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Interview with kinky artist Spurv

“I want to catch a moment and the viewer to say: ‘that’s about me'”

published on 27 September 2020

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Hello Spurv, what do you want to express when you do kinky art?
I like to think that the Spurv project is like a sexual playground for gay men. At the same time it is about my sexual journey and hopefully other men can also find themselves in the depicted scenes. It’s not only about kinky moments, it’s about everyday moments. Sometimes one can be naughty, sometimes monogamous, sometimes kinky, sometimes sensual, sometimes slutty, sometimes romantic and sometimes even bored… So I want to catch a moment and the viewer to say: ”that’s about me”.

Please describe your own artistic style
I mainly do linocuts. Linocut is a technique of printing based on carving a material (in this case linoleum) with the desired drawing.  Then the ink is applied and the graphic is stamped on the paper. The fact that the drawing is made through carving gives a rough look and emphasizes more the depicted atmosphere. But beside linocuts, I work as well  digitally or with acrylic colors on canvas. 

Which kind of postures and scenes do you like most for drawings?
There are no rules. I am always looking for a moment. The moment that I am searching for can be a group scene or a detail of a hand, two guys kissing or a ginger beard full of cum. Anyway, the human body is beautiful itself.

What means intimacy, privacy und self-expression for you when you’re drawing?
As I previously said, this project is my journey. I draw scenes from my life, people that I met, situations that I participated in. It’s not about porn, it’s about experiences. And if they are sometimes hardcore it is because this is how it happened.

How have you become an illustrator?
I am a former architect so I was always in contact with the artistic environment, I was always interested in arts and their forms of expression. This project started years ago when I came out of the closet and  it’s my story as a confident gay man, willing to discover, explore and enjoy moments.

Are there any role models for you as illustrator?
The list is long and the art is diverse. I tend to be seduced by artists that use an abstract geometric language but not only. In homoerotic art, I like Keith Hering with his strong graphic manifestos and Jean Cocteau that beautifuly manages to stylize the sensuality between two men.I also like Hokney, which follows a different approach with his pool scenes that effortless esentialize the atmosphere. I also like Matisse and Picasso who both use linoprints.

Which plans and aims do you have concerning your art?
I would love that my art will reach as many people as possible. I want people to find themselves in my illustrations, to embrace their fantasies and fetishes to be free and tolerant and love each other.

Spurv, thanks for this interview!

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(Interviewer: Michael)

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