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Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Kurt vor dem Spiegel, 2014, 70 x 100 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum) Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Kurt vor dem Spiegel, 2014, 70 x 100 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)

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Sexy silhouettes in Schöneberg

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One of the highlights of a recent visit to Berlin was a visit to Schwules Museum in Schöneberg where we caught the exhibition of the work of Stefan Thiel.

The exhibition — 100 Berlin Based Men — showcases a series created by Thiel where he has used paper cut-outs to create sexed-up portraits in silhouette.

For this series — created between 2011–2015 — Thiel used a photograph as his base, and then cut his silhouettes from black paper.

The results are stunning.

Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Denny-selfie, 2012, 100 x 70 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)
Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Fred + Chris + Ant Chair, 2013, 80 x 60 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)
Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Marduk mit Zigarre und Gürtel, 2013, 70 x 50 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)
Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Matthias mit römischer Skulptur, 2012, 80 x 60 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)
Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Oliver, 2011, 40 x 30 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)
Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Xavier, 2014, 40 x 30 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)
Stefan Thiel — 100 BERLIN BASED MEN Rein Ant Chair, 2014, 80 x 60 cm, paper cut-out (image courtesy of Schwules Museum)

The exhibition of Stefan Thiel: 100 Berlin Based Men is showing at Schwules Museum until 25 June 2018

Schwules Museum, Berlin. Photo: Gareth Johnson

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The erotic art of Felix d’Eon

Stunning artwork that fuels our fantasies.

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I caught up with Felix d’Eon to talk art, inspiration, and erotica.

When did you discover and start to explore your passion for art and illustration?

I have no idea! I decided to be an artist as a child – there was never a time when I didn’t want to be an artist, so it’s hard to remember how it started.

However, I didn’t decide to be a fine artist or illustrator until High School – before that I wanted to be a bird scientist and travel the world painting birds like John James Audubon. But, somewhere around the age of 13 or so, I discovered the old masters, and decided I wanted to paint like Ingres, or Rubens – which is a goal that I’m still working towards!

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Who are some of your art heroes or inspirations?

There are so many! I think, if I will call them a hero, they would be artists who were genuinely good people, as well as being amazing artists.

For example, Bonnard, the post-impressionist, who tenderly cared for his ailing wife who had a skin condition, and for this reason has many paintings of her in the bathtub – the only place she was not in pain – beautifully and lovingly painted. Of course, he was a great painter, whose use of colour is unparalleled.

I can love Bonnard without qualifiers, unlike, say, Gauguin or Picasso – both of whom were amazing artists but rather unpleasant as people.

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What’s the process that you generally follow?

I usually have the idea, and invite the model to the studio for a photo-shoot. I print out the photo and use it as the base. The model is often nude, so I invent the clothing and such using historical sources. I make a drawing in pencil, redraw it in ink, and colour it in marker.

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How can people get their hands on your work?

I only accept commissions every now and then – I would usually rather not. However, you can find my work in my etsy store, or on my website.

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What do you hope that people feel when looking at your art?

I hope they will feel beautiful, loved, seen, and represented. I hope they will feel that love is universal, and that beauty encompasses a wide variety of bodies and ethnicities.

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What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?

To make more beautiful paintings!

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