I am an artist specializing in vibrant paintings of the male figure. I am particularly interested in dancers. I use acrylic paint on paper and canvas and am based in New York City.
I try to capture the 'power' and 'grace' of men, both in their bodies as well as their faces. My figures are abstracted to emphasize the line and essence of the men before me. I use a colorful palette and choose the colors based on the energy and mood I get from my models. I use reds, greens, blues etc rather than realistic 'flesh' tones.
Shungaboy was born in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. He has been drawing and painting all his life. His art is informed by his prior career as an architect. He maintains a studio practice and attends various figure drawing groups in NYC and Washington DC. His artwork is in the collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art as well as many private collections.
Leslie-Lehman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Dirty Little Drawings (NYC)
Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair
Casa Frela Gallery (NYC)
Atlantic Gallery (NYC)
Seattle Erotic Art Festival
Vitruvian Gallery (DC)
ABOUT THE NAME SHUNGABOY:
Shunga was the erotic art genre in 17th-19th century Japan. Literally, 'Spring Art' with the word 'shun' (Spring) connoting sex and 'ga' being art, shunga depicted explicit sexual scenes between men and women as well as men and men. It was a popular, broadly appreciated art form until censorship drove it underground. Being of Japanese ancestry, he thought it was a playful, albeit a bit presumptuous, name to use.