It seems like there's a whole new generation of gay artists arriving on the scene of late, possessing top quality technical skills and highly individual techniques. That exciting trend is exemplified by the remarkable pictures of 'Pickedapeck'
You are immediately struck by the calm pastel colours and the
uncomplicated designs (designs somehow seems
a more appropriate word than compositions). The men he draws are very
modern fellows with swept hair and well trimmed beards, often wearing
glasses in nice, positive portrayals. Examples of domestic imagery like this convey
a sense of uncomplicated, youthful living and loving (see also my last picture for
|Good Morning Sunshine|
|Pickedapeck - Welcome to the Club Sir|
The erotic styling (what unexpected words this artist is making me use!) is centred around plain white underwear and socks rather than total nudity. As a fan of white shorts since adolescence I totally endorse this approach, few artists make them count as much as this one. However, the spotlight in this picture above and the hint of restraint tells you there's more to his work than that
|Pickedapeck - Try To Relax|
|Pickedapeck - Breathless|
Chunky earphones are another modern iconic ingredient in Pickedapeck's imagery but is this man undergoing serious sensory deprivation and brainwashing or just listening to music?
|Pickedapeck - Laterz Dude|
|Pickedapeck - Non Verbal Communication|
|Pickedapeck - Go With The Flow|
|Pickedapeck - In Space No-one Can Hear You Come|
|Pickedapeck - The Volunteer Is Ready|
|Pickedapeck - Gymspiration|
|Pickeapeck - Labrat-57|
This is a relatively recent (2017) image that revisits the 'Lab Rat' theme and develops the artist's thoughts on it. The title here points to a whole succession of men undergoing this experiment, which accounts for the sophistication of the equipment. The vacuum pump 'cum' milker is shown connected to a sizable collection vessel suggesting repeated extractions are required (and possible!). The breathing control tubes are augmented too, with a bellows attached to the smaller of the two airways. This dual tube arrangement also featured in 'Breathless' above so we can imagine that this arrangement is not simply monitoring the patient who appears to have slipped into unconsciousness.
All sorts of sinister possibilities come into view which are not dispelled by the gloomy lighting. Suddenly those neat white shorts seem to have assumed a similar status to medical operating gowns, providing minimal cover while the professionals deal with the subject's body at will.
|Portrait Of The Artist At Work|
Regardless of the real or imagined fetish content of these pictures, I can't help but be struck by the visual integrity of Pickapeck's very distinctive style. Regular readers will know I normally look for sensuality as a key ingredient in erotica. His highly stylised men don't have the gleaming mounds that usually characterise this. His style understates their (not unimpressive) physiques and makes them seem more like real people. Their sexiness is conveyed to us via a different route of carefully chosen clothing, accessories and hair which are also more suggestive of their personalities than muscles are. The actual sexual content is restrained and quite respectable by modern standards. I'll be fascinated to see how his technique and content develops in the futures and whether he reveals more clues to the secret desires that seem to bubble wickedly under the surface.
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