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Welcome to mitchmen, home of Mitchell's Art.

I only post occasionally here but in the sidebar you can connect to my two principal sites - my blog (where I talk about my work and pay tribute to artists who excite me) and my Yahoo! Group (where you can join my mailing list, read my stories and see my latest pictures).


There's also a link to a small gallery of my work here (last updated Aug 2016).
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hank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (updated Aug 2017).

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Wet Underwear

Diego Sechi photographed by Dylan Rosser
 
Wetting the skin of a model is a sure way to bring out the contours and details of his body in bright light, but wetting his underwear reveals more than just the secret contours within. A garment intended for civilised modesty instantly fails in contact with a natural element. There's a tantalising sense of sudden exposure here that is amplified by the model's furtive downward look - just to check.
 
Paradoxically, the wet creases encircling the legs actually increase the impression of tight containment, already created by the brightly coloured hems and waistband. This wet underwear show draws our attention to the lower part of this athlete's body and the truncation of his legs by the water level brings out the bulky substance and muscular tension of his thighs. 
 
This highly masculine imagery contrasts dramatically with the submissive hands on head pose with which the muscular model submits to the whims of the photographer and the vaguely threatening water in which he has been instructed to stand. It's a power relationship that always intrigues me, all the more so when the photograph seems intended to demonstrate just who is in control and who the controlled.
 
Photo by Dylan Rosser,
but you may find search engines more fruitful than his own site


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Tasty Morsel

 
We all like a cheeky chappie and I certainly have a soft spot for this image.
The tilted cap and underwear perfectly complement the boyish bravado of the pose.
Notice how the underwear, camera and background are colour co-ordinated. The yellow office chair  seems to have had less thought. It produces some meaty thighs, however it seems an odd accessory, one can imagine the boss walking in any minute and finding his project manager with trousers round his ankles.
 
Actually this image is a compendium of modern vanities, the selfie itself of course - the clue is in the name! Plus we have a man who finds himself irresistibly tasty. Finally an example of the self-obsession of the media with a photographer who takes a picture of a man taking a picture of himself. I have to say though, I love the result.
 
I haven't identified the model or the photographer and would welcome illumination from my readers on this.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Animal Strength




Tom Fritz - “Out Quicker Than A Hiccup”
(click on image to enlarge)
 
This remarkable image draws on two contrasting strands of masculine nostalgia, the vintage automobile and the romance of simple physical labour on the land. The artist has placed a suitably impressive tough-looking man at the centre of things, his physical attributes play second fiddle to the horses visually but their servitude embellishes his strength . The colour and lighting is as atmospheric and seductive as the subject matter. A celebration of things male. 
 
 
You can find more information on this artist at his website www.fritzart.com.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Gymnasts

Bruce Sergeant - Two Gymnasts
 
As the Commonwealth Games near, our thoughts turn to athletes.
This image was part of a spoof art book covering the life and times of Bruce Sergeant and also featuring work by other artists in his circle of friends. It was compiled by Mark Beard a couple of years ago. The art was real enough but it was all created by Beard, the artists in the book and their stories were pure fiction. Leaving the joke aside, the works in the book attributed to Sergeant are all 1930's style depictions of athletes, rowers, gymnasts etc treading much the same  ground as Leyendecker but in a distinctively different style. It's a terrific collection for anyone interested in the male form and sporting life.
 


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Muscle Loving Men

JR Matthews and Jay Roberts
 
Modern erotic videos generally bypass the romantic side of physical attraction and clothing is rapidly discarded (often in less than the twinkling of an eye). But it is distinctive ingredients like this which attract my interest, not acres of flesh. This image is striking not only for it's expression of man to man tenderness, but also the body-enhancing effect of the clinging T-shirts.  
 
 
This picture also captures the muscularity of the two models, this time by employing a close up, framing their shoulders. There's a subtle shift of mood to sensuality and desire which is portrayed most sensitively and softly without compromising the masculinity of the lovers.
 
Pictures from CockSureMen

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Face of Maturity

I don't think it matters if you like older men or hairy men, this picture captures a personality. Just terrific! I don't know the artist, the chin line has something of Drawfellas
Can any reader supply an ID?


Note:- Two readers have identified the artist as NM Rosario and there's a link in the comments below

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Gymnastics

 
Richard A Wright - Gymnast
 
The muscularity of gymnasts has always appealed to me and the ring exercises in particular demonstrate marvellous strength. The sport has had a new lease of life in the UK after Louis Smith's exploits in the Olympics and subsequently, but this vintage image by Richard A Wright captures it's enduring masculine appeal.