The American artist, Neel Bate (BLADE) is the true precursor of the Toms, the Rexes, the Etiennes, and the host of other stars in the ever-growing galaxy of homoerotic imagists. No matter how different the styles, no matter how disparate the popularity of different artists, an astonishing number of them trace their first consciousness of a genuinely and overtly gay sexual image to a badly photo-copied series of pictures entitled "The Barn" which first circulated — clandestinely, of course — in 1947/48. In the years since then literally hundreds of thousands of copies — a few good, most of them wretched — of that legendary series have been produced. But at last, Neel Bate's work is where it belongs; not frutively passed from hand to hand, but in an art gallery for the world to see and for serious connoisseurs of erotica to appreciate.
~ Charles Leslie, Co-Founder