Mitchell's gay art. The male erotic art and drawings of Mitchell and his thoughts about the artists and images that inspire him.
Mitchell's drawings depict 'Men Being Put in Their Place' and explore fetishes such as male bondage, domination and spanking.
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Thanks for visiting Mitchell's blog (Feb 18th 2018)
Vortex is a little-known artist from gay, erotic history and
his work has the naivety and humour that characterised that time. However it is
extraordinarily expressive in erotic terms and those qualities pass to us
pretty much undimmed by the passage of time.
Exaggeration of sexual features is his hallmark and this
first example is a wry comment on man’s narcissistic relationship with his cock.
Paradoxically it actually seems to be holding him back here, he looks at temptation
from afar. This picture is placed firmly in the 60’s by the television (its
design and screen size) and the fashionable cleft chin of the central character
(think Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Clint Walker). Humour aside, perhaps
the absence and impossibility of a sexual act here is unwittingly symbolic of
the reality of gay relationships in that era, which were more longed-for than real for
Vortex - Cheetah feeds Tarzan
This portrayal of Tarzan as the cocky show-off who can be
brought down a peg or two by his animal friend warms the cockles of my heart.
It’s a refreshing change from the daring, right-minded and perpetually-hunted hunk
we normally think of. Aficionados of the 60’s films will recall sequences where
the mischievous antics of the monkey are a cause of patronising merriment, contemporaries
would spot that irony.
The erotic elements of this picture are no less arresting. Tarzan’s
physique is portrayed in a sensuous fashion that reflects comic book and
pulp-fiction, adventure art and his sexual ‘predicament’ is startlingly graphic
and effective, transcending the immediate comedy and leading the viewer into imagining
Vortex - Grand Maw, Please Don't Tell! (cropped)
If you think sex toys are a recent invention, think again! However, one wonders whether the artist actually
had a first-hand acquaintance with them since the tubes seem to lead off-stage
to a pumping device of considerable size. Try keeping that from your parents! Actually
the rather twee double bed with cover is more suggestive of anonymous hotel
rooms and furtive sex than the domestic situation implied by the title. There’s
no sense of dark sex here, this muscleman is experimenting/having fun. His jolly
face is very typical of mid-20th century naïve erotic art. The veins
in his arms suggest the artist had a greater familiarity with the human form
than vacuum pumps!
I don’t have any links for Vortex but would love to hear
from anyone who knows more.
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