The Art of Gay Love: Getting in the Mood for Valentine's Day

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on Advocate.com February 06 2013 11:47 AM ET

Love is a thief in the night; love stinks; love in never having to say you're sorry; love is in the air; love is a battlefield; love to love you, baby. Love takes many forms and expressions. It can be an elevated spiritual experience, it can feel like a wrenching gut ache, and a great love affair can change the course of history.

Our artist and photographer contributors show the range of love from sweet and tender to raging and all-consuming.


Puppy Love by Polly Guo


Marriage-Minded by Dwora Fried


Dipping Your Toes in the Pool of Love by Steve MacIsaac


Love in a Cape by Philip Bonneau


Love Me Tender by Cauro Hige

A Portrait of Love (Dani and Jen) by Jess Dugan


Bubble Bunnies in Love by Alexander Guerra


Love Muscle (Charlie and Matthew) by Dylan Rosser


Early Love by Robert Sherer


Rabbit Fantasy Love by Andrej Dubravsky


Dream Date Love by Molly Landreth


Potboiler Love by Victor Gadino


Love Is Discipline by Elisar von Kupffer


Lesbian Love Drama by John Fallon


Drowning in Love by Claudio Bindella


Love Hostage by Rick Castro


Orthodox Love by Molly Landreth


Love Is Patient, by E. Gibbons


Homeboy Love by Hector Silva


Portrait of Love (Lee and Gunner) by Jess Dugan


Smusher Love by Ed Luce


Love and Lust by Mel Odom


Dripping With Love by Claudio Bindella


Naked Love by Dylan Rosser


Love Crush by Claudio Bindella


Reflections of Love by Kelli Connell


Straight Bro Love by Scott Waters


Love to Wrestle by Brian Kenny


Love, Walking Into the Sunset by Robert de Michiell