is laid on an area of the surface thickly, usually thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible. Paint can also be mixed right on the canvas. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.

I try to make really well crafted work about the human figure and the human condition. I focus on the kind of beauty for both men and women that is "non-standard." I'm most interested in representing people who don't get represented by mainstream artists. I particularly like painting bears, cubs, and other wildlife.

I am not a risqué or sexy kind of guy, however, at times some of my work has been called that. This is only a small part of what my paintings are about. The majority of my work deals with the visual translation of familiar ideas.

My images are about points of view, my own and the person who is looking at my work. These images are designed to provoke discussion about the politics of how we see the world. Many images are based on the visual, literary, and spoken clichés that we are inculcated with through movies, television, and print media. These paintings indirectly reference how the media forces us to see the world but even though the media seeks to find a homogenous point of view, we all see things differently. My paintings are ink blot tests and they beg the question, what’s your point of view?

Learn more about me on my website.
www.kennEy-mencher.com

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