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. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Also known as Faluda Islam, Zulfikar is an artist, performer, and drag queen who regularly voices about war in the Middle East, often pleading for prominent figures to join in and help. Aside from that, he candidly discusses the reality of being a queer Muslim which sees homosexuality as a major sin.
4. 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.
5. Ashley Lukashevsky
Ashely has a mixed heritage and she makes use of her Instagram platform to draw illustrations about mental health, climate change, and racial justice. Her illustration of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was widely shared online. She aspires to foster a safer world for marginalised communities through her work.
If you’re looking for queer artists that do more than just illustrations and paintings, check out Vulvaluv. Also from Montreal (yes, there are loads of queer artists in Montreal that we love), Brie Birdsell from Vulvaluv creates lovely yonic art for all the ladies! From jewellery to vulva costumes, she will impress people with her textile skills.
7. 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.
9. 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.