Artists and creatives across the board have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. And queer artists in particular have been especially affected.
This holiday season, you can help support the LGBTQ+ art community by purchasing their creations as gifts. We've gathered a short list of local, NYC-based queer artists for you to check out. While these are just a few of the talented queer folks in the city, there's many, many others not featured in this blog.
Where you can buy queer local art
Founded and created by Guelmo Rosa, a queer Puerto Rican artist, G2ther offers a range of erotic jewelry, wire art, and brass art.
Based in Brooklyn Zach Grear is a queer artist who draws inspiration from queer erotica and tattoo iconography. Grear specializes in vintage gay porn magazine, and utilizes markers and collage to alter found imagery and give them a new, "othered" version. His work also includes portraits of his peers and personal heroes.
Founded and created by Vanessa B. Smith, a Black, queer, and Jamaican woman, Black Queer Magic's jewelry is handmade and features semi-precious stones. A self-taught jewelry artist, much of their designs include lapidary, copper and metal smithing, electroforming, and metal engraving. Smith is also a social worker dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ Black community.
Artist Tyler Wallach is a queer artist based in Harlem recognized for his bright and boldly colored street-art characters on both canvas and clothing. Their online shop offers a range of gender-neutral apparel, including shirts, bags, accessories, and masks.
Katrina del Mar is a New York-based artists, photographer, writer, and film director. Though her work is expansive and genre-bending, much of del Mar's work is centered around women, queerness, erotica, and feminism. Per her website, most of her prints on her website are available for sale, upon inquiry.