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Remembering Japan’s femdom artist Namio Harukawa

The mysterious artist recently passed away

  • Salomé Grouard
  • 2 May 2020
Remembering Japan’s femdom artist Namio Harukawa

On April 24, the fetish artist publicly known as Namio Harukawa was announced dead. The news was reported by Yuko Kitagawa, a close friend of his, who is also a video game producer.

In his statement, he described Harukawa as a "dandy" and "shy" mentor that managed to help him develop his "passion for SM" [sadomasochism]. It is clear that the enigmatic Japanese fetish artist left behind him a brilliant and unique career.

Harukawa was known to specialise in 'femdom' better known as 'female domination'. Most of his artwork features nonchalant, voluptuous and elegant women dominating and humiliating smaller men. The latter are usually half-naked and are being erotically suffocated from underneath these women. Harukawa also used human furniture and bondage in his drawings. Take a look at some of his most iconic drawings below:

The enigmatic man was born in 1947 in Osaka, Japan. He started contributing to the world of fetish when he was only a high school student by publishing his drawings in 'Kitan Clu', a post-war magazine that was publishing sadomasochistic content. Later, in the 1960s, he developed his pen name, Namio Harukawa. His real name is real, his exact age, as well as his face, is still a mystery for most of his fans.

Even though Harukawa spent his whole career in the fetish industry, his work only got the recognition it deserved in the last decade. Public figures such as Japanese artists Oniroku Dan or Shūji Terayama, or international ones such as Madonna, openly praised his unique art. In 2013, 71 of his drawings were exposed in the Museum of Erotics in Paris. In total, he published three books in the past 11 years. Read more about the artist here.

[via DAZED]

Drawings founds on: https://www.instagram.com/artworkbynamio/

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