One of the most amazing things about Portland is our love of art and all things creative. In our non-monogamous lifestyle we combine our love of art, along with our love of sex and we have several venues that host erotic art galleries. The following is a listing of those places, information about their galleries, and when and how you can view them. We will also talk a bit about the artists who are featured there when the information is available.
Gallery Privata is well known for all things stylish and posh, but their Art Gallery is one of the featured aspects of the establishment. On Thursday, April 4th, Gallery Privata will be celebrating an opening of the artistry of the following artist.
Hal’s interest in photography began at age 16. The discovery of Playboy was certainly a factor, but his father’s invitation to Aspen Colorado to photograph the trees changing color in the fall is where it all began. About 10 years later, Hal’s first attempt at full time photography centered around sports photography. That enterprise ended when Hal moved from Texas to Washington. For the next 15 years, Hal would make his living as a truck driver doing local deliveries. He hated the work, but it was a living and, well… we do what we have to do. In late 2008, Hal’s company was involved in a strike. Hal didn’t want to walk the picket line, so it was time to give photography another go. This time a fashion show gig fell into his lap and to Hal’s surprise he actually enjoyed the work. Fashion became Hal’s mainstay focus. Lighting and composition were strong points of his work and Hal was tapped as the “Top Dead Center” photographer for Portland’s most prestigious fashion show for 5 years in a row.
A fellow photographer, seeing Hal’s study of light, introduced Hal to the work of Helmut Newton. Hal was mesmerized! Inspired by Helmut’s work, Hal began a study of sophisticated nude studies, fashion nudes, and erotic work with a sophisticated art look. Almost, exclusively shot in black and white, these images tell a story of the human condition and the many ways we express ourselves, from the clothes we wear to how we hold our lover.
About the show…
I was looking for models for bodyscapes, and happened upon the Sanctuary group. Lots of cool people, who were all very happy to model for an art project! It turned out to be the perfect group. Real people being themselves allows me to capture the human element of sex the way it really is. The bodies are not model perfect, they are much closer to representative of the actual population. Of us… all of us reading this right now. People like US have sex, and do sexy things. This is what that looks like. It’s so cool to see something that represents me, and very likely you, in what is a most basic human activity.
I liken it to food. We all eat, we are driven to eat. But we don’t like the same type of food. Some like it bland, some like it spicy. Some like to eat alone and others in groups. Sex is like that. Yet people have a hard time talking about sex. I don’t get it.
This project is about showing the power of the nude form, about normalizing sex by showing it in an artful way by non-models, and how fun this type of life can be when we embrace it.
Club Privata will be hosting a Public art opening, with no door fee and no membership requirement, from 6-8pm on Thursday, April 4th. Come view the art, talk with the artists, and sample some of the tasty beverages from local breweries, wineries and distillers.
824 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR
Thurs – 8pm-2am
Fri and Sat – 9pm-4am
The Sanctuary Club is a an upscale and elegant event space and nightclub. Sanctuary provides a gathering space for a large and diverse sex-positive community. Sanctuary welcomes all gender identities and relationship configurations, LGBTQ+, poly, swing, kink, POC, and all curious, like-minded, happy people. Their venue is ADA accessible.
Sanctuary offers a full bar, lounge seating, dance floor, open play areas, dungeon furniture, ample sanitary supplies, and a fun, convivial atmosphere.
Anna Duvall, is an artist who has called downtown PDX her home for almost 15 years. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1982, she ended up growing up in Maui, Hawaii, where she quickly learned to navigate island life, which proved challenging due to the prevalent, “You flew here I grew here” attitude. In order to try and fit in and impress her peers she began drawing, (especially in a graffiti style that was popular at the time) a hobby which she had done ever since she could remember.
In public high school she was lucky enough to come under the tutelage of art teacher Ms. Jan Sato, (still in contact) who not only taught her how to paint, but also built up her confidence after Duvall was hospitalized for an eating disorder. Ms. Sato not only encouraged her to enter any and every art contest, but also to run track and get a waitressing job, all of which she still does to this day.
After graduating high school and running out of funds in one second flat at a San Francisco art school, she moved to Eugene, Oregon based on a friend’s recommendation — “It’s the cheaper version of Cali” — and attended the U of O. After landing a job at Dairy Queen and an El Salvadoran restaurant, Anna realized she didn’t need a degree to make a living and her interest in school quickly waned. After falling in with a group of skateboarders, she won an art contest for Thrasher Magazine and it reignited her passion for art. She eventually graduated from U of O with a degree in multimedia design (a graduation which she didn’t attend since she was busy working) and saved up money to move to “the city” in 2005, where her goal was to paint Portland’s uniquely beautiful women.
After the owner of Momo’s discovered her sketching at his bar, he offered her a show in 2006. The show still hangs in Momo’s to this day and the venue serves as a live portfolio for Duvall, which has yielded her countless opportunities.
When she’s not busy cocktail waitressing at a downtown bar, running or drinking tequila with her posse, she can still be found doing exactly what she set out to do: capturing the spirit/ likeness of the beautiful creatures that inhabit the city she loves and is proud to call home.
Duvall is entitling her new show at Sanctuary “Clickbait” due to a recent obsession with capturing the social-media-saturated Zeitgeist that is her and her peers’ current reality. Her new series of portraits are sourced from IG picturess of her friends and public figures who appear comfortable and aware of their power and sexuality, yet have to live in a world where it’s hard not to base their self esteem on something arbitrary, like how many “likes” their latest selfie got.
Duvall often jokes that if the Mona Lisa were painted today, she’d be staring up into her IPhone with lips pouted and her cleavage looking just right.
Duvall uses acrylic paint, spray paint, nail polish, fake diamonds, and heavy varnish on found wood or canvas.
paintings by anna duvall
First Thursday Opening is on
Thursday, April 4th at 7pm;
No membership or door fee required before 9pm
The Sanctuary Club
33 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Above Splash Ultra Lounge — enter on 9th
Scandals PDX is a Portland gay bar that is often compared to Cheers — a great fun lounge to meet your friends, have drinks, enjoy local art, and sit on the patio. Scandals has been in business for over 35 years and continues to provide a great place for our regulars and welcomes newcomers with open arms. Enjoy some quality time with live entertainment, tasty drinks, and a friendly vibe.
Benj Curtis is a fine artist and illustrator, specializing in expressionistic, colorful pieces of art. The art he creates can range in style, subject matter, or medium. The thread that continues to run through his work, is a bold expression of color and line within each piece he creates. He has worked the last 7 years creating custom work for individuals. He believes that every space should have a story, and artwork is the characters that bring that story to life. If you enjoy his style, reach out, and he can create a custom beauty for your home. “The world is full of beauty… Sometimes you just have to adjust your eyesight.”
About the show…
Connectivity that ties us to nature, each other, and our own being.
First Thursday show opening:
Thursday, April 4th, at 6pm;
1125 SW Harvey Milk St
Portland, Oregon 97205