BDSM and art have always walked hand in hand and with this in mind Madame Caramel created the Erotic Art Collective. The aim of this unique collective is to provide an exclusive, creative space for international artists who work within the erotic, BDSM and fetish realms. Events will include: book launches, art and photography exhibitions, performance, workshops and more.
On the 14th June the Erotic Art Collective is proud to present a Paul Oughton at the 100 Years Gallery in Hoxton. The theme of the night is Love and Rope. The venue has a bar and there will be nibbles available.
The event will take place from 7:30pm and is free entry
Paul Oughton is a self taught artist. He started to paint three years ago as a hobby in his spare time and just enjoyed splashing paint around a canvas to see what became of it. It was fun and people who saw what he was doing offered encouragement through playful banter. Paul gradually became more immersed in his new hobby and began to research known artists from the Old Masters to the Impressionists in a bid to learn about the fundamentals of painting. Practice began to yield results and Paul began to look at everything through a different set of eyes, watching for differences in colour, light and form in everything he saw. Copying some of the Impressionist’s works gave him valuable lessons from which to improve early efforts into simple pictures that people wanted to buy.
In 2013 Paul had lots of small pictures lying around and he realised he needed to get rid of them to make room for more worthy efforts so he took a Sunday market stall near Newcastle Upon Tyne close to his home and was soon selling pictures on a regular basis. Encouraged by sales and favourable comments Paul became more serious about his painting but time was limited by having to hold down a full time job. However, his work continued to sell from repeat customers and through local galleries throughout the North East. A series of acrylic paintings of Venice sold well and Paul’s reputation began to grow.
In January 2014 it was suggested to Paul that he may wish to paint a totally new genre of pictures, that of erotic art. The subject of Fetish and BDSM was mentioned and research began into what Paul describes as “More interesting than painting water lilies and canals ! ” The result is a beautiful series of paintings showing the female Dominatrix at play and Shibari as an art form. Paul now works on a part time basis so that he can devote more time to painting and, eventually, become a full time professional artist. None of the paintings are explicit in their content but do stir the imagination of the viewer engaging them in their own narrative.
Madame Caramel will be co-hosting this event with Miss Deviant . Paul will be offering the chance not only to buy his paintings on the night but also an opportunity to commission a custom piece. He will be offering discounts to those who are able to pay a deposit on the night.
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