Artist Spotlight: James Huctwith

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on Advocate.com July 05 2014 3:00 AM ET

You can compare Canadian artist James Huctwith to artists from Rembrandt to gay art star Attila Richard Lukacs, but Huctwith brings his own dark melody to his portraits, tableaux, and still lifes. The mainstream art world may view his work as highly sexualized, but the audience on this website may just see that for what it is, not calculated but a means to an end. His authority with the subject matter suggests he is creating from his experience rather than as a shock tactic. Even though his dramatic canvases stage scenes of hallucinatory, murky sexual goings-on. If you happen to check out his website, blog, or Facebook page you will also see that Huctwith is quite great to look at himself, with rust-colored Byronic charms. So if you can't become a collector, you can always become a fan.

User With Gear
15" x 22"
Oil on Plywood Panel
2011


Winter Solstice
approx 22" x 28"
Oil on Panel
2004


Brian Finch
16" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
2008


This Is Helena
7" x 4"
Oil on Canvas
2013

David Pistilli
20" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
2008

Revenge Mechanism (triptych interior)
22" x 60" (open)
Oil on gessoed panel
2004

White Portrait (Self-Portrait)
approx 12" x 16"
Oil on Canvas
2004

Knock Yourself Out
15" x 22"
Oil Painting on Gouged Plywood Panel.
2009

The Miracle Of The Bread
16" x 24"
Oil on Canvas
2012

Monster (triptych interior)
22" x 60" (fully open)
Oil on Panel
2004


Armwrestling
6" x 6"
Oil on Canvas
2005

Havana (#2)
approx 28" dia
Oil on Panel
2006

Helene
12" x 12"
Oil on Panel
2011

Birdcatcher (tiptych interior, open)
22" x 50" (open)
Oil on plywood panel
2004

Man With Headdress
3x4"
Oil on Wood
2007

Nightshade

Oil on Panel
12" dia
2004

Portrait of a Man Leaving a Hospital
15" x 22"
Oil Portrait on distressed plywood panel with mixed-media assemblage.
2009

Father's Milk
4" x 5"
Oil on Canvas
2003

The Dispatchment
4" x 4"
Oil on Canvas
2010

Angel No (a)
4" x 5"
Oil on Canvas
2010