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, June 6th, 2019, Gallery Privata will be celebrating an opening of the artistry of two unique but distinctly different artists.
KWBoundPhoto is a local Shibari Artist, kink community advocate, event organizer, and fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. As a rope enthusiast, his work is deep-rooted in and stylized by Japanese esthetics and Kinbaku. He approaches this as a disciplined practice, a study.
As his photography evolves, there is a clear direction to add more variety other than rope and bondage. He strives for authenticity in his shots, and believes that the best photos are those where the model engages the lens and releases emotion, “It’s about engaging with the viewers”. Most of his photos are fresh out of the camera and chooses to do very little in post.
This collection is part of a series of “Captured Essence” in natural light, all shot in KWBound Studio 2018-2019. The series introduces some classic, tasteful boudoir along with the normal array of bondage and fetish photos, resulting in more variety, a softer esthetic, and a celebration of beauty that is seen in many facets. The models are all local to the Pacific Northwest (mostly Portland and Seattle). Several have done multiple sittings with KWBoundPhoto. If you follow his work you’ll see them crop up again in the near future. This is a low light series as well, so the sharpness of bright studio lighting is not present, but maybe something more genuine with an inviting bedroom appeal.
Hooligan Lili is a web and marketing professional, who creates a variety of art in her free time. Her style is heavily influenced by Echo Chernik and Janet Lee, due to her time creating a steampunk-esque comic in the early 2010s. Her work has been shown at Dirty Little Secrets Art Gallery, Gallery Sesso, Club Privata, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, as well as private clubs and coffee shops in the area. Her comic illustrations have been showcased in multiple San Diego Comic Con souvenir programs.
Lili has also donated work to a number of charity auctions including the Women of Wonder fundraising campaign, Twitter Art Exhibit, the Portland Timbers Community Fund, and Breast Friends. She also volunteers her design and layout talents to the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, creating the festival catalog and program each year. A native to the Pacific Northwest, Lili currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
“Inspiration comes from many different places, different sensations, and different experiences. Sometimes inspiration comes from conversations had over coffee or a camp fire. Sometimes it comes from long drives alone across the state. And yet other times, inspiration comes as a vision that forms in the pulses of light and dark under the eyelids and in the deep rhythmic breath as you float back to earth from an enormous, earth-moving orgasm. It was from those shadows of light and dark and from those rhythms of sensuous breath that came the images of tribal warrior women riding their penis walkers across the plains From there, the penis riders took life of their own, so to speak. From simple line drawings of tribal women to propaganda posters for fantasy, rodeo, and revolution. Come see my latest series of illustrations at Club Privata during the month of June and find what inspires you.” – Hooligan Lili
Club Privata will be hosting a public art opening of these artists’ fine work, with no door fee and no membership requirement, from 6-8pm on Thursday, June 6, 2019. 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.
Christopher B. Mooney is known in the lifestyle and kink community as professional artist in Portland, OR, currently creating figurative and erotic art works. Mr. Mooney received a Bachelor Fine Arts Degree from Parson’s School of Design, NY. Continuing studies in portraiture workshops by Paul Missal at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.
Throughout history we’ve been creating figurative art, Mr. Mooney finds it important to continue that inspiration as a favorite subject. Creating figurative erotic works, the subjects in each of the paintings were posed in natural light or occasionally lit with red and blue flood lights. It creates shapes of color that give the figures a more ambiance and contemporary style. He hopes the viewer to recognize the fascination how this lighting brings out each subject’s emotional undertones, allowing their natures to rise to the surface.
Mr. Mooney likes to meet people in the community to take photographs, sketch, and create paintings, primarily in oil on canvas, to portray their thoughts and feelings, and to create an erotic atmosphere of people in their environments. His work is of the ‘old masters’ style. He always looks forward to meeting any potential models who aren’t shy about art or the artist! “I’ve created erotic works reflecting both kinky and/or fantasy-based poses, classical cuddling scenes, boudoir scenes, raw sex scenes and kissing scenes. Artists have old habits and I need to get out from under mine. I like to create paintings as a tool to explore my sexual nature – areas of my life that need sexuality without the baggage. For me, art is a real exploration of my inner self.”
He has displayed his erotic art work at: Catalyst Art & Cultural Space; Club Privata; Sanctuary; The Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan; PDX Kink Festival; Nude Nite Tampa, Florida; and Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
This coming June’s First Thursday Art Walk in the Pearl District, I’ll be displaying erotic art at PDX Sanctuary Club, on the corner of 9th and Couch. All are welcome to come.
With my goal of offering a, “visual reference,” for explorations of human connection, the mood of my erotic art has been more contemporary and adventuresome. Here is an opportunity to see new works in the nude, play, or in rope. I’ve created figurative erotic works, large scale oil on canvas, that focus on connection, color, out in the daylight, or occasionally the subjects in each of the paintings were posed and lit with red and blue flood lights. It is fascinating how this lighting brings out each subject’s emotional undertones, allowing their natures to rise to the surface.
First Thursday Opening is on
Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 7pm;
No membership or door fee required before 9pm
The Sanctuary Club
33 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Above Splash Bar — enter on 9th
We want to promote ALL erotic art First Thursday shows. If you are a curator for an Erotic Art Gallery and wish to have your Art Show featured in our monthly article, you’re invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.