Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso both said “All art is erotic.” The drive to create and the sexual impulse is remarkably similar; it is defined by passion. I think eroticism and sexuality are two different things, though they frequently overlap. Erotic art needn't always be sexually explicit; a line can be sensual and color can be passionate, for example. Sexuality, however, while frequently erotic, can also veer off into crude pornography, or scientific, medical investigation.
Eroticism can have a real spiritual depth. There is nothing more erotic, to me, than gazing into the eyes of a lover, peering into the depths of their soul. But this kind of erotic expression, this kind of love, is almost impossible to render in figurative art. In my art I reserve this kind of eroticism, this kind of sensuality, for abstract expression, or for more formal qualities (such as line and color).
What follows are some of my drawings depicting or suggesting sexuality, which may or may not be erotic, depending your taste. It should be noted that I sometimes find expressions of sexuality to be ridiculous and funny, and this attitude is often reflected in my work which has a penchant toward the “inappropriate.” I do not find much of anything sexual to be inappropriate. There is nothing wrong with sexuality; it is what makes us adults and human beings. We should celebrate our sexuality, rather than be ashamed of it. My erotic/sexual art is, of course, a celebration of sexuality, but also a criticism of puritanical tendencies in our society, and at times, a criticism of sexual exploitation and its vulgar, overuse in advertisement.
"Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?" Pietro Aretino