Please join us in celebration of Michael Kirwan.

 

 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

 

Come Together and Share Stories,

Food, and Drinks in the Gardens of TOM House.

Arrive at 1:00pm

1:00-2:00pm  Socialize

2:00-3:00pm  Telling Stories about Michael

3:00-3:30pm  Together We'll Plant a Tree

3:30pm  Sharing of Some Food & Drink

Please bring a light entrťe, dessert, salad ó something to share.

The Foundation will supply beverages.

 

Also consider bringing some of your personal photos or print outs of Michael's work.

 

TOM House at 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA  90026 (Echo Park)

 

 

 

 

Rant Update

 

May 26, 2018

 

With a sad heart, we are letting you know that

artist Michael Kirwan passed away peacefully

on the morning of Saturday, May 26, 2018,

in Los Angeles, California.

 

Hoist a glass and make a toast

in celebration of the life of a

great and unique man

as well as an amazing artist.

 

 

Michael was born December 27th, 1953.  He lived a life filled with joys, passions, family, friends, and art.  Michael resided in New York, New York; Miami, Florida; and most recently, Los Angeles, California.  Creating his art was his most passionate activity, but he also enjoyed socializing, cooking, intimate encounters, movies, sharing his opinions, and being an astute observer and recorder of life.

 

 

 

While Michaelís artistic talents surfaced early, life had a way of forcing real-world responsibilities on a young Michael. Yes, he was married early in his life and was pleased to have fathered a son.  As Michael was reaching his late twenties, his marriage ended and he began a new, queer life that brought comfort within himself and adventures that would make for raucous stories for decades to come.

 

Michael always had a gift for telling and writing stories, but it was his illustrations and drawings that would give his friends and fans the clearest window into Michaelís thoughts and his heart.  His first published work of art appeared in PlayGuy magazine in 1980, and getting paid to create art was Michaelís sweetest dream come true.  Through the late 1980ís until the mid 2000ís, Michaelís highly detailed and evocative art was published in more than 600 magazines.  There were periods of the 1990ís when Michaelís art appeared in as many as six different magazines per month.  The art was gay, straight, fetish, hardcore, and promotional to illustrate fiction, comics, and real life.  Michael was incredibly prolific and his talent grew and became more and more popular with fans, readers, and art collectors.

 

 

 

Michaelís works of art have appeared in galleries and exhibitions around the world.  After moving to California, he spent a year as the Artist in Residence with the Tom of Finland Foundation.  Michael enjoyed an inspirational relationship with the work and history of Tom and a very supportive relationship with the people of his Foundation who are dedicated to the education and preservation of erotic art for all artists.  These years would provide Michael with the most important friendships and partnerships, and during this time, Michael created the best work of his life.  Through that association, Michael appeared at internationally attended events and exhibitions that brought new admirers to his work and his Grand Persona as an artist.

 

Collectors with great taste and savvy expertise from across the globe have purchased Michaelís original works.  After the adult magazine publishers faltered against the internet, Michael drew for his pleasure, to pay rent, and for fans commissioning unique and always interesting erotic scenes via his website KirwanArts.com.  Michael always felt he was visually documenting every variety and scenario in gay and straight sexual activities.  His inspirations for drawing his characters came from the everyday, regular people he would encounter on the streets, on the bus, throughout parks and markets, in seedy bars, and in dark alleys where names were not exchanged but furtive fun was found.  Michaelís drawings exposed the fevered excitement and erotic beauty in every body and face.  Michael always said he did not draw ďprettyĒ guys because he knew regular guys had better sex.

 

 

 

Selections of Michaelís works have appeared in numerous books, but a highlight for him came in 2011 as a broad retrospective of his paintings was published in a monograph book titled Just So Horny.  The obvious theme tying the works together was Michaelís obsessive attention to details, patterns, and backgrounds.  The characters he drew were front and center, but Michael gave them life in a rich and colorful environment he painted on paper as he created the elaborate backstories in his head.  Much of Michaelís work was created with fine-point watercolor brushes, making thin lines and blending an abundance of colors and layers, to make fantasies filled with his humor and wry sense of style leaping from the page.  Michael rarely drew in front of anyone because he preferred solitude as he worked hunched over an art pad straining and crossing his eyes as he would create minute details and repeating patterns as fabrics and tile works setting a stage for his horny creations.

 

Michael wanted everyone to buy erotic art

(most especially his, of course)

and hang it where it should be seen by all.

 

 

There will be

 

A Celebration of the Life of Michael Kirwan

 

on Saturday, June 30, 2018,

at the Tom of Finland Foundation

in Los Angeles, California. 

More details will be posted soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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