The legendary French artist Henry Matisse once said that creativity takes courage, and this rings especially true in the realm of art that addresses the experience of minorities and groups who have traditionally lived on the edge of society.
During Rainbow Talk on Wednesday, 3 October, we’ll be looking at the young Brazilian illustrator Demoontier’s work, which heavily draws inspiration from queer culture.
But while we’re on the subject of queer art, check out these other five LGBTQ+ artists on Instagram. Some of their work is provocative, while other pieces simply portray daily life, but all these artists play an important part in providing a glimpse of life as an outsider, even in a time where LGBTQ+ representation is at an all-time high.
1. Kate Just
From her website: Kate Just is an established artist who works with sculpture, installation, neon, textiles and photography to produce contemporary art works that promote feminist representations of the body and experience. Specific to Just’s practice is the use of knitting as engaging sculptural medium and an unwitting political tool. In addition to her highly crafted solo artworks, Just often works socially and collaboratively within the community to create large scale, public projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women.
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I just finished my knitted homage to Sarah Lucas’ work Fighting Fire With Fire, 1996 for the upcoming show Killing Time curated by Louise Klerks at @chapterhouselane also featuring Colleen Ahern, Kirsty Budge, Dan Moynihan, Oscar Perry, and Toby Pola. 5 July-31 August 2018 Killing Time is a group exhibition which explores the ‘dirty habit’ of smoking, and questions the contradiction of celebrating the cultural value of this increasingly socially unacceptable act. Sarah Lucas – smoking and SMOKING. #feministfan #sarahlucas #fightingfirewithfire
2. Mar Pascual
From their website: Mar Pascual is a Filipinx, non-binary, queer, traumatized, fat, femme interdisciplinary art maker living in California. They received their BA in Art from California State University, Northridge. Their work explores themes that center decolonization, gender non-conformity and fluidity, intimacy, living with mental illness, and trauma. They work in several mediums, but collage and zine-making (writing and illustration) are their current practices.
3. Duane Cramer
From his website: “When I think about my work I think about how my actions can make the world a better place and impact people in a positive way.”
4. Juno Birch
From her website: “Growing up as a boy was difficult because I always felt like a girl. My way of escaping was to draw all day, I’d draw pictures of women with big breasts, high heels and long hair. The femininity I lacked I drew out on paper. To this day I still do, my drawing is like my drag.”
From his website: Los Angeles native and New York based visual artist, Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists, including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, among others, Wiley, engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic and the sublime in his representation of urban, black and brown men found throughout the world.