Konstantin Somov's Voyeuristic Paintings

Erotica // Thursday, April 04, 2013
Russian painter Konstantin Somov has an impressive collection of homoerotic studies of voluptuous Russian men. While his more public works depict portraits, landscapes and illustrations, these works reveal a much more private, personal realm of the painter's life and interests. These paintings are sensitive and sensuous, lending a sense of voyeur to a detailed illustrative style.   

Natalia Vodianova in Black and White

Erotica // Thursday, April 04, 2013
Hedi Slimane captures the natural beauty of Russian model Natalia Vodianova in a black-and-white photoshoot that expresses both the sexiness and vulnerability of youth. Slimane brings out the model's lovely, tentative attitude with poise and delicacy, creating a series that engages the viewer and holds their gaze. These photos refresh the traditional black-and-white photo.  

Marthe Jung's Deviant Experience

Erotica // Thursday, April 04, 2013
Marthe Jung illustrates weird, provocative scenes of colorful debauchery. Her characters all seem from some half-alien world, moving through strange landscapes and interacting with other creature-people. This particular intricate scene depicts a many-layered strip club cut away, revealing all the debauchery occuring in each corner within. Jung's inspired handling of color and shape give the strip-club experience an entirely new illustrative perspective that's hard to look away from for different reasons.   

Rankin Photography

Erotica // Wednesday, April 03, 2013
  Rankin's name is synonymous with compelling portraiture. He made his name in publishing, founding the seminal monthly magazine Dazed & Confused in 1992. Rankin's lens captures, creates and unveils icons, as is evident in these stunning images of Kate Moss, Heidi Klum and more. His images are playful, provocative and inimitably fresh, and they've become part of contemporary iconography as a result. Rankin has shot pretty much everyone that matters.    

Tony Kelly's Bodybuilders

Erotica // Thursday, April 04, 2013
  Tony Kelly is an Irish fashion photographer whose sexed-up, color-blasted photos are iconic in the visual landscape of American Apperal, Vanity Fair and Playboy France. Based in LA, Kelly's work has soaked up the sexy, perfectly-tanned influences of the California landscape, and he refuses to apologize for it. This series is a perfect example of his fleshy zeal--two jacked-up models in skimpy red shorts flex their way across a beach while asian tourists look on. Overtly sexual in nature, his photographs have been described as "irreverent, uncouth and provocative," and on the other hand "spontaneous, talkative and hyper-energetic." James Mullinger, photo editor of GQ Magazine, describes him as a "modern genius" who works "at an incredible pace."

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. 

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