Featured ARTIST: Kent Lau
MEDIUM OF CHOICE: Metallic Graphite
KENT LAU’s styles is undeniably his own. The stylized and flowing line work focuses on the beauty of the male form, as well as capturing a bit of the model’s personality.
And this focus on the beauty of the male form is the main focus of Kent's upcoming solo show: Male Beauty/Masculine Beauty: Reclaiming the Word, Beautiful which opens this Friday, April 12th at the Leslie Lohman Prince Street Project space and runs through the weekend. He describes it as a journey through the last 6 years of my career as an artist in the New York gay male art scene.
He chose pieces for the show that, in his words "evoke the personalities, and energy of my models and muses, and the mood of some of my drawing sessions." And there will be almost 200 gracing the gallery’s walls!
Kent feels queer art is a wonderful communicator, "connecting genders, races, languages, ages, and abilities" and he hopes his artwork is part of the dialogue about the male nude in contemporary art. “Every male nude art show broaches the subject of its validity, and value.”
With so much preparation going into this show, we are so excited to see it! There will be nearly 1000 for sale (including all the pieces featured below) and a portion of all the proceeds will go to 4 NYC non-profits: Anti-Violence Project, Crime Victims Treatment Center, David Lynch Foundation and the Leslie-Lohan Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art!
Opening is Friday April 12th form 6-8pm and continues Saturday April 13th-Sunday April 14th from 12-6pm at 127b Prince Street.
(and if you aren’t in NYC, you can always message him on instagram (@kentLau_Illustrator) to purchase a print or one of his originals!)
Here is a little taste of what you can expect to see at the show: