The Paulson Bott Press series offers more of Bas’s “erotic nostalgia
.” The subjects of several works—like The Rosy Tenant
, The Previous Tenant
, and The Renaissance Man
(all 2013)—appear to depict the same young man, indicating a particular fascination on the artist’s part. The subject gazes intently back at the viewer, his face fixed in a stern but somehow challenging expression, as if he’s forcing the artist, and by extension, the viewer, to acknowledge him. As Fontaine notes
, Bas’s “embrace of sexuality and a queer perspective is bold and unapologetic,” and yet his work is infused with a deep sense of loneliness.