Felix D’Eon

Felix D’Eon

As an artist and human being, I have been fortunate enough to find myself the inheritor of numerous different cultural traditions. I am a mixed race, both white and Native American, and mixed in terms of nationality, being both US American and Mexican. I am the son of an undocumented immigrant to the US and practice a form of spirituality and ceremony indigenous to Mexico. As such, my work speaks to various traditions, through which I paint queer, white, Latinx, and Native American imagery as part of my own heritage. However, my work also speaks to the broader queer community. I paint ethnicities other than my own, as well as other manifestations of queerness, such as trans people and queer women. I try to focus on a variety of body types and ages, to paint people who are disabled, and in short, to look for and represent the beauty and the full breadth of the queer community. To do so, I seek out models from the different communities I represent, ask to hear their ideas and to learn how they wish to see themselves represented and ask permission to tell their stories and paint their fantasies. In this sense, the work is a collaborative effort. 

I am enraptured by various art-historical styles, such as Edwardian fashion and children’s book illustration, golden-era US comics, and Japanese Edo printmaking. In my work, I attempt to make the illusion of antiquity complete, using vintage papers and careful research as to costume, set, and style. My goal is perfect verisimilitude. I subvert the “wholesome” image of antique illustration styles and harnesses their imagery to a vision of queer love and sensibility. I treat vintage illustrative styles as a rhetorical strategy, using their language of romance, economic power, and aesthetic sensibility as a tool with which to tell stories of historically oppressed and marginalized queer communities. By painting images of queer love, seduction, sex, and romance, the gay subject is stripped of its taboo nature. Through my work, I seek to normalize the marginal, and place the heretofore taboo subject at the center, through the use of the rhetorical styles of the historically empowered and mainstream. In my work, the illustrative imagery of the past does not cease to be wholesome through the inclusion of gay sex and sensibilities. I simply expand the notion of what wholesome is, erasing shame, and celebrating desire.

Felix D’Eon

En el lago de Cociboca
Watercolor on Paper, 2020
9  x 11.5 in
20.86 x 29.21 cm
Artsy Precio 515 USD • 10,873 PESOS
PGMX Precio de Original 9,000 PESOS

Felix D’Eon

Los Principes Mexicas
Watercolor on Paper, 2020
8 in x 10 in 
20.32 x 25.4 cm
Artsy Precio 500 USD • 10,566 PESOS
PGMX Precio de Original 9,000 PESOS

Felix D’Eon

Love on the Front
9 in x 12 in
20.86 x 30.48
Artsy Precio 1200 USD • 25,335 PESOS
PGMX Precio de Original 12,000 PESOS

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