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goh mishima

A burgeoning subculture emerged after World War II alongside the gay underground. The Yakuza -- the so-called "Japanese Mafia",with taciturn manliness, cropped haircuts, and elaborate body tattoos -- exerted a fascination for the artist that became a signature attribute of his later artwork. His friendship with Yukio Mishima was, not surprisingly, forged at a gymnasium. Both shared an interest in bodybuilding, karate, fencing, and other sports, as well as an admiration of the male body and the attributes of masculinity.

At Yukio Mishima's encouragement, the artist began to express his homoerotic desires in his artwork, and he began to draw the male nude in earnest, including the realistic depiction of genitals, which was illegal.

Around the same period, during the late 50s and early 60s, Mishima became familiar with and admired the drawings of Tom of Finland (1920-1991). Of the same generation, there are many similarities in their artistic output and socio-sexual impact.

After Yukio Mishima committed seppuku (ritualistic hari-kiri) in 1970, Goh Mishima's work took a darker, more violent turn. Reflecting the influence of his friend and mentor, Mishima began to depict bondage, torture, and masochism in his work.

Please be aware that these drawings are marked on the back with the artist's stamp.


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15" x 25.75"
pastel, watercolor, ink and graphite on
paper
date unknown
$2,000

catalog no. GOM001


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19.5" x 13.75"
pencil and watercolor (prince albert) on pencil
date unknown
$1,500
(SOLD)
catalog no. GOM002


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13.75" x 9.75"
pencil on paper
date unknown
$800

catalog no. GOM003


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14.25" x 10"
pastel, watercolor, ink and graphite on
paper
date unknown
$1,500

catalog no. GOM004


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9.75" x 13.75"
ink and watercolor on paper
date unknown
$1,500
(SOLD)

catalog no. GOM005


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13.75" x 9.75"
pastel, watercolor, ink and graphite on
paper
date unknown
$1,500

catalog no. GOM006


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14.25" x 10.25"
pastel, watercolor, ink and graphite on
paper
date unknown
$1,500
(SOLD)

catalog no. GOM007


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16.25" x 8.75"
pastel, watercolor, ink and graphite on
paper
date unknown
$1,500

catalog no. GOM008