Thierry Jochum was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1981. After studying Applied Arts, he stands out from the constraints of design just in order to truly express himself and have fun with his brushes. Inspired by erotics drawings of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, he concentrates on the human body.
His work is articulated around sensuality and male sexuality. The penis is depicted as a gun against the prejudices of the heterosexual norms. Painting and exhibiting his paintings of naked men is for him a second coming-out as a gay man. He enjoys the different reactions of the viewers: “It’s strange to see the viewers’ discomfort when they are facing my paintings, even though sexuality is all around us, in the everyday, on every commercial, in every movie…! “ Even though sexting has become a habit, male nudity still remains rare and singular in contemporary art, so Thierry uses it to strike his audience and start a new dialogue.
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