Jeff Faerber's Bisexual Threesome and Gaming Geisha
22 februari 2022 
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Jeff Faerber's Bisexual Threesome and Gaming Geisha

Two new paintings by the American shunga artist Jeff Faerber (1974). The pose of the intimate couple in the first one (Fig.1) is copied from the 19th century ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849 - Fig.2b). 

Indication of Disgust

The position of the toes in the classic shunga image was an indication of the pleasure the woman was or was not experiencing. Curled toes indicate euphoria and spread toes indicate disgust (often shown in rape scenes), The artist gives a funny twist on this fact by making the two feet of the multi-tasking geisha contradict each other. The second features a bisexual threesome (Fig.1) involving one male and two heavily tattooed female lovers. 

jeff faerber geisha with iPhoneFig.1. Title: "Quivering throes of rapture drive through the young duo's bodies as slowly the accuracy of their conjectures are unveiled, the vowels and consonants exposed in a stimulating reveal, but their initial guesses of “throb” “thrill” and “throe” belie their minds’ underlying focus"

Artist's comments:

Wordle Shunga

I usually have pieces started for months and months before I finish them, but then this word game called Wordle became a huge sensation (or at least in America it did).  After, I became hooked on the game, I knew right away I wanted to do a Wordle shunga but none of my pieces lent themselves to having both characters holding their phones.  I quickly found a Hokusai where both partners where looking in different directions, and if I shifted the hands just slightly, I could get both of them playing on their devices. I mostly kept true to the original, but then when I got the patterns on the robes, I decided to alter it slightly as the Hokusai robes seemed like they would be annoying to paint.

jeff faerber geisha with iPhone detailFig.1a.

Hokusai Jeff FaerberFig.1b.  From Vol.2 of Hokusai's 'Ehon Tamakazura (The Jewelled Wig)' series, published around 1820

jeff faerber threesomeFig.2. Title: "The throuple elated, their engorged zones of pleasure ever expanding, filled with the passion of a hundred burning suns, as they succumb to the tumult and passionate chaos caused by an impulsive group text: '👅🌮👅🍑2nite?'

Accidental Threesome

The second piece, was based more on trying a new composition with three figures. I've done so many of these pieces so only having two people in them seems like I'm repeating myself. So I'm pushing myself to try to include more props, or positions, and more partners.  Something about an accidental threesome seems amusing to me, so I tried to have the title imply that the three characters' plans all impulsively crashed into each other and this is what resulted.

jeff faerber threesome detailFig.2a.

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Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
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