Artist Guyd: Mike Bliss Pops Out!

Danny Hilton
Authored by
Danny Hilton
London Correspondent
October 22, 2012
8:51 p.m.

Mike Bliss’s distinctive style of painting/photography/digital art is sexy, bold, colorful, iconic, and homoerotic. Danny Hilton spoke to him about his work.

Hey Mike, so where are you from?

I’m from the northeast of England. I paint beautiful naked men for a living!

Describe your style.

If Kylie Minogue & Tom of Finland had a baby… (winks) Erotic Pop Art.

Your art is a real mixture – are you a painter, photographer, digital artist, or a bit of all three?

I’m a painter and sometime digital artist. I’m just discovering the joy of digital art. I’m very grateful to David Hockney for legitimizing the medium. I only ever take photos when needed for commissions. Although I have just bought a flash new camera, so that may change.

How did you get started?

I came out of the womb with a paint brush! (laughs). I’ve always drawn, for as long as I can remember. It’s like a religious calling, I guess.

What’s the most difficult part of your work?

I find it very difficult not to paint. There are times when I wish I could just switch off from work. The slightest thing can inspire me. I’m addicted!

Is there a piece that stands out as your favorite?

I think if I had to choose (very Sophie’s Choice), it would have to be “Lies.”  I think it speaks to everyone. We’ve all questioned someone’s love for us at least once in our life.

lies by mike bliss

What kind of guys do you like?

Physically, I like Latin men.  If it’s outside aesthetics then they have to (in no order) have great eyes, a smile that lights up the room, a sharp mind, and make me laugh.

Who would you most like to paint/photograph?

I would love the Queen to commission a portrait. I’ve done some work based on photographs of her, but I would love the opportunity to work for her. She radiates dignity.

You can check out more of Mike’s work at his website:


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William Maltese (Guest)
8 years, 7 months ago

As an artist and a person, Mike Bliss remains one of my all-time favorites. I’ve a couple of my portraits by him in my private collection, and I had the extreme pleasure of ushering his graphic novel VAMPIRES OF LONDON through the publisher’s pipeline to final publication. The guy is an absolute genius in his portrayal of men, naked and otherwise. I’m a continuing big fan (and I don’t mean “big” in “that” way).

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Mikesbliss (Guest)
8 years, 7 months ago

Thank you William x