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Monday 15 November 2010

Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - NoBeast

NoBeast - Kiss
The fantasy worlds stalked by 'NoBeast' are outside my normal area of interest (too much long hair for a start!) but I have certain fascination with his amorous human-plus-monster encounters, which arguably are a very ancient fetish. In 'Kiss' NoBeast has accurately pinpointed the sensual eroticism underlying this potentially shocking fantasy subject. No peck on the cheek is this, check out where the dragon's teeth are!
There's an artistic intelligence about his rendering which is a delight to the eye. While the presentation is very modern his underlying technique harks back to the style of Aubery Beardsley, evidenced in the striking, artful poses, the simplicity of line and (below) the use of dense background patterns.
NoBeast - Tentacles

The tentacle art shown here is less stylish but to my mind is something of a classic in the genre, since it imports the fantasy dream into the real world rather than placing the dreamer in a fantasy land. This inversion of the usual approach creates a stronger sense of intimacy initially, but then one wonders about those strange hands!. The line of the arched body is very pleasing and draws attention to the untouched erection which allows the viewer a frisson of 'me too' anticipation, particularly if this gentleman is in the process of becoming prey.
There's a small selection of NoBeast's work on feuilleton
For other articles in this series click on the 'A-Z' label below

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the kiss image is very powerful. It reminds me of the scene in one of the Alien films where the Queen 'kisses' Ripley - horrifying but somehow sensual too. NoBeast treads that same dividing line between the two. It's a great pity there is so little other work around by this artist.