Updated as of October 27, 2018

The artistic depiction of the male nude, and more particularly, the deptiction of frontal male nudity, is enduringly powerful in its ability to divide opinion – both in the art world and among the polulation at large. In fact, since its glory days when Michelangelo first unveiled his colossal masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture,  "David",  in 1504, the depiction of male frontal nudity in art has been accused by many over the past 600 years as a threat to the fabric of a "moral society". Queen Victoria was reportedly so horrified at the sight of a replica of Michelangelo’s “David” when it was first unveiled at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London that she ordered David’s genitals to be covered. The sight of David's flacid penis had Queen Victoria reaching for the smelling salts. A ceramic leaf, painted gold, was used to cover David's manhood during Her Majesty's subsequent vistits to the museum.

In 2013, Vienna’s Leopold Museum opened its Nackte Männer: Von 1800 bis heute (Nude Men: From 1800 to today) exhibition, which included over 300 works focused on the shifting depictions of male nudity in the visual arts from 1800 to the present time. One of the posters advertising the exhibition – a portrait by French duo Pierre et Gilles entitled Vive la France which depicted three young football players wearing socks in red, white and blue and nothing else– caused great controversy when displayed throughout Vienna, so much so that red tape was used by city officials to cover the footballer’s genitals. Although there were numerous reasons given for these negative reactions to the poster, each one was focused on the inappropriateness of showing exposed male genitals. Apparently, the penis was a great threat to civilized society. Needless to say, however, the exhibition was one of the most successful in the museum’s history!”

The reasons for the decline of the male nude in art since the Renaissance are numerous and complex. The rise and spread of religious fanaticism, homophobia - both generally in society and throughout the art establishment, the dominance of the "male gaze" in art, and, perhaps to a lesser extent, the development and proliferation of visual imagery (tawdry nude selfies) on the Internet and social media have all lead to a dilution of the perceived power and majesty of the artistic male nude as it once was. It is, therefore, against this backdrop of the gradual decline in the status of the male nude in art that I seek to create male portraits that are as beautiful as they are timeless.   A return to the days when the male nude was considered the highest form of artistic expression. My hope is to make a small contribution to restoring the male nude to its rightful place in the world of fine art without resorting to the unnecessary sexualization of the men being portrayed.

I have chosen, to the dismay of many, to censor my full frontal male nudes portraits for purposes of publication on the internet. This is a personal decision that was made in conjunction with my portrait subjects. My limited edition prints of the portraits in this "Exposed" catalogue are, of course, uncensored.
Each of the portraits displayed in this Limited Edition Print Catalogue (Exposed Gallery) is available for purchase as a limited edition fine art print. Each of Troy Schooneman's fine art prints are hand-signed and numbered by the artist and printed on museum quality Hahnemühle Baryta Rag Archival paper, one of the world's most beautiful 100% cotton fine art archival papers. In addition to being beautiful art to enrich the walls of your or your client's home or business, Troy Schooneman's fine art limited edition prints are an investment just like any other fine art, and with time will appreciate in value. Currently, the price appreciation for Troy Schooneman's limitd edition prints is 15% per annum. If you are interested in obtaining a limited edition print of a portrait that you have seen online or elsewhere but which is not shown below, please contact us and we will endevour to make your desired portrait available.

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