April 2019

I make abstract figurative paintings of nude male figures in domestic scenes. The forms are simplified and curvaceous. The spaces are compressed and carefully composed. They depict queer intimacy, moments of loneliness, passion or indifference. I’ve found these feelings to be recursive and shared throughout contemporary queer life and I’m interested in how the figure can be used to express them. I am making this work as a way of being open about my own experience as a gay man, and reconciling my feelings with casual intimacy and queer love.

-Justin Liam O’Brien