Oil & fetish
This fine art book presents a collection of Brighton based oil painter Guy UsinU’s works, I’d seen some of his work around town so had an idea of the rich gilded realist images UsinU paints. A study in oils of fetish adventures and Brighton folk but not always together. UsunU’s gothic indulgences give a Pierre et Gilles feel to the paintings, heavy with metaphor and meaning, but not coy in anyway. This is blatant, proud, sexual, electric but controlled, guided, a tease of oil on canvas. Suffused with humour this is self-aware art, toying with irony. Each page featuring one full colour image along with a description, sometimes a line or two about the subject matter if a portrait, or something more earthy meant to challenge and elicit more than an initial response, it’s these paintings which are the most fascinating here, providing a fantastically detailed fantasy world of kink and fantasy, but explored in a candid, honest way. UsinU’s exploration of kink, using not only the creations on his canvas but our own gaze and viewpoint issues us with a stark challenge, look away now or look and enjoy and relish the enjoyment of imagination.