Raised in a family of painters, Kevin Booth rebelled and first began creating in the theatre and literature, so coming to visual art felt like a return home. With a degree and post-grad in Literature and Comparative Literatures, he studied oil painting with Josep Mª Cabané at Escola Massana (2018). His writing explores sexuality, art and the city, such as his novel Celia’s Room. Predominantly figurative, his painting celebrates the male body and colour. Though New Zealand-born, he has lived in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and London, while Barcelona is the city he calls home.
Domitorus is a persona through which the artist explores a variety of themes with greater freedom, often with erotic or sensual undertones. Domitorus may not be safe for work (#NSFW).
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.
(A list with plenty of room to grow)
Iván Reclining, in ‘Pride Edition’, CU46 Gallery, Barcelona, 2020.