Elegant and bizarre : the art of Ceytaire

His art could be labeled explicit, sexually charged and sometimes even harsh. But his style is so elegant, and his paintings are such a feast for the eye, things never get really dirty. In his resend work there are many lesbian scenes and there’s some amazing fetish imagery. Time for an update, new work and an interview, from one of my favorite erotic artists, Jean Pierre Ceytaire.

How would you personally describe the nature of your art?
First it’s figurative. After that I really don’t know where to place it, its expressionistic, has some manieristic and symbolical aspects, but above all it’s erotic.

What artist, art periods, are an inspiration for your own work? And in what way?
I really appreciate the painters of the Middle Ages, the power they display in illustrations and religious miniatures is amazing. Other artists that inspire me are Egon Schiele, Lucas Cranach with his “Canon of Beauty” and someone like Francis Bacon and his surprise of the theatrical representation.

What is your biggest artistic frustration? Or what’s your main struggle in the creation proses?
Every time I finish a piece, and I’m satisfied with the result, I feel like I’m the most important painter in the world. When I look at the painting the next day, I only see mistakes, unfinished parts and errors. Then the process of fixing things begins, I guess it has to be this way.

Is it easy to find places to display your work? Or is erotic or sexual themed art still somewhat taboo in your country?
Many galleries don’t like to show purely erotic art. In my last show, with mainly non-erotic pieces, there was only one sexual themed painting, which was sold immediately. Yes theres still a taboo on erotic art in my country (France), but it’s changing for the better.

Can you provide a link to a website you often visit?
I often visit this site, the Art of love, and several amateur blogs with images and video clips. I use Focale 31 to find my models.

Artist website


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