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Gavin Maughfling : 'Junior's Story'. Oil on Canvas. 90 x 150 cm. 2016 Gavin Maughfling : 'All Together.Oil on Canvas. 90 x 150 cm. 2016'. Gavin Maughfling : 'Silence. Oil on Canvas. 90 x 150 cm. 2016'. Gavin Maughfling : 'i-. Oil on Canvas. 150 x 90 cm. 2017'. Gavin Maughfling : 'Paris. Oil on Canvas. 150 x 90 cm. 2017'. Gavin Maughfling : 'Judgement. Oil on Canvas. 173 x 117 cm. 2017'. Gavin Maughfling : 'Bootylicious. Oil on Canvas. 117 x 137 cm. 2017'.
These paintings derive from a chance encounter on the Net. Four young gay men of African descent are talking on a Youtube channel, about their experiences of growing up Black, and gay, in East London; about bullying at school, trouble with the parents and with religion and homophobia, their problems in finding a boyfriend and then the challenges of handling first-time relationships that on occasion turn emotionally abusive; the casual racism and objectification that is habitual on the gay scene, what their aspirations are, and what makes a good friend. Their words are powerful, and need no gloss; they have a sizeable following and are giving voice to unheard and previously untold experiences.

These paintings, treading a tightrope, question what body language, facial expression and hand gesture, when the words are rendered mute in paint, can further draw attention to; hidden attractions and tensions, and overarching all of this, the depth and strength of a supportive friendship cluster that exists in a specific time frame, which may perhaps disperse as the young men grow and grow apart, but for now, is articulated both by the four speakers and their channel followers as one that empowers and has enabled them to find their way across difficult, sometimes dangerous terrain.
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These paintings derive from a chance encounter on the Net. Four young gay men of African descent are talking on a Youtube channel, about their experiences of growing up Black, and gay, in East London; about bullying at school, trouble with the parents and with religion and homophobia, their problems in finding a boyfriend and then the challenges of handling first-time relationships that on occasion turn emotionally abusive; the casual racism and objectification that is habitual on the gay scene, what their aspirations are, and what makes a good friend. Their words are powerful, and need no gloss; they have a sizeable following and are giving voice to unheard and previously untold experiences.





These paintings, treading a tightrope, question what body language, facial expression and hand gesture, when the words are rendered mute in paint, can further draw attention to; hidden attractions and tensions, and overarching all of this, the depth and strength of a supportive friendship cluster that exists in a specific time frame, which may perhaps disperse as the young men grow and grow apart, but for now, is articulated both by the four speakers and their channel followers as one that empowers and has enabled them to find their way across difficult, sometimes dangerous terrain.

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