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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

DISPATCH SPRING 2002

FEATURED ARTIST: PLAYER

erotic art news“England’s Glory”, watercolor on paper, 12" x 9", 2000, $900.00*

Player was born in England in 1965. He started drawing erotica as a teenager: pencil sketches of identical twins touching each other’s shoulders was as much as he could imagine at the time.  He would fold them small and hide them in the back of his transistor radio. 

He left art college in London with a first class degree and has been painting consistently ever since.

His earlier work was very blunt erotica, men engaged in sexual activity rendered in pencil.  But eventually his interest in the psychology of relationships, in mortality and morality, began to seep into his images.erotic art news

“Flying Circus”, 1998, watercolor on paper, 12" x 10", $1,300.00*

“To look at a lot of gay art one would think that we were purely animal, that gay men were mere sex machines and think no further than the body we are using at the time. Obviously, we are more than this. Fears, aggression, sensitivity, and intelligence are more interesting to me than the bodies that house them. That is what I try to paint...  My work acts as a sort of diary, depicting the feelings and events of my emotional and intellectual life at that time. I am of the belief that we are less unique than we suspect and think that the personal images I produce strike a chord in many, perhaps depicting their feelings in a way they have not experienced before. I am very fond of symbolism and like to create layers of meaning in my work. Some symbols are universal, others come from my own mythology...”

erotic art news“Blindness”, 1998, watercolor on paper, 5" x 5", $300.00*

Over the years, several themes have remained strong: those of death, and life beyond death; Christian symbols, especially angels and demons, exploring the nature of innocence and corruption; dwarves as emblems of carnality and naivety; skinheads who tend to represent the masculine, bestial, and aggressive elements of the male in his work. He takes inspiration from literature, music and film as well as “the human condition” in general.

“I work from imagination exclusively and do not use photography as reference which also sets my paintings aside from the realism found in much erotic art. I want people to approach my work as pretty watercolors, that way they come to them innocently and by the time they have read the picture it’s too late to turn away. The subject matter is anything but innocent, however, and I enjoy that conflict between content and style.  I also like there to be a sense of narrative in my paintings, a feeling that this is a moment in a continuing story.”

* Works on this page are available through the Foundation - please contact Volker Morlock at volker@artnet.net or (310) 229-5251

Player works mostly in watercolor, though he does paint in oil for commission.  He now lives in the US.
1989: One man exhibition in the London Lesbian and Gay Centre.  
1992
: First Prize - Abbey Gallery open Competition; Second Prize - Broekman open Competition.  
1993
: First Prize - Broekman open Competition.  
1998
: Exhibitions at Adonis Art Gallery, London.  
1999
: Gallery Ho-EnSeven, Arkel, Holland; Villa Lila, Nijmegen Holland.  
2000
: Mr.B, Amsterdam, Holland.

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