Anthony Cudahy
Glowing Touch

oil on canvas, signed verso

14 × 11 in (35.56 × 27.94 cm)

Anthony Cudahy’s appropriations and alterations of queer photography position him as observer, participant, and, of course, creator within that canon. Advancing ideas of portraiture as an inherently expressive and associative endeavor, Cudahy’s figures seem to bristle with inner moments of pent-up emotion, delivered here in abstract brushstrokes. Hatched lines and sliding scales of color ensure that his transformative actions from photograph to painting are both loudly felt and resoundingly understood in contexts of queer imagery and portraiture more broadly.