A&E: Penis Painter Performs at ArtsUnited Fundraiser

Caption: Brent Ray Fraser creates paintings with his penis. Credit: Courtesy Brent Ray Fraser.

It’s time to add another letter to the LGBTQIA alphabet soup: “A” for “artsexual.

One of the world’s first self-described artsexuals, Brent Ray Fraser, is coming out in South Florida to demonstrate exactly how that works. 

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Fraser, a former adult entertainer who is pursuing his dream as an artist, uses his penis to create original works of art and will paint live on Oct. 25 and 26 to benefit ArtsUnited, the local LGBTQ and allies arts organization.

The Vancouver-based artist got his start a decade ago, first imprinting his painted penis on canvas. Today, he creates large canvases with his penis as paintbrush.

"If I'm doing a large-scale painting, having my dick be flaccid is better from a technical point of view," Fraser said. 

When used as a stamp, his penis paints better when fully erect. 

"The paint is cold (and) it's hard to stay hard, so I tie it off. And working on the art gets me aroused," he explained.

If you think Fraser sounds self-assured, outright “cocky,” think again.

“I grew up pretty shy. I could paint and draw and I wanted to be a famous artist like Picasso, but would hide my paintings. I thought about how I could get rid of the shyness and went in the opposite direction. I became a male stripper,” he recalled. “Painting was still my passion. After I retired, I thought about how to incorporate painting into a show.”

The self-taught painter would eventually complete a degree in fine art, but it was his unique approach that would take him around the world and make him a YouTube sensation. 

His family has been supportive, for the most part. 

“They’ve watched me grow over the years and it was a natural transition,” Fraser said. 
“We joke about it. They’ve become very open-minded people. My mom was an artist, my grandmother was an artist, and I have a distant relative, Thomas Gainsborough, who painted ‘The Blue Boy’.”

Fraser enjoys coaching his sister’s four children on projects, but, “I don’t talk about it. There will be a time when they Google me and find out,” he admitted.

Aside from the need to be sensitive to his nephews and nieces, Fraser says there is still one big downside to his vocation.

“It’s very taxing on the body. There’s a lot of positives, but also negatives. I’ve been doing this for 12 years now and the surface of the canvas is rough (on my penis),” Fraser explained. “I’m in a relationship and it’s hard to do both!”

Regardless, he’s committed.

“I never really expected to be doing this, but the things that I do along the way have dictated my path. I love art and I don’t do anything else. It steers me in the right direction,” Fraser concluded. “There’s just the struggle if I can keep doing it until I’m old and gray—or until my penis falls off!” 

The penis painter, Brent Ray Fraser, will appear on Friday, Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. at Wilton Theater Factory, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. An Oct. 26 performance is sold out. Ticket includes admission to ArtsUnited’s “Provocative Art Show” opening night reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Tedd’s Art Works, 2422 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. For tickets and more information, go to ArtsUnitedFlorida.com.

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