Sex and nudity are against Instagram’s community guidelines, which has triggered a plethora of creative eroticism that manages to swerve the platform’s censorship guidelines. Beyond photography of juicy peaches getting fingered and vagina-like flowers, illustration is the most explicit trend. The platform’s a treasure trove of fantasy fetishes and sexual pleasure painted in colourful cartoon graphics, with fluid brush strokes that make penis close-ups look majestic. If you don’t see sex as beautiful, then after a few scrolls on erotic art accounts, you will.

Some accounts are approaching the depiction of sex through an historical and anthropological lens. Sexual paintings and drawings existed in Ancient Rome, India, Persia and the Americas, then came to Europe later in the 18th century. Before then, there’s evidence of seductive nude subjects like Titian’s “Venus of Urbino” from 1534, and early 17th century paintings of women engaging in metaphoric sexual acts with birds, based on the Greek myth of Zeus turning into a swan to seduce Leda.

Sexual pleasure is universally relatable but it has always been taboo in the art world. Even as late as 1970, John Lennon’s graphic lithographs of Yoko Ono were taken down by police from an exhibition in London, and the 276-year-old art institution and auction house Sotheby’s only held its first ever erotic art sale just three years ago.

In 2020 though, thanks to all the regramming, sensual illustration has finally gone mainstream. It’s become a sex-positive movement, giving viewers a poetic perspective to celebrate manifestations of sexual pleasure. Interest piqued? Get to know the artists and illustrators re-drawing sex for the next generation online below.

ROBIN EISENBERG

Los Angeles-based artist Robin Eisenberg curates a wet dream-like perspective of outer space, full of pastel neon, sexually-charged alien females with realistically curvaceous physiques. It’s a place to eat pizza, send nudes, draw dick pics, and then lose yourself in passionate sex with all genders. A self-love sanctuary in the stars.

Why do you choose to explore sex in your art?

Robin Eisenberg: Sex and sexuality are such honest and powerful things, I really love exploring that in my drawings. I’ve always loved focusing on relatable and intimate moments, so it feels natural to incorporate sex. Maybe my art can help people to feel more comfortable with their own sexuality and their own bodies.

Why do female bodies inspire you?

Robin Eisenberg: It’s incredibly fulfilling to draw these alien superbabes who are so comfortable and cozy in their own skin. It makes me feel more comfortable with myself. I always hope that people who see my art come away from it with that same feeling. It makes me so happy when people tell me that they see their own body in my work and it makes them feel good about themselves.

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April 1, 2020