David Gomez Monsalve's Wicked Beauties

Erotica // Wednesday, April 03, 2013
David Gomez Monsalve's photos  are both haunting and sensual. With velvety monochromatic textures, Monsalve captures moments of high drama and dark beauty. His thin, dark-lipped models evoke themes of sorcery and witchcraft, yet he adds themes of marriage and religion into the mix, creating images that are both thought-provoking and lovely. These photos feel as if from a different realm and time, somewhere laced with dark magic and a wicked kind of sexiness.   

Jel-Ena's Dark Dreamscapes

Erotica // Thursday, April 04, 2013
Jel Ena is a Serbian born multi-media artist based in LA. Her darkly erotic visualizations are enchanting, projecting characters with feminine mystique of epic proportions. Jel Ena's illustrations capture complex emotions and the mythology of desire and color. Her ability to capture flesh and light is remarkable, drawing the viewer always further into her dark, sensual dreamscape.  

Ben Hasset's "Dedoublement"

Erotica // Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The talented Ben Hassett shoots the porcelain-skinned Magdalena Frackowiack for the "Dedoublement" editorial in the October 2011 issue of Numero France. This series addresses the theme of doubling, presenting the model multiplied and composited over herself like a visual montage of sorts. Each piece presents a different theme from spiked masks and leather to dark lips and animal furs, generating a dynamic, sex-charged composition of multiples. The beautiful Magdalena seems to take on monumental proportions as her image interacts with itself, sparking chemistry in a strange, sensual crossing of portraits. 

"All Dirty Bastards" by Svetlin Velinov

Erotica // Wednesday, April 03, 2013
An incredibly detailed digital artist whom we've featured in our illustration section, Svetlin Velinov works wonders with a tablet. His illustration "All Dirty Bastards" is a gruesome, unsettling vision of lust embodied. The depth of detail, texture and color in this piece is stunning, lending a strange fine-art veneer to this dynamic illsutration. Take a good look up close at these so-called "Dirty Bastards"-- Velinov is able to depict the lewd and lascivious with such lovely, painterly strokes that it's difficult to decide whether this illustration is more beautiful or creepy. We love the way Velinov is able to walk that line.  

An Homage to "Nude Descending a Staircase"

Erotica // Wednesday, April 03, 2013
In February, a start-studded roster of 31 contemporary artists debuted an homage to Duchamp's iconic painting "Nude Descending a Staircase." This piece by Kathleen Gilje, called "Portrait of Andrej, Male Model, as Nude Descending a Staircase after Gerhard Richter," is one of the pieces generated solely for this event inspired by the master of the Dadaists. The only stipulation for the works was that they could not exceed the 58X35 inch proportions of the original "nude" and that they had to in some way invoke Duchamp. The artists did not seem to find this difficult--Duchamp's influence on contemporary art is ubiquitous. "Everybody I show here already does that in some way," said Naumann, the head of the exhibition. 

The Devil's Dance

Erotica // Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The smoky elegance of black and white film meets pure sexual ferocity in the short erotic film "The Devil's Dance," directed and filmed by photographer Tyler Kandel for Wolf Magazine. Featured model Aleksandra Rastovic oozes animal magnetism, a savage seductress on the prowl for unsuspecting prey. Somehow, falling victim to her wild embrace doesn't seem like such a beastly fate after all.

Watercolors by Joshua Kogan

Erotica // Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Joshua Kogan creates images to remember. Working with Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Marie-Claire and Grazia Kogan finds inspiration from fashion to skateboarding. Creating conceptual portraits Kogan is not intimidated by creating risk with nude photography, adding class and elegance to each shot he creates depth, "Photography is merging with video, graphic design, painting, 3-D rendering and music...   

The Rite of Spring

Erotica // Tuesday, April 02, 2013
In celebration of the arrival of spring, we hope you enjoy this sweet and sensual photo spread for Miss Dior Chérie, shot by Camilla Akrans and featuring model Edita Vilkeviciute. What better way to fete the eternal virtues of flowers and fecundity than with a beautiful naked woman far afield amongst the flourishing spring blooms?

Milan Hrnjazovic's Little Briar Rose

Erotica // Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Using a combination of figurative art and free-flowing abstraction, Serbian painter Milan Hrnjazovic endeavors to visually represent the emotional anxiety of the young adult female's evolving sense of self-image and burgeoning sexual desires. In particular, he turns a modern eye toward the sexual awakening of a Grimm fairy tale heroine, "Little Briar Rose," endowing her with the intelligence and self-awareness to confront and overcome the pains of maturation rather than retreat into a deep, dreamless slumber from which only the virility of a grown man can arouse her. 

Maciek Kobielski's Golden Muse

Erotica // Tuesday, April 02, 2013
In this scintillating series for Italy's Muse Magazine, Polish photographer Maciek Kobielski captures the resplendent allure of model Magdalena Frackowiak, superbly contrasting the pearly sheen of her lacy attire against her bronzed skin and gilded tresses. Frackowiak's confident inner glow consumes the frame of these elegantly simple images, a testament to Kobielski's modest yet compelling artistic and erotic sensibility.

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