What makes erotic art different from porn? The intention of course. There is a significant divide between pornography and erotic art. Porn is meant to quickly arouse the genitals. While with erotic art, it’s engaging the mind to fantasize about a potential outcome. The erotic works created by Mary Bassett does just that—it lets the imagination run wild. Never veering into pornography or the tasteless, Bassett strives at capturing the beauty of her subjects.
Mary Bassett is a visual artist best known for her realistic paintings of the sensual female form. Due to her long-held emotional connection to sketching and drawing, Mary dedicates her career to depicting the wonders a woman’s sexual freedom in unconventional ways. She has an ability to create paintings with such detail that they seem like abstract photo reproductions. But Mary points out when creating a piece; she paints what she is feeling, and the outcome is astounding. “I need to feel the emotions of the subject. That’s why I always want [my subjects] to be sensually charged,” says Bassett.
Mary Bassett’s paintings have a spectacular blend between old masters painting techniques and 20th-century photography. No, these are not photographs put through an instantaneous iPhone filtering App. Her figurative compositions are created by projections. Bassett projects an image or photograph onto a wall and paints from the shadows, highlights, and outlines. The result is a thoughtful blend of eroticism and sexual energy which gives each of her pieces a unique aesthetic.
Bassett does not like categorizing her work, “my work is meant for the viewer’s imagination.” Her blended style is distinctive have an eloquent flow. Bassett is excellent at capturing the emotional moments of her subjects. Each painting is emotive, whether the subject is having sex, masturbating, or having orgasms. Up close, they almost feel like you’re looking through a fuzzy camera lens. She offers viewer’s a glimpse of an intimate encounter. Without being overt, her scenes look lavish and erotic. It’s not wonder painting is just as arousing for Bassett too; revealing, to us, an additional secret ingredient. She enjoys blending some of her creative love juices inside the pigment.
Bassett faces significant challenges as an erotic female artist. “Oh, don’t start me on that shit! It’s frustrating because everyone is having sex, and most people enjoy it. Our world is full of hypocrites and Puritans. They like pointing their fingers and calling out female erotic artists,” said Bassett. Her “fuck it!” attitude makes her a recognized feminist painter. Bassett is an artist willing to explore outdated sexual conventions by depicting women’s bodies. Women who are secure in their sensuality and eroticism.
“I think I’d die if I didn’t create. All of existence came into being from the initial spark and that’s creation. By creating something new, we all continue that process! It’s deep man.”
Bassett loves the fact her work is turning people on. Gentlemen’s clubs throughout New York and London often exhibit Bassett’s work in the hopes of engaging the clientele. Her art bridges the gap between the customers and venue while keeping the environment sexual charged.
Mary Bassett’s work encompasses the erotic arts and mainly the female form, sensuality, and sexuality. Select artwork is available as prints, canvas prints, bags, iPad covers, t-shirts and more as you will see. Visit the Mary Bassett website for more information.