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Sunday 29 May 2011

Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Letter 'O'

The letter 'O' gives us a small but select band of fetish artists to make up for the break since 'N' including Okawa, Osamu and Osze. I will launch the new letter with a picture by Owsley a study of two sailors kissing which isn't really fetishistic at all (unless you count naval uniforms!) but is a really attractive and erotic image. I believe the title is 'The Lottery'.

It is ostensibly a straight-forward romantic picture that could easily be created in photographic format*, but if you study the detailing, it lifts it into a different realm and is a great example of the special capabilities of hand drawn art. 

(*since writing this I have found that it is from a photograph! I will update this article in due course)

Dennis Owsley - The Lottery
The picture has two focal points, the kissing heads and the hand grasping the bulge, cleverly making it romantic and erotic at the same time. These areas are portrayed in ways to match these moods. Thus the sailor's eyelashes are almost feminine, the neck and jaw lines of his friend are simple sensuous sweeps crossed by the dotted curves of his dog-tag chains (which by themselves succeed in giving 3D shape and depth). The groping hand, in contrast, is uncompromisingly detailed, chunky and masculine with fingers spread wide suggesting improbable, but very sexy bulk between his buddy's legs. The outlines of the buttocks and detailing of the buttoned flap contribute greatly to the sexiness of this area suggesting other destinations for the hand to explore.
There is more technical interest in the soft, pointillist detailing of the torso (causing it to recede) compared with the sharp almost plastic flicks of the creases radiating from the knees in the foreground. I find the open trouser leg with a hint of hemlines and glimpse of sock disappearing into the darkness completely fascinating.
I'm afraid I don't have a link for Owsley, but as usual I'd welcome contributions from those who do.
For other articles in this series click on the A-Z label below

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