EVEN THOUGH WE ARE LIVING IN A ‘MENS WORLD,’ THE IMAGE OF BEAUTY HAS BEEN DOMINATED BY WOMEN FOR A LONG TIME. OBVIOUSLY THIS HAS CHANGED. MEN DO NO LONGER HAVE TO HIDE THEIR PHYSICAL BEAUTY AND HAVE BECOME A SEXUAL AND EROTIC FORCE TO BE RECOGNIZED. NOT ONLY IN ADVERTISEMENT, FASHION AND ART PHOTOGRAPHY. ALSO IN THE ART OF PAINTINGS.
Ted Fusby grew up in an isolated desert mining town in California, but when his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 13 years old, he began to visit art museums with European and Oriental art collections. This started his lifelong fascination with art. He went on to study architecture at the university, but it wasn’t until 16 years later that he began to pursue art studies with increasing frequency and enthusiasm. His first work was with colored pencils, and later watercolors, but he went on to try oil and alkyd painting, learning by trial and error and much observation. In those days he lived in Portland, Oregon, where the Pacific Northwest storms brought 8 months a year of rain and clouds. Looking back, he sees those paintings as reflecting the dark days and dark moods that came with living under all those clouds.
In 1993 he moved with his lover to the desert Southwest city of Tucson, Arizona, where they built a house in the low rolling hills near the city. He resumed painting in alkyds for a while, stopped a few years, then began working in a combination of watercolor and colored pencil, with male nudes as his sole subject matter. Ted considers the male nudes to be his mature work. They also reflect the sunnier mood of his new home city, Tucson.
His main influence and inspiration are European Renaissance paintings, especially the early Renaissance masters, but a secondary influence would be traditional Japanese and Chinese painting. Among the Moderns, Balthus and Odd Nerdrum are probably his favorite painters.
The advent of the Internet made it possible for gay artists who use gay subject matter to find the small group of widely scattered fans to constitute a market for their art. Ted launched his own website a few years ago, and he has been happy to find people who enjoy his work, and some who even buy it.
Ted continues to live with his lover of 16 years in Tucson. A few of his works are featured in the new book of gay erotic artists “Stripped’ by Bruno Gmunder, published in September, 2006. -B-
TED FUSBY | BEAUTIFUL