Blur Queer Lines

This was my first show, held at Estudio Mahi Toi, Barcelona, from 16 June to 3 July 2022. I showed a number of oils from recent years (2020–2022), along with a series of mixed media works. All works available can be seen here and are available for purchase exclusively from Estudio Mahi Toi. Art prints available.

  • An oil on canvas of two Muay Thai wrestlers locked in combat on a yellow ground, 46 x 38 cm, 2021
  • "Clinch (Vermilion)", an oil on canvas painting of two Laamb wrestlers locked in combat, on a vermilion ground, 60 x 60 cm, 2022
  • Oil painting of two figures with dark complexion, dressed in shorts and waist sashes, locked in combat, scrum-like in a lateral composition. Their faces are not visible. In the background, sunlit city towers (gilded in gold leaf) behind a high wall with blue sky.
  • Oil painting of a young naked man, golden complexion, lying on a leather couch, seen from an extreme angle near his foot. The yellows and reds of his musculature contrast with the couch’s dark tones.
  • Oil painting of a naked, bearded Latin man, 40s, lying on a leather couch, eyes closed, sunlit from the right.
  • "Torso (Blue/Indigo)", an artwork in mixed media on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2022
  • An artwork of a naked male figure face-down on a bed, sleeping. Mixed media on 50% cotton paper, 40 x 30 cm, 2018
  • Artwork entitled “Sunflower”, charcoal and inks on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2022
  • Artwork entitled “Torso (Towel)”, charcoal and inks on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2022
  • Artwork entitled “Torso (Red Ground)”, charcoal and ink on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2022
  • Artwork “Devotion”, charcoal and inks on paper, 30 x 40 cm, 2022

Our opening on 16 June was packed and we received excellent feedback. While being my first, the show was a potpourri of work I have created over the last four years. It was a huge learning experience to see the work up there on the wall, brilliantly lit by Estudio Mahi Toi’s founder and creative director Paul Lee-Maynard, and to gauge people’s reaction to it.

As a result of this experience I have a clear idea of where I am going in my next body of work, which is already underway. I will be continuing to work with colour, which feels fundamental to me, while taking my figurative work deeper into the realm of abstract expressionism. I am keen to continue developing both oils and mixed media, responding to my constant need to be exploring two paths at once, allowing one venture to marinate as I develop the other, and then vice versa.

The show attracted the attention of both LGBT and the arts press. Here you can see our post by Contemporary Hum, a website that is dedicated to promoting the Aotearoa New Zealand diaspora of artists working worldwide.

And here is where we appeared in the Madrid LGBTI+ publication Shangay, in a post covering all the queer arts events in Pride month 2022 throughout Spain. We also appeared in the official Pride BCN programme.

  • Charcoal and ink works from 2022 hung in the gallery space
  • Two of the paintings from the 2020 After Sex series, dramatically lit to great effect
  • Two 2022 works in Charcoal and mixed inks, resulting from the life drawing sessions at Estudio Mahi Toi: "Torso (Blue/Indigo)" and "Torso (Magenta/Indigo)"
  • Creative director Paul Lee-Maynard and I discuss the work
  • A range of works in inks and mixed media from 2018 to 2022, including the diptych "Lift (Magenta/Indigo)" to the left

Unfortunately, on the opening we were all too busy being fabulous to remember to take photos, so these images are from the end of the event, but they give you an idea.