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Vykkurt ™ - Gay Artist - Gay Art - Lesbian Art - Bisexual Art - Queer Art - Fine Art
The Phantom Artist ™
I am an underground artist. Like a superhero in a comic book, I have a secret identity, a trademark name, and a mask concealing my face. You would think, in the 21st century, in one of the most civilized countries in the world, this wouldn't be necessary. But it is. And here is why -
I had been selling landscape and abstract paintings to art collectors over the Internet. My work is priced in the thousands of dollars. I am an established artist. I have had my work reviewed in newspapers and magazines.
Then I started to post gay content artwork for sale on the Internet too. As soon as I did, the sales of my other art stopped completely. When I did a Google search using my name, or a photograph of my face, I realized that art collectors were seeing my paintings, and also my gay art.
I have a lot of friends who are artists. Several of them who do queer themed art have the same art dealer, who owns a high-end art gallery in the trendy art district downtown.
So I went to this gallery and talked to the dealer about representing me. I suppose I am just famous enough in this country’s art scene that he recognized both my name and face. He was very enthusiastic about my gay artwork, but not at all interested in the landscape or abstract paintings. I said to him, “That’s alright because I’m very successful selling these to art collectors over the Internet.” And he said to me, “Oh no! If you sell work over the Internet I won’t represent you. I can’t have my gallery associated with artists who sell over the Internet. My customers wouldn’t like it. No gallery in town would show an artist who sells on the Internet.”
I am obviously not going stop posting on the Internet paintings priced in the thousands of dollars, just so this dealer will show my gay art in his gallery. And I am not going to stop creating gay art just because conservative art collectors who buy my landscape and abstract paintings don’t want to be associated with an artist who creates “gay” art.
The gay artwork I create is more important to me than the non-gay artwork. The people who buy my gay artwork are far more important to me than the collectors of the other work.
So be it. I am a phantom artist. Unable to show my face or reveal my name. I sign my gay artwork with the name Vykkurt™.