Michael Kirwan was an artist known for his distinctively stylized erotic illustrations and comics, published in over 650 magazines and exhibited worldwide. Although he focused primarily on homoerotic themes, he also produced substantial work for the heterosexual and fetish markets.
Rather than glorify sex or glamorize people, Michael intended to draw arousing interactions enjoyed by the everyday, regular people he would encounter on the streets, on the bus, throughout parkas and markets, inside seedy bars, and down dark alleys. Kirwan was the first Artist-in-Residence at Tom of Finland Foundation, and the room he inhabited at TOM House is now officially named The Kirwan Solarium. In 2004, he was inducted into Tom of Finland Foundation's Artist Hall of Fame.