Barry Steely

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Artwork
Before I Put On My Make-up, alkyd oil,19x15
A Dreamboat Dreams of Art, alkyd oil, 17x22
Swimmers II, alkyd oil, 15x11
Etruscan Truffle, alkyd oil, 11x9
No Shy Cowboys, alkyd oil, 6x8
Barry
Steely
Artist's Statement

Every day we are bombarded by ads literally exposing us to the illusory ideals of male beauty and sexuality, geared toward heterosexual men to help them believe they can become gods as opposed to gay males who worship the gods. Male beauty realized as opposed to male beauty idealized. The ads are indeed titillating but promote an unusually unattainable ideal. As a little boy I eagerly, but covertly, sought out men's underwear ads in the Sears Roebuck catalog. Now I can choose such images from an explosion of media to help construct my paintings.  My work is trying to show that each of us must design and shape our own ideas of beauty and masculinity, to embrace and revel in who we are. It is important to share my work with others who may find their life validated through art.

Bio/Resume

Recent: Valdosta State Univ. 2010 Nat'l Juried Exhibition, GA; Washington Square East Galleries Annual Small Works Show, NYC ; NYC Public Library (Countee Cullen Branch) "2nd Job: The Art of Work"; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY: “Free Play”; Seattle Erotic Art Festival, WA; St. Philips Episcopal Church, NYC: “Sanctuary & Undercroft”; GoggleWorks, Reading, PA: “Berks Art Alliance 29th Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition”; The Foundry, London Biennale 2006, England: “draw drawing 2”; ArtAtLarge, NYC: “Going Underground” and “Tiny Fine Art Exhibition”; Tiny Fine Art, Bergdorf Goodman, NYC: “Windows on 57th St.”; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT: “Real pARTy”; and Tom of Finland Foundation, NYC: “Erotic Art Fair Weekend."