FKIN (A)rt Friday

Get into the gorgeous, gloriously erotic Man Art of renowned fashion illustrator and artist, Richard Vyse

Man Imagines by Richard Vyse

Thanks to a recent post on Advocate.com, you're being turned on to the art of Richard Vyse. A former fashion illustrator, he dedicates his time to painting beatiful, vibrant and sensous males nudes.

by Richard Vyse

by Richard Vyse

Wet Dream by Richard Vyse

Wet Dream by Richard Vyse

Richard's Man Art has been presented in numerous art publications, including, in order of most recent, Congruence Journal of Literary and Art, Noisy Rain Magazine, Angry Old Man Magazine, Jack the Lad, Advocate, Mascular. (All are interesting, welcome divergences from mainstream gay media, so we've include links in the names of all.)

by Richard Vyse

Man Hunk by Richard Vyse

Man Mood by Richard Vyse

Man Mood by Richard Vyse

So, herewith, our first, though brief, Q&A with an artist for our FKIN (A)rt Friday series on Erotic Intent. Meet Richard Vyse and his lush, louche and lovely art, much of which is available purchase. More on that at the end of the post.

Richard Vyse

Richard Vyse

1 What led you to the School of Visual arts and then to fashion illustration? Where you drawing since a child? Wowing your high school art teachers?

Before studying at School of Visual Arts I illustrated fashion ads for a chain of department stores in Wisconsin H.G Prange. I always drew women in fashions as a child but knew I needed  more training to illustrate for New York department stores.    

Fashion illustration by Richard Vyse

Fashion illustration by Richard Vyse

2 What was your first big gig in fashion, and what was that like? 

My first ads were for Macy’s, appearing full-page in the New York Times. I also created fashion art for Vogue promotions, Mademoiselle trend reports, and many fashion designers, including ads for Versace. 

by Richard Vyse

by Richard Vyse

3 Of your commercial art, where you always making sensual male nudes or nearly nude works? Or as this something that was more private, perhaps until later in your career?  

After many years drawing the fashion figure I now totally focus on the male nude. I attended many open studios drawing the nude figure. I enjoy the freedom of  creating art with no deadline or specifics. Male Art expresses my gay sensibility that is more emotional experience for me.   

by Richard Vyse

by Richard Vyse

4 Where does your mind go for inspiration, to visualize, create the men we see in your work? And what determines, inspires your color palette for a particular illustration? 

Working from photos as reference but cropping and interpreting to make it my own. I choose black and white, monotone or colors depending on the look and mood I want. 

by Richard Vyse

by Richard Vyse

5 You say these men exist in fantasy only, and you rarely do portraits, but I can imagine many men—single or couples—would love to be painted by you. Or is paining for a client take all the fun out of it?And do you still do commercial work? 

I do not do commercial art now, but do collaborate with guys who can do great selfies that I can interpret for a portrait. I have to be inspired by a look not necessarily traditionally handsome. I prefer to have the freedom of creating an idealized guy that only exists in my mind and art.  

by Richard Vyse

by Richard Vyse

Lad Scape by Richard Vyse

Lad Scape by Richard Vyse

See more Richard Vyse art on his Man Art website and on his Instagram page. Many of Richard Vyse's works are avaialble for purchase, such as his Man Strokes series, which can be seen on his website. All are acrylic on 14"x17"paper. Price upon request. Intersted? Messenger Richard his Facebook page.

Richard's art is also available on a series of cards and scarves. Buy them on Redbubble.

There will be a showing of Richard Vyse's art at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City from February 3-5, 2019. A bit of a ways off, but if you're in NYC or plan to be, put it in your calendar. Subscribe to the museum's mailing list or follow them on social media for a reminder. www.leslielohman.org

And do check out the gay/queer art magazines mentioned above, if you're suffering from mainstream mallaise.

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