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two male mountain gorillas

Gwenn Seemel
Don’t ask, don’t tell (Moutain gorilla)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

With the gorilla in the foreground, I was looking for a particular expression, one that I see a lot in my portraits of humans—like with this portrait. To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

The opposite is also true. Boys don’t always partner with girls.

Since heterosexual mating among gorillas usually takes place between one male and the multiple females who associate with him, it is not uncommon for there to be sexually mature male gorillas without mates. These males tend to gather in bachelor groups where they may engage in homosexual exchanges.