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Meet Mel Odom, the artist who's gorgeous, homoerotic art defined an era

All illustrations by Mel Odom. http://www.mel-odom.com/

If you're old enough to remember the gay erotic magazine Blueboy, you are certainly familiar with the gorgeous, godlike illustrations of Mel Odom. Sensuous, streamline, at once untouchable, yet moltenly erotic, his art was everywhere in the mid 1970s. From Blueboy to book covers to beautiful greeting cards at hip gay shops (now tragically gone) across the country.

Mel Odom at Daniel Clooney Fine Art

Well, if you happen to live in the New York City area, treat yourself to an exhibtion of his work running January 10 - February 13 at the Daniel Clooney Fine Art gallery in Chelsea. The exhibition opens on January 10 with a conversation with one of the greatest writers in American literature, Edmund White, for whose book, "Nocturnes," Odom illustrated a cover in 1987.

Nocturnes
Nocturnes

To get to know Odom better, check out three excellent interviews with Mel Odom, the first by The Advocate, the second by the LGBT Conde Naste website, Into and third from Another Magazine. If you google, you'll find many more.

Below are seveal works by Mel Odom with comments by Odom from his website, but to see more, please visit his webiste at http://www.mel-odom.com/

My Uncle Oswald

My Uncle Oswald

1979

8-1/2"x11-1/4"

"This was my first drawing published in Playboy magazine, done for a Roald Dahl short story.  Thanks to the amazing working relationship I had with AD Kerig Pope we worked together till 1997."

Charleston
Charleston

1985

6"x7-1/2"

"Created as the cover of 'Why We Never Danced the Charleston', by Harlan Greene."

Close Shave
Close Shave

1979

8-1/2"x11-1/8"

"Created for an editorial for BlueBoy magazine 'Close Shave' 1979"

Colmar
Colmar

1982

10-1/4"x15-1/4"

"This was commissioned by a Japan-based sportswear company named Colmar.  It was to be used for a 6' poster.
It never happened."

 

Beasts
Beasts

1989

4-1/2"x5-1/2"

"This is one of four cover illustrations I did for the books of Sterling Watson.  This was for the novel titled 'The Calling'."

 

Merab's Beauty
Merab's Beauty

1990

"The title of the collection of short stories was "Merab's Beauty" which referred to a farmer's cow.  I thought this image of a beautiful man would sell more books and still encompass the theme of the short stories."

Heart Attack Heart Attack

1986

5-7/8x6-1/4"

"This drawing was done for "Postgraduate Medicine" magazine to illustrate an article about men having sex after a heart attack.  It was the cover and used inside.  (really!)"

by Mel Odom

The title of this Mel Odom illustration is missing on the internet image, but it's so arresting, it had to be included.

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