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Saturday, 21 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Fetish Artists - De Bauch

Article revised and extended Feb 2022 (1371)
 
Marc DeBauch - Crazy Cowboys of Coxuck Canyon (detail)

Marc DeBauch is a prolific artist who paints and draws both conventional and erotic subjects in the traditional manner - fully representational with detailed realistic backgrounds. His fetish output covers a wide variety of themes from Cowboys to Leather Dungeons. The image above gives a good idea of the erotic power of his work, the moulding of the cowboy's buttock is delicious. This image is only a detail of a much larger tableau, full of different groups of figures doing their own thing. The rest of the picture (which you can view in the cowboy gallery at his website) shows some very explicit buddying-up and men dabbling in some controversial, unconventional interests along the way - just look under the horse! 
 
 
 
Marc DeBauch - Abduction of Adam
 
 This subject matter of this image also shows fetish converging with the real world as two leather masters hustle their captive down a fire-escape in broad daylight, en route to their dungeon lair where they can deal with him in private. It's a scene reminiscent of  Bill's collection for enslavement in Leo's story of 'The Estate'. Positioning the scene in an area open to public view opens the possibility that this is not role play, but a real abduction with an unpredictable outcome, it's a masterly touch.
 
You will observe that Adam, like Bill in 'The Estate', isn't altogether dismayed at this turn of events. The simple exhibition of Adam's nakedness in this image would probably be enough to create it's sexual charge, but when this artist goes for the erotic, he doesn't hold back! The likelihood of the trio being seen is probably fuelling all their excitement, but the abductors must be particularly thrilled at the uninhibited qualities already being exhibited by their new acquisition. 

 The title of this piece obliquely references the world of Old Masters (The Creation of Adam) which is an intriguing connection. In subjects like this, though, the representational artist is really competing with photography. The bearded face at the back is certainly up for that comparison, it's excellent. The others are a bit uneven, but any artist will tell you that Adam's backward angled head is a killer pose.

This image replaces the previous censored version
 
 
Marc DeBauch - Bound Mohawk

This picture features a Mohawk sub, his hair style seemingly an indicator of outsider rebelliousness. His submissive pose indicates that has now been tamed by these Leathermen. They have stripped him of his clothes which now lie on the floor in front of him. The bulge of the Leatherman on the left is a clear indicator of what's expected of him next. I suspect Tom of Finland's work may have influenced this element.
 
 DeBauch is into Leather and he doesn't neglect bondage, but it doesn't feature prominently in his work, not even in the preceding abduction scene. That's possibly because he's plainly very interested in the earthiest regions of gay activity where expression is best left unrestrained. Notwithstanding that he's drawn some interesting ropework here with loops and cinches clearly defined. The noose around the captive's neck is a threatening embellishment.
 
 
Marc DeBauch - Lucky Slave

A naked man with a Mohawk features in this picture too and although his 'captors' are dressed as cops this does not seem like a street arrest scenario but rather a typical, leather-guy role play. That may explain the 'lucky' tag or perhaps it's an allusion to the good-looking men who have made him their pet and the fact that they are men who can afford to kit themselves out in authentic cop gear. Of course they could be gay cops with a leather bent who have offered a villain an unconventional way of avoiding justice - but one suspects it might involve some form of incarceration and punishment.

Once again here Tom's influence can be seen in the cop's stance and their bulges and boots.
 
 
DeBauch - Kirby In Leather

There are lots of images showing raunchy leather sex in this artist's output but this portrait of a leather man undressing shows that DeBauch's interest in the leather scene is more than skin deep (pardon the pun!) He's clearly trying to capture a real person here and there's an element of affection. The pencil/ink style is not exactly simple but has a sketchy flavour and does not attempt to sensualise the subject and yet there is a sense of personality and sexual buzz in this man which transcends his modest physical appearance. The leather jacket, harness and especially the swollen jockstrap all contribute to this and despite the lack of technical refinement they all look 'right'. The title suggests this is a shared 'dressing up' scene. These are usually arousing for the participants and we can fantasise what follows.


Marc DeBauch - Max Undressing
 
This image has a similar, charming tingle which is not entirely due to the prodigious organ which is being displayed while it's owner clumsily wrestles in child-like fashion with a T-shirt that's harder to get off than it ought to be and is temporarily parked over his face. In this brief moment we can glimpse a man who despite his keenly honed muscularity is a real person not an unapproachable god.



Marc DeBauch - Bound Angel

There's a similar sense of availability in this unusual bondage take on the fallen angel theme. This young man seems to be at that awkward age, too old to be a cherub or sprite, but not old enough to be an official angel, disdainfully relaying God's will.  Binding the angel's wings and not just his wrists shows impeccable logic, but amazingly it doesn't seem to have affected his ability to fly, or at any rate, to hover. The gag seems an equally sensible precaution against unwanted pronouncements about being kind and good which are always on the lips of the young as well as the pure.
 
 Interestingly the result of being restrained is not consternation but wary resignation in this being (compare with Luxuris' Angel). There's also the visible stirrings of erotic anticipation. Perhaps there's a vacancy he might fill in the Eros Department, once he's had a few practical lessons.
 
 
Marc DeBauch - Year of the Dog

 This attractive whimsy of a rich, young man surrounded by his adoring pets is a very gay, mildly erotic adaptation of the classic portraiture of the 18th century where wealthy patrons posed with their wives, horses and other livestock in front of their grounds and homes. The tiddlers fighting over a pair of his briefs which they've also been pulling out of the draws behind has a vaguely sexual air about it, not least because he doesn't seem to mind it at all. If you explore this artist's work you'll find many examples of humans and animals together. However, in this picture, I'm more drawn to the feeling that this man is wealthy and pampered as much as his pets and he clearly keeps himself in good physical trim but is probably no angel. He seems a ripe candidate for the transformative scenario in the image below. 



Marc DeBauch - Eager Slave
 
 
 This captive isn't the same man of course. He strikes a relaxed pose but I don't see much indication of the eagerness alleged in the title. Rather, he looks unhappy and apprehensive, as well he might if this is his awakening after a first night in captivity. If he's glanced out through the grille to admire the dawn sun-rise, he's probably found that he's been incarcerated in a remote, inhospitable place. If the ropes bound round his wrists and ankles feel uncomfortable, the chain and fetters that lie unused on a bed of straw nearby look harsher and far more permanent, giving him food for thought he'd rather not have to deal with before breakfast.  Unlike the angel we saw earlier, this man has a face that shows experience, which means he's able to figure out that this situation is more daunting than it is exciting.
 
 
Marc DeBauch -Military Piss

A burly Instructor stands over a soldier who has been given a round of naked push-ups as punishment for his military short-comings. Forced exercise is a fairly normal training chastisement, not very often in the nude* and hardly ever with the embellishment of a golden shower, although I wouldn't rule it out. 
 
 *Something similar featuring plain, cold water rather than warm piss came up in a recent post in the Royale Series and featured in the TV clip Bad Lad's Army which alleged that it was normal practice for training difficult recruits 'in the bad old days'.
 
This squaddie/grunt doesn't seem to mind anyway, quite the reverse. His inappropriate use of undercarriage friction to alleviate the dreary humiliation of his punishment has probably prompted the Instructor's unorthodox action, but if he sought to douse his cadet's ardour with it, it's clearly backfired. But at least it's given him an opportunity to show off his impressive credentials to us as well as his biggest fan.
 
 

DeBauch - Raven Master
 
There's a strand of DeBauch's art that features mythical fantasy images and this is a rather nice example. I normally find it hard to get excited about imaginary worlds as erotic playgrounds, even if the landscape seems to contain half-buried penises. I'm always up for an attractive pair of buns though and that inviting sight makes this another striking example of the artists ability to conjure up the erotic in a perfectly acceptable piece of art. The simplicity of the image helps, it compares favourably with the scanty-costumed, pseudo historical dramas of Vallejo say.  


Marc Debauch - Alpha Assault

DeBauch's uncompromising approach to sexual ingredients - if you're gonna show it, show it properly - makes this a hot potato potentially but I like the honesty of this piece, not as a titillating example of forbidden forms of sex, but as an allegory of power, domination and animal lust (in it's metaphorical sense). Depicting the complete body of a 'monster' in images or films is often a mistake, but DeBauch's lithe werewolf is convincing and so is the act of copulation, carefully balanced on a rocky outcrop with his human prey overwhelmed and cradled in his arms.


Marc DeBauch - Dancing Satyrs at Winter Solstice
 
 
Two satyrs dance around a small tree in a wintery forest, in an almost perfect composition which is rather beautifully painted. It invokes the teasing display of wildlife courtship rituals which we see all the time in TV nature programmes and envisages them as performed by near-humans. Male to male displays in nature are not necessarily homoerotic, but obviously it pleases us to see it that way. The nakedness and animal genes of these creatures with the cold snow falling on their naked skin warmed from the exertions of the dance combined with the private, desolate location conjures up an earthy atmosphere of sexual anticipation. The slightly sensual treatment of their torsos and naturalistic faces provide a modern, homoerotic flavour.

This piece has the same honesty that I spoke of earlier - if you're going to depict satyrs don't pretend it's not about sex. It has authentic ancestry in mythology and a whole genre of classical illustration, and that honesty is usually found in ancient art but modern society rejects it or ridicules it as 'too rude'. There's really little to object to in this image which doesn't involve copulation or emissions. It has a great deal of integrity purely as a piece of art and it's message of desire and seduction is enhanced by the erections, indeed it depends on them, they are not just a smutty embellishment. It is highly erotic but there is a sensible reason for that it and in any case it is optional for all but the most prudish viewers to see it that way.



Marc DeBauch - The Ass End Of The Day

How else could I end this article? The artist's witty title hardly does justice to this cowboy's glorious bubble butt as he (seemingly) contemplates wading naked through a dense thicket of spiky, phallic cacti into the setting sun. Masochism of the highest order, but rather him than me! The use of colour here is spectacular and accomplished. There's a slightly risqué but even better companion piece in the 2022 post announcing the revision of this article (link pending).


There's are good collections at Fine Art America also Marc DeBauch on Instagram
visit http://www.marcdebauch.com/ for more.

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