michael breyette Bathed in Love
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Myth Of Sisyphus: The Homoerotic Art Of Michael Breyette

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Michael Breyette is a modern artist producing homoerotic paintings with oil and pastels. Breyette depicts the couples in different atmospheric settings; some create the impression of covers or illustrations for gay pulp fiction, and Breyette is the author of a number of book covers for "romentic" novels indeed. In his paintings, we can find some curious references to classic stories or archetypal characters.

 michael breyette suburbia

Fig. 1. Suburbia (galleryxo.com)

 michael breyette Russian Winter

Fig. 2. Russian Winter (galleryxo.com)

 michael breyette Dark and Stormy

Fig. 3. Dark and Stormy (galleryxo.com)

 michael breyette Muse

Fig. 4. Muse (twitter.com)

 michael breyette masterpieces

Fig. 5. Masterpieces (twitter.com)

 michael breyette Playtime

Fig. 6. Play Time (galleryxo.com)

 michael breyette Showerhead

Fig. 7. Showerhead (twitter.com)

 michael breyette Lathered Up

Fig. 8. Lathered Up (twitter.com)

michael breyette Bathed in Love

Fig. 9. Bathed In Love (twitter.com)

 michael breyette All the Best Parts

Fig. 10. All the Best Parts (breyette.com)

Painting With Fingers

Like many of his colleagues working in the homoerotic field, Michael Breyette wasn't able to fully manifest his artistic and sexual inclinations as a teenager. He grew up in a conservative rural area where it was practically impossible. Nevertheless, his fascination with male physique resulted in drawing muscular heroes in sci-fi settings. As it's stated on his website, the young artist often added "a buxom female character as well" to avoid speculations about his sexuality. Only after relocating to another USA region, Breyette received an opportunity to embrace his nature and even make a career in what he did for joy. The self-taught painter proceeded from oil to pastels during his artistic experience. Curiously, while working with oil, Breyette painted male figures with fingers, which added a sensual dimension not only to the final result but to the process of creation itself. The art of Breyette firstly appeared in InNewsweekly (2004, Vol. 14 Issue 6), an English LGBT newspaper founded in 1991. 2004 was also a year when the first book covers by Breyette appeared. In 2009, the artist won the fine art category in the Erotic Signature global competition. His works were included in nine anthologies of erotic art. Now Breyette is represented by male figurative Gallery XO in Wilton Manors FL.

michael breyette The Gryphon Master

Fig. 11. The Gryphon Master (tumblr.com)

michael breyette Gaylien Invaders

Fig. 12. Gaylien Invaders (twitter.com)

Michael Breyette Choppy The Clown

Fig. 13. Choppy The Clown (tumblr.com)

michael breyette Pumpkin Head - The Legend of Creepy Swallows

Fig. 14. Pumpkin Head - The Legend of Creepy Swallows (breyettecom)

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Sources: breyette.com; galleryxo.com, twitter.com, tumblr.com