Nuria Riaza's blue ballpoint drawings are meticulous, in every sense of the word. Not only are they exquisitely rendered with detailed, fine linework, but each piece displays the artist's very careful deliberation and composition (her grids of collected knick-knacks are a neat freak's dream). Riaza graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia.

As a long time admirer or the darkly romantic, classic work of Chris Cleen, I had the pleasure of meeting, interviewing and getting work done by him on a recent trip to San Francisco. As a New York based tattoo artist, Cleen spends his days at Saved tattoo in Brooklyn, and at his drawing table, creating his erotic themed Victorian imagery for enthusiasts of his craft and those looking to get tattooed by himself.

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Maggie West is a photographer working out of New York, Los Angeles, and London. She has produced fashion, beauty, lifestyle, sport and portrait photography and has been showcased in Vice and on Hunger TV. Her work varies fom more traditional styles of photography to subliminal hallucinatory shots incorporating collaging techniques and vibrant pops of color.

Kaethe Butcher is a 23 year old German artist who illustrates provocative figures that are often accompanied with sassy text bits. She’s heavily influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, as well as Art Nouveau, which gives her seductive drawings a touch of romance.

Over the course of our existence, we encounter things that hit us with an immediate, undeniable appeal. The iconic, the rare, the classic - those who’s very nature presents qualities that are neither temporal or trending, but that seem eternal. The aesthetic aura Kylea Borges portrays in her visual output has resonated strongly with me ever since my initial introduction to it, with near nostalgic reverberations. The compositions she assembles are filled with patterns, intricacies and familiar imagery that seem ethereal. While her medium often changes, her voice, and more specifically her being, echoes a traditional reemergence that is perfectly blended with the times.

Argentine artist, San Poggio's sur­re­al­ist works and real­is­tic ren­der­ings leave lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion with the bizarre scenery, happenings and situations that are laid out in the intricate settings. There are behead­ings and strug­gles, collections and a little bit of obsessive compulsion in Poggio's masterful illustrations and paintings.

Keinyo White is an incredibly talented watercolor artist. In this series, light and shadow dance across the female form. His attention to detail and most notably lighting brings his subjects life. Keinyo displays his knowledge of what it takes to be a technical artist: “I don’t think the majority of artists working today have the technical capacity for portraiture. A lot of factors come in to play: you have to be a good draftsman; you have to have a good sense of proportion, of light and darks. You have to be capable of establishing a good composition before you begin, and most importantly you have to have an excellent sense of color. And above all you have to bring some aspect of your subject to life in your painting. If you miss that it’s not necessarily a good portrait, it’s just a good drawing.”

Using only a pencil, ruler and protractor, Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates these beautiful renderings of the three dimensional space butterflies occupy and the mathematical spirals of sea shells.

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Two artists have brought to life of some of the most beloved locales in the magical worlds of fantasy fiction. The exquisite pieces—created in Photoshop by artists Peter and Radu behind the Etsy shop The Green Dragon Inn—offer escapes to King’s Landing, Diagon Alley, Rivendell, and other imaginary places from the Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series. Because what book and art lover wouldn’t want to deck out their walls with gorgeous renderings of their favorite fictional jaunts?

Born in 1965, artist Ikenaga Yasunari's serene and soothing portraits of modern women evoke a dreamy nostalgia through their faded golden hues and elegant floating poses. Using a Menso brush, mineral pigments, and soot ink on linen cloth, Yasunari continues the ancient tradition of Nihonga painting while simultaneously bringing modern elements to play, such as present-day clothing styles and floral textile designs. The result is both beautiful and melancholy, capturing the timelessness of the Nihonga style as well as its dimming presence through the years.

Artist Keith P. Rein manipulates the viewers expectations of sex and nudity. Some of his compositions could be pornographic. Women with mouths full, faces glazed in bliss. But instead of the expected — in their face is a hotdog. An ice cream cone. His beautiful ladies bold, colored with the patina of summer cheer. What you find in Rein’s work are delightful fables of summer barbecues and candy treats. Sex is implied, of course — the hardcore sort. But there is a playfulness to it all, a healthy dose of whimsy and humor that keeps the viewer smiling.

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Franz von Bayros, born in 1866, was a commercial artist, illustrator and painter from Austria. He was best known for his controversial Tales at the Dressing Table portfolio, a virtuosic yet wildly provocative collection of erotic images that still strike us as bizarre and even unnatural despite having been created a century ago. He is one of the first artists who could be described as using fetish themes in his art, essentially becoming the first “fetish artist.” Take a closer look at any of these beautifully-rendered drawings and you’ll see that Von Bayros’ ideas are a little off the beaten path—bondage, zoophilia, the usual.
Curated by Lauren YS

“Klimt was exceptionally animal-like. His body exuded a peculiar odor. As a woman, one was really afraid of him.” This is a quote from Hilde Roth, one of the models that was prone to hanging about Gustav Klimt's studio in packs. The artist we all know best for gorgeous, gilded paintings like “The Kiss" was also very frank in his eroticism—he painted his models nude first, and then painted on clothes and surrounded them with the spiralling golden atmospheres we ailgn him with know. Apparently Klimt was also known for wearing a long robe with no undergarments. Nice. Klimt’s erotic oeuvre ranges from figure drawings to wildly imaginative fantasms, from the mythical nymphs frolicking in goldfish ponds to tangles of sketched, nude lovers to the pretty maidens threatened by forest animals. Vienna’s most well-known artist didn’t get that title just by being a great draftsmen— these paintings exude a kind of sexiness that is particular only to this golden age of erotic expression in Vienna.
Curated by Lauren YS
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Kolomon Moser was born in Vienna and studied at the Wiener Akademie and the Kunstgewerbeschule, where he also taught as a professor later in his life. While Moser designed architecture, furniture, jewelry and graphics, his paintings and drawings are most well known for their lines and repetitive motifs of classical design. If you walk around Vienna for long enough, you’ll notice that Moser’s aesthetic has permeated through many channels, a mixture of classical Greek and Roman art smoothed out by the flowing spirals of the art nouveau aesthetic. His erotic drawings are much less focused on design, however, and instead display a virtuosic approach toward shape, color and pose. Moser’s figures are strong and forthcoming, expressing a young, athletic sexuality in tune with nature and looking toward the future.

Curated by Lauren YS