"Artist, illustrator and sometime photographer,
Michael Kirwan has come a long way from his childhood attending Catholic
school while growing up in New York City's Washington Heights District.
In those days he spent most of his time sketching his own private worlds
on paper bags from the local A&P because he couldn't afford art
supplies. And, when we say he's 'come a long way,' we don't just mean
relocating cross country to Los Angeles with a protracted and influential
detour through Miami's South Beach...
"While Michael would be the first to tell you that
no one gets rich illustrating porn, we're pretty sure that, given his
widely published and highly collectable works, he can now afford his
own art supplies. But, the greatest testament to how far he's come is
that, these days, no one is going to mistake Michael's work as that
of a good Catholic school boy! His sexually explicit homoerotic illustrations
would send the most progressive Mother Superior running for her rosary
and probably a steel ruler for the artist!
"We, however, do not share the good sister's concerns. Instead,
we would side with Michael's own description of what he called his "randy
little creations" in 2006 metroG interview. In the interview, the
artist points out that it's not his place to judge and takes great pride
that the characters in his work are never debased, defamed or derided
for being different. Instead, they are depicted as 'horny, happy and
human.' We couldn't agree more!"
— The Rooster Fish
"I’m having a 2 month exhibition of four drawings
at my favorite bar in Venice. I thought it would be nice/cool/interesting
to invite the most fascinating people in California to meet me there
on Wednesday night. I’m gonna get to the bar around 8:30 PM
and stay for a couple of hours (longer if folks buy me drinks! Hahaha!!!)
and I’d like you to join me there to see the artwork, me, each
other, and the owner/bartender Gary Mick (outrageously HOT and a nice
"Gary would especially like to talk to artists about
booking space for next year. So come if you can. Thanks!"
— Michael Kirwan