Friday, April 4, 2014

BEN KIMURA

BY BEN KIMURA

Ben Kimura (January 1947 - February 18, 2003) was the "face" of Japanese gay magazines (Tagame's encomium) from the early 1970s through 2002. He provided the covers and story illustrations for virtually all the issues of Barazoku and Sabu magazines during that time. Kimura' style is unique among contemporary Japanese homoerotic artists. The bodies are idealized yet alluringly masculine. The faces are boyish yet with realistic expressions; petulant, moody, brooding, soulful, or pouty yet always sensuous.

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