ART FOR SALE
The following artists are currently on display at Eagle Leathers. Below each artist statement is a small selection of the art currently on display. If you have an interest in a particular piece or would like to learn more about the artist or the other pieces available for sale, please contact Eagle Leathers at 410-200-9858 or Greg@TheBaltimoreEagle.com.
TWO FISTED PATTY LUPONE
Immortalizing the Male Figure in Art
All of the art featured in this show of 15 artists is for sale in the Eagle Leathers Gallery. Below are just a few examples of the many pieces in the show.
Alan W. Cave
As an artist, I work hard to develop paintings that speak to both me and to others about the beauty of the male figure. Part of my process begins with a study of how light and shadow enhance and compliment the subject. I do not merely want to capture the image with paint, ink and pencils; rather with careful, measured, colorful strokes I want to give that figure life once more.
I try with every finished work to breathe life into a still figure so that its designs, ideas, innovations and lifestyle are displayed on my canvas. The challenge, as with any recreated moment, is not to caricature the moment and instead capture it in all its glory. My artwork speaks not only for me, but for the subject and culture.
My primary mediums are watercolor, gouache, drafting ink on paper overlaid with conte pencil to give a feeling of realism through texture depth.
Artists Justin Osborne and Frank Vit
Presented by WLK Omnimedia
A collection of ten prints spanning three years of work. Blue collar black leather features the artists themselves in many of the pieces. Exploring various fetish themes, some are simply playful while others were shot to evoke a specific scene or mood to allow the viewer to use their imagination as to what may be happening just out of view of the lens.
Each 18x24 is printed on Fuji archival paper with a lustre finish. Hand signed and numbered by the artist on the back of the print. $150 each.
More of their work can be seen at wlko.com
Douglas Johnson is an artist who has called Baltimore his home since 1987, when he began enrollment at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His paintings have been displayed at the Creative Alliance, Whole Gallery, the Leslie-Lowman Gay Art Foundation in NYC, and many other gallery spaces. American Artist Magazine describes him as “a serious, well-informed artist…who has developed a provocative approach to watercolor painting, one that relies on shockingly vibrant colors, flowing strokes of transparent paint, and subjects that are at once familiar yet disturbing.” He is proud to display his erotic work at the Baltimore Eagle, in a time when the Gay community, sexual positivity, and even the classical nude in art, need to be supported and celebrated.
Throughout an individual’s life there is a constant evolution to one’s sexual identity. Some individuals prefer having these experiences more exotic than others, but are still just as valuable. Paying homage to these glimpses and passages stimulate not only curiosity, but seduce the mind and body. Using the study of shapes and line, the work explores intimate areas of the male form. Focusing on the play of line quality, allows one to admire spaces and crevices usually ignored. The subject matter is both erotic and sensual to keep one racing back and forth between ideas as well as emotions. By examining these moments others find a better understanding of the beauty and sentiment attached to each experience.
West Point, medical school, living abroad in Belgium, testing HIV+, owning a small chateau in France and running a bed and breakfast, a short period incarcerated, embarking on a new life as an artist. These are but a few of the experiences that have shaped my life. Abstract oils are but the most recent chapter in a life well-lived though art and creativity have always been an integral part of who I am. For about as long I practiced medicine I pursued photography as a hobby. Putting paint to canvas was akin to riding the front of a roller coaster and not holding on to the safety bar. But I’ve always enjoyed living life to the fullest and taking bold risks. From childhood I was drawn toward oil painting through multiple senses. From the smell of linseed oil when my mother would paint I was pulled toward her canvas. Once I took up painting myself, the feel and consistence of oil paints along with the color and texture of brush or palate strokes released a new way of being creative. There is also an undeniable sensuality of squeezing paint from the tube and mixing colors on the palate. The creative process is completely unlike photography. Instead of starting with a subject I want to capture I am faced with a blank canvas and must make my subject. I started painting as a way to not only express the emotion felt during incarceration but to reclaim myself as a creative individual who still has self-worth and much to contribute to society and life. I have had an extremely rich, varied and colorful life to date which I bring into each work I create. My works are abstract in nature and I try not to influence what the viewer should see. What I may see or intend to express is immaterial to what you experience when looking at any piece of art. But the collections I have put together over the last few years invoke feelings of a profound appreciation for freedom and self-expression. Sensuality, joy, anger, frustration all are conveyed through color, brush strokes and composition. I paint to evoke and express emotions. Frequently there is a dark element to reflect on past difficulties, any past trauma one may have incurred. Mixed throughout are uplifting elements designed to re-affirm one’s dignity and invoke hope and remember joy. I sign my works under the name Zé d’Urso as an homage to my maternal grandmother’s family from Italy. I have the extremely good fortune of being surrounded by supportive friends and family. They have given much strength to me in the past and they still nurture in me the courage to embark on a new chapter in life. As an artist I also hope to inspire other individuals who may have gone through difficult periods in their life and to remind them that all is not lost and life has much to offer. This may be cliché but one only has to go out and create those opportunities.