Travestite, abstract painting. Painted 2016 to 2017 by British artist, Gheorghe Virtosu, b. 1968. Abstract art, Oil painting, 134 cm high by 132 cm wide. 53 X 52 inches. | transgender art, transgender in art, transgender paintings, transgender painting |
The art depicts one of Virtosu’s critical themes, specifically transgender issues. In the artwork, the painter is agitating for freedom, which has been a key inspiration for many of his paintings. He employs rich color and motion to invoke passion in the art Transvestite. In painting, Virtosu uses an intensive and expressive combination of bright primary colors; yellow, blue, and red shades, with a dull black. One of the noticeable uses of colors is that the main figure’s contact with the background is accentuated with black paint around it. In this case, the artist illustrates how the transgender community is detached or secluded from the rest of the society. Importantly, Virtosu contrasts this feature with the use of bright colors in the figure itself. At the upper part, the painting has what resembles a head, with five brightly colored gem-like shapes. Jewelry represents beauty, which Virtosu applies to demonstrate the goodness and beauty of the transgender community, in spite of the way the rest of the world sees them.
The artwork illustrates minimal movement and a chaotic environment through the use of lines and colors. The Transvestite figure is fixed to a darker upper part, which limits the motion. Some of the lines and assorted shapes depict slight movement, creating a sense of restricted motion. The right side, for instance, shows what seems like an abstract human figure. It has small protrusions from either side, an indicator of minimal movement. Importantly, the brushwork is evident in the background colors, where the painter uses primarily a bright red with hints of blue, black, and yellow. The viewer gets the feeling that the painter is portraying tension in the society, with minimal acceptance of transgender people.