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Gay Couples at the Beach

by GymDreams
Paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney

Because of the overwhelmingly positive reactions and likes you have left on my Instagram story yesterday, I have decided to post these paintings today.

I made these paintings a very long time ago — right from the very beginning when I started to explore using AI engines to create images of men. These scenes and subject matters — of two men with some age differences, doing relative mundane things, like having a walk at the beach — is something that I kept on creating.

These works were never intended to be seen. They are deeply personal. They were made well before this Instagram account even existed. I just felt a strong compulsion to make them. As I wrote in my IG story:

A lot of the works that you see on my feed are my personal experiences growing up as a gay man. They’re partly autobiographical, partly metaphorical, and partly fictional.

It’s hard for me to articulate what they are really about, or why I am making these works, because often they are feelings that I have that I simply can’t put into words.

In regards to the Greek mythology, they are stories and artworks that made a significant impact to me even as a child. Again, it’s really hard for me to express in words why I was drawn to them as a child, and why I kept on going back to them and in the works that I now create.

The only thing that I can say is that by posting and looking at them, I have been able get a bit closer to understanding myself. In some ways, they are reconciliation of sorts, of the complex emotions that I feel, and my inability to fully explain them with the analytical mind.

So I will likely continue to make them, and will likely continue to not be able to say what they’re about. But maybe some day in the future, I will see that missing thread that connects them all.

Text prompts with Midjourney, paintings with selected artists.

Images

Set 1

Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney

Set 2

Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney

Set 3

Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney
Gay Couples at the Beach, paintings, rendered in Midjourney