glbtq: an encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & queer culture
home
arts
literature
social sciences
special features
discussion
about glbtq
   search

 
   Encyclopedia
   Discussion
 
 
   member name
  
   password
  
 
   
   Forgot Your Password?  
   
Not a Member Yet?  
   
JOIN TODAY. IT'S FREE!

 
 
 

 

Special Features Index  

 
slides Bill Travis: Icons of Desire  
 
spacer
   
 slide 2 of 8  
 
Untitled (12" x 16", 2005)

Untitled (12" x 16", 2005)


How did you come to adopt the icon, a form traditionally associated with Byzantine Christian Art?

As an art historian and medievalist, I have long been familiar with Byzantine art, but my own use of the icon emerged from my interest in alternative ways of making images. I had photographed paintings and sculptures for my art history classes, but wanted to transition to more expressive work. At first I tried transferring photographs onto stone, which gave them a monumental quality, but as backgrounds, gilt boards gave me a way to create a radiance where the gold shines through the images.

That radiance creates an abstraction, a dreamy quality, and a kind of fantasy that produces a sense of timelessness.

spacer
   
 

© 2009 Bill Travis and glbtq, Inc.

 

More on Bill Travis

www.billtravisphoto.com

Here you will find numerous galleries of the artist's work, a brief biography, and contact information for Bill Travis
.

 
 
Related Encyclopedia Entries

American Art: Gay Male, Post-Stonewall
After Stonewall, American gay male art underwent a radical transformation as artists came out and began to treat gay themes openly and directly.

Botticelli, Sandro
Renowned for his linear finesse and richly colored, meticulous paintings, Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli produced profound religious works, astute portraits, and poetic adaptations of classical mythology, all of which encourage a suggestively queer response.

Caravaggio
The most original painter of early seventeenth-century Europe, Caravaggio imbues his art with homoeroticism.

Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art, which designates new currents in art since 1970, is identified with postmodernism; during this period an art addressing gay and lesbian identity emerged.

Leonardo da Vinci
One of the greatest painters in the history of art and an outstanding empirical scientist, Leonardo was haunted by his illegitimacy and rumors of homosexuality.

List, Herbert
German photographer Herbert List is best known for his images of young men and boys, which combine eroticism with an avant garde sensibility.

Lynes, George Platt
American photographer George Platt Lynes made his fame as a fashion and portrait photographer, but his greatest work may have been his dance images and male nudes.

Michelangelo Buonarroti
The most famous artist who ever lived, Michelangelo left an enormous legacy in sculpture, painting, drawing, architecture, and poetry; while the artist's sexual behavior cannot be documented, the homoerotic character of his drawings, letters, and poetry is unmistakable.

Photography: Gay Male, Pre-Stonewall
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.

Photography: Gay Male, Post-Stonewall
Post-Stonewall gay male photography merits recognition for its contribution to fine art, documentation, photo-journalism, and advertising, as well as erotica.

Subjects of the Visual Arts: Nude Males
Throughout much of history, the nude male figure was virtually the only subject that could be used to articulate homoerotic desire in publicly displayed works of art, as well as those works of art intended for private "consumption."

 

 

 
 

www.glbtq.com is produced by glbtq, Inc.,
1130 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL   60607 glbtq™ and its logo are trademarks of glbtq, Inc.
This site and its contents Copyright © 2002-2007, glbtq, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Your use of this site indicates that you accept its Terms of Service.