Sadao Hasegawa, 1991-1999

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Japanese graphic artist Sadao Hasegawa was born in the Tokai area of Japan in 1955, and after taking up drawing in his twenties, his first exhibition Sadao Hasegawa's Alchemism-Meditation for 1973 debuted in Tokyo.

He combined depictions of the male physique, sex (often extreme, such as bondage and S&M), elaborate fantastic settings and Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian and African mythology, resulting in an intensely concentrated representation of stylised eroticism.

Whilst Hasegawa's work generated interest overseas, with contributions to magazines in the US and Europe, in Japan, his work has been largely overlooked. Sadao Hasegawa: Paintings and Drawings (Gay Men's Press, 1990), and Paradise Vision (Kochi Studio, 1996) have so far been the only collections of the artist's work.

Hasegawa refused to exhibit overseas, apparently not wanting to distribute his works abroad. He committed suicide on 20th November 1999 in Bangkok, Thailand, leaving only a small stone on which he had painted a portrait of Japanese author and poet Yukio Mishima, who had taken his own life one year earlier.

In the third of a three part series (you can find Part 1 [1978-82] here, and Part 2 [1982-91] here), KAOS takes a look at Hasegawa's early work.

Otoko - Man (1991)

"Mau Keular" - It's Over (1991)

"Mimpikann Diriku Meliwat Dirimu" - My Dream of Sodomising You



"Monyet" - Monkey God
"My first work with a Thai motif. The character wear the mask of a monkey god for humour.
From now on I might do more Thai motifs."

"Dari Kalimantan" - From Kalimantan (1992)

"Naga" - Dragon (1992)


"A deity's tears fall to his chest while mingling with saliva of his embracer.
The tears and saliva mix and fall, mixing with the deity's semen.
This falls into the mouth of a third youth who holds a KERIS.
The Keris is used by indonesians to ward off evil.
From his open mouth the mixture spills onto his chest and thighs.
As it finally splaches down, the droplets fly up becoming all-seeing eyes."

Isap - blotting
Nafsu - lust
Gairah - passion
Kegaiban - mysteriousness
Cinta - love
Ngentot - gay

"Pond" (1992)

"Puri Naga" - Castle Dragon (1992)

"Sehidup Semat! I" - Lively Pecker! I (1993)

"Alam Fana" (1993)

"Sehidup Semat! II" - Lively Pecker! II (1993)

"Om Swastiastu" - Prayer For Well-Being (1993)

"Tirta Amerata" - At The Bath (1993)

"Loba Loba" - Greedy Greedy (1993)

Bagaimana? - what about?
Aduh! - wow!
Lihatla! - see!

"2" (1993)

"Boleh Saja" - It's Okay

"Intip" - Spyware (1994)

"Socked" (1994)

"Rush I"

"Rush II"

"Lotus Bed" (1994)

"Duet" (1994)

"Bike" (1994)
"For Only You Can Heal This Lonely Heart" (1994)

"I stayed at a small hotel in Bali, near Seminyak. The hotel was in the middle of a rice paddy.
At night, a great chorous of frogs could be heard. By day sparrows came to the rice ears.
In the water were fish, tadpoles and insects. A bird park was filled with blooming lotus.
These things all waited for me everywhere I went!
The Thai phrase means, 'You have smooth, deliscious-looking skin.'"




"Close I" (1998)

"Close II" (1998)

"Tathagata Mahavairocana I" (1999)

"Tathagata Mahavairocana II" (1999)

"Acalanatha" (1999)

"Ragaraja I" (1999)

"Ragaraja II" (1999)

20th October 1999

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