New Artist: Andonmaru

At this year’s Mardi Gras Festival, we will be introducing a new artist who, up until now, has never exhibited in Australia or even on the web. Once again this year we have works from a number of interesting artists in our exhibition, not least of which are Andonmaru’s cute and somewhat wacky characters. Andomaru is a completely new breed of comedic artist the likes of which has not been seen before.
Artist’s comment: Usually symbolic images of the mature male are portrayed as either simply humorous or as the opposite of what is considered beauty (i.e. naïveté). This is a tradition which extends back to the Zen Buddhist literati paintings of the middle ages right up until the manga of today. I began to think to myself, why can’t I paint gay-art versions of these symbolic images? My concept is to take these representations and interpret them from a homo-erotic perspective.
Artist Profile: Born in 1973, Andonmaru didn’t take up painting until well into his 30s. A lover of Showa-era gag manga and stocky, bearded men, his works are filled with eroticism and humour.

Omatabiraki By Andonmaru

Omatabiraki By Andonmaru


Hikyaku by Andonmaru

Hikyaku by Andonmaru


Sansukekagyo by Andonmaru

Sansukekagyo by Andonmaru


Sansuizu By Andonmaru

Sansuizu By Andonmaru


Takoage by Andonmaru

Takoage by Andonmaru