German Painter, Christian Schoeler debuted his show, ‘Si le Grain ne Meurt’ on September 16, 2009 in Paris. It will be his first Parisian exhibition, and his representation of realistic semi-nudes is much anticipated.
At the Left Bank Gallery Galerie Hélène Lamarque, Schoeler presents work that embodies his perspectives on masculinity. He chooses to focus on the 1920s—a time where the artist believes that his subjects are in the formative years of adulthood and dealing with the trials and tribulations that come along with coming into one’s own.
His work plays on childhood insecurities and draws influence from fashion photography and famed artists such as Eugène Delacroix and John Sargent Singer. Through watercolours and oil paintings he rediscovers the male portraiture and explores the relation between his own insecurities and the ever-changing views on gender.
In his work Schoeler places semi-nude young males in natural environments to attract natural light on his subject.
“These paintings are much more autobiographical than porno. These are not about my desire towards the boys, but talk about a nostalgic journey, it is about growing up, not about sex.” Schoeler tells dazeddigital.com
Schoeler prefers to paint male subjects because he can relate to their inner turmoil, and he believes that women are less taboo, having been a more physically explored subject historically. However, Schoeler has just begun to open his creativity to women, by choosing androgynous subjects to work with.