Artwork #103


by Saul Jerome San Juan, Council District 1

Oil, alkyd, and graphite on canvas, 2019

Courtesy of the Artist

I photograph blue-eyed men, then paint the resulting images using only red, yellow, black, and white. Generally, stereotypes have not have had the same negative impact on these men that stereotypes have had on my sense of self as a visible minority in Anglo-America. The way I have them dress and perform for my camera do not suggest moral judgment on them as the complex human beings that they are. Rather, my aesthetic choices confess my own idiosyncratic fantasies: raw lust I attempt to dignify, through sincere effort in my craft as a painter, into loveliness inviting transcendental empathy.