the road to here

Kevin Booth (aka Domitorus) is a visual artist and writer.

He pens contemporary and LGBT-themed fiction, often about Barcelona and its history, such as his first novel, Celia’s Room (2011). He has also written about the city’s art and architecture in the BCN Free Art guides (2016). Writing as K. Eastkott he created the “Jewel Fish Chronicles” (20132015), an environmentally focussed ocean fantasy exploring non-Eurocentric worlds.

After studying a BA (Hons) Literature at the Open University (UK, 2005), he undertook a postgraduate BA (Hons) Comparative Literature at Auckland University (2008), both awarded First Class Honours. He combines writing with work as a translator, editor and copywriter.

After years of being obsessed with visual art, he studied oil painting at Escola Massana, Barcelona (2018), and never looked back. While he continues to write, visual art is now his primary focus, in a practice encompassing oils, inks and drawing. Exploring what it is to be male, gay and sexual, the artistic persona, Domitorus, allows him to tackle more explicit erotic and fetish themes.

Born into an artistic family in Aotearoa New Zealand, he has lived in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Madrid and London, though since 1988, Barcelona is the city he calls home.

Artist statement

The two main strands of my working exploration are oils and coloured inks, using other media as needed. The rich pigments of oils allow me to capture the colour and joy of male sexuality, like a celebration held in bright sunlight. Light is important in my work.

With inks, I let the colours mix while wet, in an anarchic clash of unknown and unexplored terrain, the way two men come together in an anonymous sexual encounter. Guarded about voicing emotion, their feelings still flow beneath the skin, glimpsed as fleeting translucence before the liquid pigments become encrusted on the paper.

Group shows

Iván Reclining, reproduction of 30 x 60 cm oil on canvas, in ‘Pride Edition’ Virtual Show, CU46 Gallery, Barcelona, July 2020.

Access Denied, oil on canvas, 16 x 27 cm, in CLAW21 Art Show, Los Angeles, November 2021.

Chris Bound, coloured inks and water-soluble pencil on paper, 30 x 40 cm, in CLAW21 Art Show, Los Angeles, November 2021.