Loupe’s ‘Colors of Pride’ Art Channel is a Vivid Celebration of LGBTQ+ Creativity
Above: Pol Kurucz, Diva
After four years of constant and significant threats to the basic human rights of the LGBTQ+ community in America under Trump/Pence, last week President Biden posted a statement on the White House website unambiguously stating, “I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.”
It marked out a significant and welcome change at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on an issue that is often a matter of life and death for some.
There is still a long way to go, with a 2020 study published in Science Advances showing that members of the LGBTQ+ community were four times as likely to be victims of violent crimes in this country. But in the fight for equality and acceptance, art has often been a profound ally, explicating all the joy, pain, fear and fearlessness that have defined the struggle. And to that end, the groundbreaking art app Loupe, in honor of of Pride Month, has just launched their stunningly curated ‘Colors of Pride’ channel, which boldly celebrates LGBTQ+ creativity.
It features artists at all levels of notoriety from around the globe: Atlanta’s Alea Hurst, Spain’s Xan Padron, Budapest’s Pol Kurucz, Buenos Aires’ Nicolás Cuenca, Montreal-born citizen of the world Sacha Dean Biyan, Kiev-based Elena Vizerskaya, amongst many others. And though the work is wildly diverse in its aesthetic and philosophical viewpoints, there is a narrative of vitality and the celebration of the unfettered spirit about the collection taken as a whole.
Loupe, which allows for the high-quality streaming of art across all devices, has consistently proven its ability to curate channels which speak to the specific inclinations of art lovers everywhere, while also allowing for the easy, fluid discovery of the new. But with ‘Colors of Pride,’ they’ve gone and wedded that mission to a higher purpose.
Loupe Founder/CEO Dot Bustelo explains, “We designed this streaming art experience in celebration of the LGBTQ community and Pride Month, as art and music can uniquely inspire people on an unconscious level to be open-minded and creative in their outlook towards others and life itself.”
But speaking from the artist’s point of view, Kurucz enthuses, “I work with color, breath and exhale it. Color is life, it is obvious, so should LGBTQ+ rights be. I’m proud to be part of the ‘Colors of Pride’ initiative, translating these values visually to an art appreciating audience.”