I’m really pleased to share a new portrait of a fellow artist and friend from the other side of the world, @TChickPhoto. T. Chick McClure is an openly transgender fine art photographer, Grammy award-winning director and we are both alumni of the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Because he lives in LA, our collaborative process for the creation of this painting was entirely digital. I shared what I look for during a traditional ‘sitting’ and he captured images that I could reference in addition to his transition self-portraits. We discussed the colours that speak to him most and I sent through digital sketches of the abstract background and figure.
T. CHICK MCCLURE was born female-bodied to a conservative, military-household, and spent his early life feeling “wrong.” He escaped into his art, depicting himself as male in his drawings as early as 3 years old. In his adulthood Chick came to focus on photography as a medium, exploring themes of gender, masculinity, vulnerability and authenticity. I’ve been following his transition for about a year, and was drawn to the remarkable honesty in his work. You can follow him on all socials via @TChickPhoto.