The Japanese say we have three faces. Our first face is the one we show the world. Our friends and family see our second face. It is our third face – the one we hide – that is the truest reflection of our personal truth. I believe this is true.
Using my erotic art, I hope to show you a glimpse of my truth – a peek into my third face.
Connection empowers my art and my life as an artist. I express myself through the essence of sensuality, confidence, sexuality, and light that shines through the human spirit. Erotica is one way to share these expressions that reflect my truth.
My contemporary realism works using oil on canvas evoke love, affection, bonding, flaunting, embracing, cuddling, hugging, petting, stroking, fondling, kink, and fetish! The medium for erotic art is limitless and provides a pathway for endless exploration of these facets of our being.
Inspired by some of the greats
I am greatly inspired by Lucian Freud, one of the most notable modern painters in our history. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian brought a lot of humanity to his nudes. He had the ability to paint the inner essence of a person while simultaneously allowing that core essence to influence the exterior façade, or face, much like we present in real life.
Exploring inner essence in a multitude of ways
It’s interesting to me that both Lucian and Sigmund explored inner sides of humanity with such diversity. Eric Fischl, on the other hand, a prolific and productive narrative artist (now in his 60's) uses a more direct approach. Fischl portrays illustrative and commercial sides of his works to reveal the essence of human experience. He achieves this by rendering images of several people in a composition that seem to interrelate and engage rather than just using one subject, as shown in works by Lucian. Fischl does tell many lively and diverse stories through the array of people depicted in his works. When I look at his paintings, I am moved by the touching he displays mixed with the mediocracy, mundane, and banal side of sexuality. It's interesting to note that artists are information gatherers, and there seems to be a palpable tension among artists seeking the same thing: Truth, love, and connection.
To portray the differences between the objective and subjective side of our nature is an ongoing and passionate quest, I believe, for artists and people in general. Who doesn't want to find the courage to reveal hidden individual essence? Who doesn't want to live in authentic personal truth with a mastery of self-acceptance and unconditional love? This sounds like nirvana to me. This sounds like bliss. We all need to express ourselves. Expression through sexuality and the freedom of release provided through the act of sex itself connects us to our essence -- our truth.
Expressing truth through art
Art, especially erotic art, is a great way to share human expression through paintings, sculptures, photography, films, or even a singer simply sharing dirty sexual verse delivered through a raspy voice.
It seems in the Fine Art world, many artists influenced by the Masters of figurative and erotic art, want to illustrate, tell a story, share an allegory, or portray a rather weird or "something is wrong" side of the subject(s). This sometimes darker message can be realistic or loosely abstract, which is all good and interesting, but I would rather share the best of what can be experienced through love and connection. For example, I recently painted a contemporary realism portrayal of myself cradling a woman on my lap. The experience was sensual and honest. I’ve been asked by a number couples who want to see themselves in a painting depicting the energy of vulnerability, devotion, and play through sex. I recently enjoyed seeing one couple engage together in rough play for such a painting. I believe this beautiful couple could be twin flames, as their connection seemed to hold a divine spark that lit up the room. Their sexual rough play was absolutely fun to see and such turn on.
The beauty of observation
Viewers may get something out of observing interplay with devoted couples. I learned more about vulnerability and letting go by watching various confident couples connect through touch and sensuality. These raw moments reveal the third face of people willing to let their guards down. I have had the pleasure of painting and witnessing several couples bearing their sexual energy for my works. I am currently working on these renderings and other meaningful commissions. It is my hope to continue to capture the human spirit through my paintings. I feel blessed and grateful to enjoy a life of continuous exploration and evolution as a soul, a being, and an artist.
Christopher B Mooney
REALLY I want to inspire you about the intricacies of the art world, its forms, and people. And I want to share the fascinating -- and somewhat mysterious -- aspects of my journey as an artist.