As an out and proud gay man, my artwork is inherently gay, but more specifically my chosen subject matter illustrates characters that are unafraid to speak their truth in dangerous spaces. In my painting “Partners”, I tried to show the different facets of health I strive towards always, all being rooted in connection. The connection between a man and nature, the connection between a man and his own physical body, the connection between humans sexually, the connection to our fellows through culture and brotherly love, and the courage Sacheen Littlefeather exemplified so beautifully when she spoke on behalf of the connection she shared with her marginalized community.
In my pen works, I have tried to show these same connections and displays of courage, sometimes implied, (Mary’s unconditional love for her son) sometimes in homage to, (the aesthetic perfection of sex workers of the 1970s) sometimes in awe of, (the vulnerability of asking for help through emotional trauma) and sometimes overt, (the desperate plea to address gun violence in America).
Rick Schenk (he/him, Dallas, TX, 9/12/1983) is an artist with concentration in tattoo, pen, and oil painting.