THIS IS A PRINT NOT AN ORIGINAL
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This print is based on an original work of art, "Hairy Hunk," oil on canvas panel 9x12 inches by Kenney Mencher
This is a cropped portrait of a very muscular dark haired man with a hairy chest and a beard against a blue gray background. He is a kind of ideal type for many gay men. Often men like this are referred to as otters.
Mainly, I paint men because I’m a little better at painting them than women, but there are other more complicated reasons, of course. Probably the biggest is that I don’t feel like I’m exploiting the men I choose to paint. When I painted women, especially young women, I felt like I was exploiting them. I don’t want to be seen as painting from what people refer to as “the male gaze.”
I think I’m fulfilling the needs of an audience and group of people that appreciate the point of view I’m promoting. I also paint non-binary people, black people, and other people of color. I paint for these audiences because they are under-represented as subjects, and I feel like it’s a supportive thing to do, and also can be a politically powerful gesture. I actually think I was pandering more to straight men back when I was painting pin-up style women. I was really uncomfortable doing that, because it felt like I was perpetuating a system that degraded women.
If I really needed a justification for painting LGBTQ+ subjects, I would just point out that I have had some skin in the game. When I was young man, I had multiple same-sex partners, and today I’m still attacked by homophobes for being gay, even though they don’t know anything about me, or the complexities of my experience. On top of that, most of my friends, family, and social acquaintances are part of the LGBTQ+ community. In a way, I guess I’m painting more for those friends and family members than anyone else.
Although the quality of this print is very good please be aware that the quality of the color and tonality can never measure up to an original to an original work of art so please consider this when purchasing this piece.
Prints are not signed by hand.
Since these prints are made to order there are no refunds or exchanges.
This is printed on thick and durable matte paper.
• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 5.6 oz/y² (192 g/m²)
• Giclée printing quality
• Opacity: 94%
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