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Meet erotically-charged minimalist artist Ethan Murley

Thursday 06th, October 2016 / 11:06
By David Cutting
Photo: Ethan Murley

Photo: Ethan Murley

VANCOUVER — In his cozy West End apartment, Ethan Murley sits against a singular pink back drop. This back drop has been used as a focal point for a series of photographs that Murley has shared on his Instagram with huge success, the inspiration of these photos being naked men. His goal was to show the juxtaposition between masculine and feminine and how the two inter-mingle in all forms of life. “My art is all me, it’s a reflection of me that is diluted down so that it can be consumed by a broader audience. I strip it down so that it is relatable to everyone in some way,” says Murley of his art.

As we are catching up, there is a simple line painting against the wall. Murley gestures, “This new project is simple line drawings of erotic figures, they are so simple that you can’t actually tell whether they are male or female, I wanted it to be left to interpretation.” The canvas I am staring at depicts an individual performing analingus on another individual, in minimal presentation the image isn’t as erotically charged as perhaps the image it’s based off is.

Murley grew up in conservative Mormon family, art became his way to express the emotions he was feeling in this setting. Murley shares that he knew who he was growing up, always gravitating to clothing and items that helped him express his inner world, the challenge was his family’s drive to censor that at times. “I wasn’t allowed to present as a faggot, but when I left I got to choose how to represent myself and now that translates to my art,” says Murley. Nothing could dim the bright spirit within this kind man.

When we spoke about the future he said he is excited to do more shows, and show more of his work. He wants to begin doing work that can be presented to a broader audience in the world, as a lot of his past work was Vancouver specific. He is referring to a series of pieces that depicts addresses of his past lovers. His future is bright and full of collaborations with artists both local and abroad. Go give him follow to keep up to date.

Follow Ethan Murley on Instagram at @gaptoothb.

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