EricJ.Van Giessen(he/they)isan artist, scholar, and poet from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is currently a Ph.D.studentstudyingSociologyat York University.Hisdissertationresearch focuses onilluminatinglived experiences of queer religiosity using arts-based methods.
Van Giessen’sartseeks toexemplifyqueer joy throughimpactfuldigital paintingsand linocut prints.Homoeroticism, thebeauty of the human form, humor, and religious imagery are common themes inhiswork. Combining a vibrant pop-color array with greyscale blockingandcleanlines,Van Giessen’s artpeels away the details ofhissubjects leaving a minimal portrait that maintains depth and sensuality.
Van Giessenstarted hisbrand,Queero Gear,as a way to fund hisgraduate educationandto keep in touchwith his creative sideamidst thecerebralslog ofPh.D. life.When he’s not studying or making art, he is eating food with hischosen family inTorontoor goingfor long hikes with his Goldendoodle, Mabel Rose.