The newest collection of Geoffrey Chadsey portrait drawings mixes honest and realistic images with fantasy and wishful thinking. Using watercolor pencils on mylar, the artist draws men of very average physique in deglamorized poses, often combined with the ideal images of themselves or of their fantasized partner. The melding of the two visions creates an almost grotesque figure, stuck halfway between the real and the perceived vision. The image of the man sucking his stomach in, for instance, shows his desire to be thin, and his two heads represent the truth and the ideal. All of the men are topless, with some taking on female physical attributes while others almost take on an avian look.
The Geoffrey Chadsey portrait drawings are the latest in his ongoing project that explores male sexuality and desire. The honesty and vulnerability behind the artwork is beautiful and tragic, just like the figures upon which he bases his work.
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