I discovered the work of Scott Ramsay Kyle in my constant quest for new talent, and started to follow him online. Scott uses a combination of collage and embroidery to creates his unique artworks — somehow adding an element of luxury and high art to cropped imagery that he’s culled from his collection of vintage porn. It’s exactly this juxtaposition that attracted me to his work.
Scott studied at The Glasgow School of Art, and then completed his MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martin’s in London — majoring in fashion and textile design. He enjoyed decorating the body with the garments he designed, and with a fascination of working with his hands he began to explore the art of embroidery. As his passion for embroidery progressed, Scott began creating his collages of vintage porn.
“I’m a man who embroiders…” declares Scott, using thread to create artwork by sewing over iconography borrowed from gay pornography. Scott dresses torsos, penises, and muscles of all kinds in quasi-abstract relief flirting with the romantic. “The flowers become masks, the colours are reminiscent of travesty — this is an orgy of the textile body, celebrating the figure of the man-spectacle.”
Scott admits that the act of embroidering can sometimes get pretty boring, after working at it for hours. But, as each piece comes together, all the stitch marks begin to look like painted brushstrokes applied over the images that he’s assembled underneath.
“These repeated actions of stitching, in and out and up and down, piercing thru the surface while looking at the the sexy models is very similar to wanking…” explains Scott. “Plus, the end result is nearly the same. I’m overcome with a great sense of euphoria and zen with every completed artwork.”
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I love art, and everywhere I look, there is loads of talent. One day I came across Nik and his amazing drawings of hot sexy men. I was blown away by the level of detail and talent Nik puts into each drawing he does. I reached out to Nik for an interview and was honored that he accepted.
Nik, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m an early thirties guy from a small town in New Mexico. I grew up in a really conservative Christian family and because of this, I was pretty sheltered from things that our church found transgressive like homosexuality. I find it a little ironic that despite this upbringing, I’ve grown up to become a gay, atheist, artist that draws dicks and hairy bums as a hobby. I went to college to study biology and have worked in laboratories in both academia and industry. I now live in the Midwest with my handsome fiancé where I am finishing up the last year of my doctorate in Genetics.
When did you start drawing and when did you start drawing men?
I’ve been drawing and making art for as long as I can remember. My grandmother is an artist and I spent a lot of my childhood watching her paint and sculpt. She often involved me in her process and would have me knead her clay for the storyteller dolls she made. I’ve always been really close with her and I think that art is a major part of our connection. I was a very quiet and reserved kid, so I spent a lot of my time drawing and reading. My childhood sketches were mostly of dinosaurs and animals — a lot more innocent than what I work on now. The story behind how I started drawing men is a bit unusual. To make a very long story short, in 2012 I had a near-death experience and I am only alive today because a friend of mine was there to save my life. I couldn’t think of a gift grand enough to thank him so instead, I drew a hairy bubble butt on the front of a card and wrote on the inside “thanks for saving my ass”. That hairy booty was the first of what has now become many.
Is it easy to find men to draw? Where do you usually find your subjects?
I primarily use Instagram to find the men that I draw and using that platform, it has been really easy to find muses. I’ve met some wonderful guys on there that have gone on to become the inspiration for my work. People are surprisingly very open to baring it all for a sketch. I live in the middle of nowhere, so I often have to work from reference photos. It’s been really fun to work together with the guys to come up with poses for my sketches. There are also a ton of incredibly talented photographers I’ve met that are kind enough to allow me to work from their photos. I really enjoy the process of taking their images and reinterpreting them in my style. Lately, I’ve been trying to work on doing more art trades with other artists where we each will work on a portrait of the other. It’s been a lot of fun to have the tables turned and get to become the art.
What motivates you?
My motivation to draw men comes from a love of the male form and an appreciation of how beautiful I find body hair. Drawing has also become a major source of stress relief for me, so I’m often motivated to draw to give myself an emotional release. I find the process of drawing body hair to be incredibly relaxing and being creative allows me to use another part of my brain that I don’t get to use in my day job. I’m also motivated by other artists. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the queer art community on Instagram and every day I learn something new from these talented artists. Aside from a few classes I took in high school and college, I’m mostly self-taught so these other artists have become my teachers. They motivate me to try new things, take risks, and keep improving.
What is next on the horizon for Nik?
I hope to turn this hobby into a side business. This year I’m hoping to begin selling prints of my pieces and hopefully have my first art show. I also have some ideas for some pins based on some of my sketches which I’m hoping I can make and begin selling. I also want to start working with more color and incorporating other mediums into my work.
Nik is has been a pleasure.
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