Bara Gay Male Art Introduction

Introduction to Bara Gay Male Art


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What to look for: You should evaluate for yourself what type of man you see depicted by an artist within this genre. Does the man look strong? Does he also look vulnerable? Does his expression convey his fears or does he conceal his feelings? What does his physical appearance (muscles, physical health, etc.) tell you about him? Can you imagine yourself being in the situation or scenario that you see him in? Are you aware of the historical or cultural origins of the depictions you are viewing?

Worth collecting?: Is there a street value of this particular art? Is the art mainly available in galleries or museums? Is the art accessible to you where you live other than online?

What are your feelings when viewing this art?: What emotional responses do you have when you see a particular visual work? Do you find what you see arousing? What were you expecting to feel when you approached this art? What meanings do you assign to what you see depicted?


Since the concept and practices of bara art originated in Japan, it is best to start there to introduce you to an awareness and understanding of this genre.

Sadeo Hasegawa

Born in 1945 and died in 1999, this artist contributed significantly to the reputation of Japanese art worldwide. His work was hand-drawn and is very distinctive and easily identifiable especially for how it blends the realistic with the abstract.

He frequently depicted rope bondage which was historically used in Japan to restrain and punish defeated military captives during interrogations prior to their executions. The young Japanese men shown in his works as restrained against with rope their will can be interpreted as metaphors representing the repression of innate and powerful sexual feelings no man can disregard in himself.

The artist who so frequently depicted rope in his works apparently was tormented by unresolved emotional issues.

He took his own life. He was found with a rope around his neck affixed to a door knob.

Gengoroh Tagame

This is the pseudonym for a Japanese artist (born in 1964) who is still living and who is quite prolific in his output of bara art.

This artist freely expresses his inner visions of masculine men depicted in sexualized violence. He has succeeded in effectively separating himself from historic high levels of Japanese cultural repression of a men’s sexual desires and behaviors.


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Disclaimer: As guided by section 107 of the US Copyright Law, here you will find images which have not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner for posting. Images are made available in particular for instructional and educational purposes to train or coach or mentor viewers regarding the available ways for creating visual art. Specifically, images are presented to explain and evaluate or critique issues, procedures and techniques evident in the work of artists so that viewers will be encouraged to express themselves by creating their own visual works.

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