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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Green Candy (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931160546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931160544
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the great gay artists, whose drawings straddle life drawing in the manner of great painters, and something far more blatant and comic-style, complete with captions, Harry Bush thoroughly deserves this large volume of his work. He really could draw, so that each figure has some incredible poise and muscular accuracy, and faces with a lot of detail, worthy to stand alongside Tom of Finland, Blade, Etienne and the Hun. The captions often up the eroticism completely, making the whole scene so rude in a way that bars them from respectable gallery walls. But this is what is so effective about them - they are both disciplined and anarchic, show a lust for young men's sexual aspects and also a sense of the harmony of the body as a whole. Some of the best are a series of nerds who manage to get the hottest jocks into steamy situations, and a set of pencil drawings with the skimpiest undergarment drawn in pink, inadequately sized, with flowers on - both ridiculous and very sexy, given the explanatory texts making them seem like scenes from real life. There are also some calendar pages from Drummer magazine reproduced in a very big size, a number of works featuring a delightfully squat, buff teenage Cupid shooting arrows for his own purposes, and some earlier works in a more stencil-like style. The text is not too long and very well laid out, but the images dominate, making it a very enjoyable book to go through any number of times.
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Harry Bush was one of the early American gay porn artists - as pronounced in his proclamation of the joy of gay sex as Tom of Finland, if a bit more subtle in his artistic portrayal. Like Tom, he was a brilliant artist and his work, as exemplified in this excellent book, was varied. However varied, it is invariably highly erotic and imaginative. Not to be missed.
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Harry Bush Is one of, if not The finest artists of gay male erotic drawing in my humble opinion, his renderings of the male physique are electrifying, this book also gives an insight in to the artist life and his struggle with his sexuality
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUN SPLASHED RASCALS 20 Nov. 2007
By BOYWAY - Published on Amazon.com
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A witty,light hearted and very energetic collection of crisp graphite drawings celebrating the sexy good times of the classic all-american, fresh faced lad. Mr.Bush's lush color pencil drawing mixes anatomical accuracy with bold cartoony touches brilliantly. His masterful rendering skills carves every muscle tone lovingly, obsessively etching and shading the biceps,deltoids, six pack and obliques to sheer perfection.Further more, Mr. Bush's sharp eye for only the most masculine young hunks playing out the classic 'boys will be boys' fantasy makes for a very unique and instantly recognizable body of work. The sun splashed settings and the happy go lucky attitude of his subjects gives the work a light and innocent spark. This unique approach clearly separates Mr. Bush's drawings from the two basic catagories that seems to dominate most contemporary homo-erotic art: the all too familiar gritty-piggy-sleaze (yawn) or the ridiculously glossy,extremely femme muscle queens(yuck). Mr. Bush worked from the 60's through the 80's and captured the mood of contemporary manhood in each era.His hilariously cute tongue-in-cheek narratives on many of the star boy toys from the 70's and 80's television and movies makes very clear just how popular the man-boy fantasy has been in American mass media. And considering the dark undertones of the artist's personal life, it's fascinating how bright and optimistic the mood of the work is. Mr. Bush's work shares the same enthusiasm for frisky teens as those depicted in the infamous catalogues that mr. Bruce Weber shot for Abercrombie and Fitch, which were soon banned for too much joyful nudity (courtesy of some joy starved censors). Marky Mark's sexy, cool persona in those sizzling Calvin Klein ads also comes to mind. God bless those incorrigible rascals..long may they rule (yeah)!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any lover of the drawn male form. 3 Jan. 2008
By Alan Everett Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I saw this book at a small bookstore and I bought it without hesitation. I didn't have to look inside, because I knew it didn't matter. It would be great no matter what. After seeing snippets of Mr. Bush's work online and in magazines, a monograph of his work has been on my mental wish list for years. As a child growing up reading comics, interested in art, and gay, I've always been taken with the precision and perfection exhibited in Harry's drawings. His art is somewhat hard to describe. The care and time put in to each drawing suggests painstaking realism, which causes the viewer to overlook some of the blatant exaggerations in the subjects' superhung endowment. Compared to Tom of Finland's work, which is too cartoony for my taste, Harry portrays a realistically exaggerated world of beautiful characters in the throes of budding manhood. The drawings are both erotic and fun, in addition to interesting to study as art. The almost all pencil-drawn pieces are crystal clear, with great care given to line weight and shading. The reproductions of the original pieces are very well done in the book, capturing little nuances like the texture of the paper they were drawn on, and notes Harry wrote to himself while drawing them.

I could write for days about this book, but in short I'd like to thank the authors for releasing it. Based on the story of Harry's life and attitude, it seems it is nearly a miracle that the drawings still exist for the world to enjoy.

As a college student in my early 20's, I never experienced gay culture before Stonewall; before AIDS. The art in this book portrays a care-free fun attitude throughout the '60's and '70's that I wish still existed. Even if it never really existed that way, Mr. Bush did a good job of making the fantasy as real as it could be.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing artistry of Harry Bush 18 Dec. 2007
By David E. Exline - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone with an appreciation for gay male erotic art, this book is a MUST! Harry Bush was (is) clearly one of the great American illustrators, and this collection of images is a brilliant testament to his courage as a gay man in a gay-unfriendly world! The images are not only titilating, but each conveys a sense of humor and charm that would make virtually any adult observer feel at ease. This book just might swing a few homo-phobics on over to the "other side"... ENJOY!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and educational--great contribution to the genre 28 Mar. 2008
By Douglas Simonson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an artist who specializes in the male nude, I found this book to be extremely inspiring and educational. Everytime I look at a Harry Bush drawing I learn more about anatomy, and how better to capture the male figure not only accurately but with panache. This book is a treasure trove of beautiful works from an artist who has not been sufficiently recognized for his contributions to the genre. I'm very grateful to the people responsible for making it happen!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all american homos 7 Dec. 2007
By Gregg M. Woolard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Pretty good book. Nice large format, full page images, fat and heavy. Interesting bio of the artist too. Seems he was on the verge of destroying his oeurve at the end of his life, when the author stepped in and saved it. The artist's personality seemed very at odds with the imagery he produced. The work is all-american, Norman Rockwell, go-go USA, porn, while Bush seemed an angst ridden eccentric. The drawings are infused with a boy-man innocence that works against giant cum churning balls and colossal endowments resulting in a playful hardcore notion of sexuality. Perhaps it is a notion coming out of the '60's, when porn was of a more innocent, playful sort, before triple X and raunch came into major play. Bush's line is beautiful, and his drawings are great. Major Fine Art? I don't know. He wasn't working towards that, but maybe in todays' market, he would have.
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