Untitled (Young Man with Nose Ring)
This sensitive portrait captures all the nuance of the sitting figure's character. The artist expertly renders the skin tones of the young man's face, creating an instant connection for the viewer. Gilbert Lewis is known for his tender paintings of young men. His work is informed by his formative years as a gay artist in an era of queer oppression. This painting offers a beautifully optimistic and sensitive perspective on the male body.
Lewis creates tender and perceptive portraits of young men that are steeped in a fascination with the possibilities of the figure. Lewis identifies as a gay artist, and his paintings are informed by the climate of queer oppression the artist experienced during his formative years. His perspectives on the body offer a beautifully optimistic and sensitive vision to the viewer.