Artist Biography

The But I Like It artistic practice has existed since 2007 and has since captured over a hundred men – in portrait, physique, narrative and erotic photographic form.

In addition Johann D’Nale curates works from others and shares/publishes this via a number of channels as well as operates as a subversive artist’s model – in a non-open approach which aims to control and influence how his image is recorded and shared while enhancing the works he is featuring in.



  • Veiled – work in progress • In Situ Pop-up Space (East Street Arts), Leeds  • July 2014


  • Civil Disobedience: creation vs. evolution • Athens, Greece – November 2018
  • Homosurrealism Warsaw • Warsaw, Poland – June 2018
  • Arts Bandit • Eagle, Manchester – April 2018
  • Homosurrealism London – One Night Stand • Resistance Gallery, London (UK) – October 2017
  • The Queer Art Show • Penthouse NQ, Manchester (UK) – August 2017
  • HE: Questioning and Queering “Masculinity” • Last Projects, Los Angeles (USA) – March – May 2017
  • Arts Bandit • Bandit, Mugger and Thief, Manchester UK) – April 2017
  • WeFetish • Rome (Italy) – February 2016
  • Group Show (Louisville Photo Biennial) • Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville (USA) – October-November 2015
  • Transitions (LGBT history month exhibition) • Inkwell, Leeds – February-March 2015
  • Leeds Revisited • BIG-gallery, Dortmund (Germany) / East Street Arts • October-November 2014
  • Liberation & Legacies • Queerchester / Manchester Pride • August 2014
  • Shoot Me, I’m Gay • Nick Ford Gallery, Brighton • July – August 2014
  • Gayzed • Strand Gallery, London • September 2013
  • Beyond Words • Foyles Gallery, London • July 2013
  • More Guys Hanging • Strand Gallery, London • July 2012


Monographs – Self Published

Journals and Magazines

Curated Publications


  • Gayzed 2013 Exhibition Catalogue

Blog posts and online articles

In addition to But I Like It, Jon…

  • Founded ‘We Are Obscured‘ a loose creative collective investigating queer identity – including curating and publishing it’s first Journal.
  • Created and published #FuckHate – an artistic response to rising hatred around the world. Previously exhibited at The Queer Art Show (Manchester, UK) and Homosurrealism London – One Night Stand (London, UK).
  • Operates a second artistic and publishing practice, Strawbleu
  • Formed and ran for 5 years  the Exposure Leeds photography group in Leeds
  • Is an artisan member of East Street Arts
  • Was a founder member of the Loosely Bound zine collective
  • Is passionate about forging links between Louisville, KY and his own city through the LVLLDS project

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