Brent Ray Fraser is The Naked Artist
We caught up with Brent Ray Fraser – The Naked Artist – to find out how to paint with your penis.
When did you start exploring your passion for art?
From the very moment I had tempura paint on my fingers in nursery school, I’ve explored my passion for art. I was three years old and I was hooked immediately.
Back then, I loved abstract painting and drawing muscle-bound wrestlers and super heroes.
What led you to experiment using your body as a tool to paint with?
There were many things that led me to experiment with body art. My first body art experience was at age 24. I was completing my fine art degree from Emily Carr University of Art and was introduced to performance art – specifically the French artist Yves Klein. He used nude models covered in paint as tools to create large performance art pieces. I didn’t have my art studio back then, so I used my parents’ spare bedroom to create my first full-body painting. I taped a roll of paper to their wall, covered my body in red paint and pressed myself against the paper.
At the time, I was also a prolific brush painter and loved Jackson Pollock and abstract expressionism. He said something that got me thinking – “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.” I was heavily influenced by this art movement and the profundity of using something other than a brush to make art was wild for me.
Using my penis as a tool to make art made complete sense, considering it’s the ultimate creative tool for life.
It took many years of practice to master my penis painting techniques, plus the speed at which I create and – more importantly – the safety precautions required to paint with my penis.
I retired from it four times due to scary health-related issues. I came back each time bigger, stronger and faster!
You learn from making mistakes and I’m blessed to have a very strong penis.
Artists are often introverted people, but you paint naked as performance art?
Believe it or not, I grew up extremely shy and introverted. I hated when people would watch me create.
It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I counteracted those unwanted feelings with performance art. It totally enables me to release the exhibitionist side of me.
I look at it more as a superhero mask that I put on whenever I want to express myself. It transforms me.
What do you hope that people feel when they watch you painting naked?
We all have the freedom to create and express ourselves however we want. Not everybody has had the opportunity to feel inspired to create or even know how to tap into that intuition. That feeling is orgasmic for me.
My art is a balance of everything sexual. It’s art sexual.
I hope people get at least a little taste of that orgasmic feeling. I want people to feel hungry for art after watching me paint – so much so that they drop their pants and express themselves.
Do you accept commissions?
I do commissions all the time for collectors around the world. These are mostly penis painted portraits, which include a video of me painting it – from beginning to end.
I also get a lot of requests for penis abstract paintings.
I’m open to most ideas.
I’ve also been practising my new double-ladder wall abstract penis painting techniques. This is where I do side leg splits between two ladders – using my penis and torso, I create large abstract paintings.