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painting of a walrus

Gwenn Seemel
I am the gayman (Walrus)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

There are a couple of close-in compositions in this series besides this image of walruses: the wolves and the elephants. In all three of these cases, the entire composition shows only the species being depicted and nothing else, and that’s something I talk a bit more about in this vlog about the making of I am the gayman. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Some boys just prefer boys to girls…

By ten years old, male walruses are sexually mature, but it is not until a few years later that they mate with females. Juvenile males, sexually mature males between the ages of ten and fifteen, and older males all participate in affectionate and sexual behaviors with each other throughout the year.