Celebrate diversity and inclusion with great art and illustrations from these queer artists on Instagram! #QueerLove #QueerArt
A nice illustration with great meaning often brightens up your day – like when The Forest Mori draws her relationship with animals, Isatisse paints a vivid picture about social anxiety or Cath Love sheds light on female body positivity. Here, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite queer artists on Instagram. Learn more about sexual fluidity and gender inclusivity through the medium of art – and simply celebrate diversity!
Queer artists on Instagram you need to follow
Created by Genevieve Darling, Lovestruckprints from Montreal focuses mainly on the beauty of lesbian and feminist subjects. Hoping to explore different facets of femme relationships and challenge heteronormativity, her illustrations of strong females greatly empower queer women by acknowledging the importance of owning your body and sexuality. She’s definitely one of our fave queer artists on Instagram.
2. David Jester
Based in San Diego, artist David Jester is known for his large scale acrylics of men in pools that represent inclusion. The pool to him symbolises the gay community, as well as the pool of humanity. By using a lot of blue in his works, they convey a sense of melancholy and we really love the visceral effect.
3. Michael J. Hildebrand
Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator Michael J. Hildebrand makes amazing paintings that depict the delicacy of romantic relationships between queer men. By painting the emotional side of men, his works tell us that it’s okay to be both a sensitive and unapologetic person, queer or not.
4. Ashley Lukashevsky
Ashley has a mixed heritage and they make use of her Instagram platform to draw illustrations about mental health, climate change, and racial justice. Their illustration of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was widely shared online. They aspire to foster a safer world for marginalised communities through Their work.
5. Homo Riot
Living in Los Angeles, the artist behind Homo Riot plasters images of queer men and “homo love” on buildings and construction sites all over the city. Starting out as a statement of protest and outrage, the works soon turned into a message of love and positivity for the LGBTQ community. His works encourage us to take pride in being queer and to show that off on the streets like heterosexual couples do, because #GayIsGood!
We love the fact that @ggggrimes challenges perceptions with their representations of people of colour in the community. In fact, they even offer a grant for the Black Trans Community. Bold colours and strong humans are the order of the day here, and you can shop prints, pins, and a selection of works on the website directly.
7. Chen Chen
Chen Chen focuses his poems and essays on exploring being a queer Asian-American. We’re also fans of his quirky sense of humour, eloquent writing style, and at-times flamboyant fashion style. Check out his book, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities.
8. Jenifer Prince
Brazilian artist Jenifer Prince creates comic strip-like prints of sapphic love. Drawing inspiration from media, life, and mid-century queer stories, she even sometimes takes fanart requests on her Patreon. Follow her on Instagram and you may spot your favourite show getting a queer comic twist!
[This article was originally published in March 2021 and updated in 2023 by Min Ji Park.]