We kick off celebrating Valentines month with one of our favorite artists, Roger Payne. Roger's artwork often crosses an unspoken bridge and captures two conflicting forces which are constantly at odds with modern men living in a restrictive world: Primal instincts pitted against social, financial and gender/sexual classes.
Roger Payne's art of men engaging in intimate pleasures has made him very famous, although most fans don't know much about the man behind the images. It's reported that Roger's adult gay sketches started as a hobby in the 1970's when he was a teenager. His fantasies were sparked by the men he would see living and working all around him, and he was able to translate "everyday guys" into visions of what might happen in private, given the right opportunities. He studied at London’s St. Martin’s School of Modern Art. For a while, Roger made a living by making historic illustrations for children’s books. Later, he was invited to work for publications like Advocate Men and Handjobs. When the Internet came into millions of homes, his works exploded everywhere. There have been at least three collections of his art, including 2007's ROGER which have become treasured by his admirers.