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Sadao Hasegawa

Sadao Hasegawa

Sadao Hasegawa

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This is the first posthumous book by Japanese artist Sadao Hasegawa, dedicated to Hasegawa’s rarely-published archive of works.

Hasegawa's work is notable for incorporating Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian and African mythology, combined with homo-erotic depictions of hyper-masculine men, in acts of BDSM.

Beauty, eroticism and death are recurring themes in Hasegawa’s work; he was inspired by Nobel Prize nominee Yukio Mishima. After Hasegawa’s suicide in 1999, his family was going to dispose of the artists archive but discovered a portrait of Mishima painted on a stone, accompanied by a note requesting that the works be managed by Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo, where the artists estate lives on today.

Whilst gaining acclaim in queer publications in the USA and Europe, Hasegawa's works have not been widely recognized: his only book is the highly collectable Paradise Visions (Kochi Studio, 1996).

  • Published by Baron Books UK
  • First edition reprint from November 2023
  • 76 Pages
  • Hardback Book
  • 200 W x 250 H

This is the first posthumous book by Japanese artist Sadao Hasegawa, dedicated to Hasegawa’s rarely-published archive of works.

Hasegawa's work is notable for incorporating Japanese, Indian, South-East Asian and African mythology, combined with homo-erotic depictions of hyper-masculine men, in acts of BDSM.

Beauty, eroticism and death are recurring themes in Hasegawa’s work; he was inspired by Nobel Prize nominee Yukio Mishima. After Hasegawa’s suicide in 1999, his family was going to dispose of the artists archive but discovered a portrait of Mishima painted on a stone, accompanied by a note requesting that the works be managed by Gallery Naruyama in Tokyo, where the artists estate lives on today.

Whilst gaining acclaim in queer publications in the USA and Europe, Hasegawa's works have not been widely recognized: his only book is the highly collectable Paradise Visions (Kochi Studio, 1996).

  • Published by Baron Books UK
  • First edition reprint from November 2023
  • 76 Pages
  • Hardback Book
  • 200 W x 250 H