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The Fisherman's Dream: Homosexual Prints of the Mexican Artist Felix d'Eon

10 min

Felix d'Eon is a Mexican printmaker who focuses on the theme of homosexuality. In his works, Felix exploits wide-known fine art motifs like fauns, mermaids, centaurs, medieval knights. The artist also refers to famous texts, paintings or movies (e. g. Le Voyage dans la Lune of Georges Méliès, 1902, fig. 1) to legitimize gay and lesbian relationships in the paradigm of the previous culture. 

Kissing Lesbian Courtesans

The pictures are printed on the old paper and decorated with frames and signatures, which makes them look authentic. Felix d'Eon refers to many traditions across the world: European, Mexican, Japanese, and even Russian, so, looking at his prints, you may read Edo kanji or Soviet slogans decorating the image of kissing lesbian courtesans or gay soldiers.

 felix d'eon Love Rocket

Fig. 1. Love Rocket (instagram.com)

 felix d'eon Red and White Rose

Fig. 2. Red and White Rose (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Bedroom Poem 7

Fig. 3. Bedroom Poem 7 (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Small Pillow Poem 17

Fig. 4. Small Pillow Poem 17 (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Small Pillow Poems 4 

Fig. 5. Small Pillow Poems 4 (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Small Pillow Poems

Fig. 6. Small Pillow Poems (society6.com) 

Wayward Twins

Felix d'Eon was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to a Mexican mother and a French father. According to his blog, Felix has a twin brother, musician Marcelito d'Eon. After losing their father, the family moved to LA. As Felix started manifesting enthusiasm for art at 15, his mother sent him to the drawing courses at a local community college. 

Running From Home

Though loving art, Felix wasn't a good student and preferred running from home with his brother back to Mexico, where they lived on a beach for nearly a year. At that period, the brothers worked as models in Mexico City, and Felix also earned money as a street artist. After graduation from high school, which made him return to LA, the artist spent some time in San Francisco, attaining education at the Academy of Art University. 

felix d'eon Small Bedroom 

Fig. 7. Small Bedroom (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Jomon

Fig. 8. Jomon (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Silent Pines

Fig. 9. Silent Pines (etsy.com)

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Fig. 10. This Position (instagram.com)

felix d'eon  Kinbaku

Fig. 11. Kinbaku (society6.com)

 felix d éon gay art Oh-oh

Fig. 12. Oh-oh (instagram.com)

 felix d'eon  Quiet Thoughts

Fig. 13. Quiet Thoughts (instagram.com)

 felix d'eon homosexual art

Fig. 14. Fox Fiasco (society6.com)

 felix d'eon Japanese Steam Bath

Fig. 15. Japanese Steam Bath (etsy.com)

Everyone Should Have Goals

As it was stated on the artist's website, which is now inaccessible, "Felix has spent time since college in various cities around the world, such as New Orleans (where the brothers were strippers at The Corner Pocket), New York (a job as an erotic cake decorator), Milan, Italy (a kept boy), Tennessee (a gentleman farmer) and Buenos Aires (a man of leisure). His permanent home is in Mexico City" (taken from gayinfluence.blogspot.com). 

Nude Beach

In his blog, Felix writes that "My twin, the talented musician Marcelito d'Eon and I share an addiction to art, music, boys, and most especially, travel. I feel that everyone should have goals, and ours include visiting every nude beach in Europe, every bath-house in Asia, and every Dude Ranch here in the States" (blogger.com). Nowadays, Felix is "dedicated to the art of queer love" as he states in his Instagram profile, where you can find more prints. 

 felix d'eon Edo Merman

Fig. 16. Edo Merman (etsy.com)

 Felix d’Eon The Fisherman’s Dream

Fig. 17. Left: Hokusai, Tako To Ama; right: Felix d’Eon The Fisherman’s Dream (society6.com)

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Fig. 17a. The Fisherman’s Dream (society6.com)

The Fisherman's Dream

Gender bending is a distinctive feature of the art of Felix d'Eon, allowing him to show us what it would look like if ama divers were male. As we know from the text of the famous shunga piece, octopi captured the diver because they wanted to taste the delicious vaginal liquid which was also used in medicine of that time. The sperm could attract the sea creatures too, as long as it was associated with energy and spirit, so the full conceptual analog of Hokusai's oeuvre involving cunnilingus would look like fellatio performed by an octopus. Another difference between the print of Felix d'Eon and the original shunga image lies in the absence of ambiguity that Hokusai manages to convey: the ama diver is both thrilled and excited by her experience. She wants to fight octopi, who are her enemies, and feels being not able to resist the pleasure.

Pure Sexual Pleasure

Felix's duo of the fisherman and the octopus doesn't have any story behind the scene, and the accent is put on pure sexual pleasure. The fisherman treats the octopus as his pet that can do some amusing tricks with his ability to grab and suck. The Chinese proverb "a drop of semen is equal to ten drops of blood" means that ejaculation results in a big loss of energy. We think that if someone provided a fellatio version, the sex scene could evolve into the sight of a strange struggle between a man and a sea monster, corresponding with the spirit of Hokusai's original. 

Here are some other stunning vintage prints of Felix d’Eon:

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Fig. 18. Princely Pleasures (etsy.com)

felix d'eon Green Sleeves 

Fig. 19. Green Sleeves (etsy.com)

felix d'eon gay knight

Fig. 20. A Faun and a Knight 

 felix d'eon A Faun and a Knight

Fig. 21. Love Conquers Dragons 

 felix d'eon  In The Dragon’s Lair

Fig. 22. In The Dragon’s Lair 

felix d'eon L apres-midi d un faune 

Fig. 23. L apres-midi d un faune 

 felix deon La Fauna

Fig. 24. La Fauna

 felix deon Mythological erotica

Fig. 25. Mythological erotica 

 felix d'eon First Lessons

Fig. 26. First Lessons (society6.com)

 felix deon Mythological erotic art

Fig. 27. Mythological erotica (society6.com)

 felix deon Merman and Fish

Fig. 28. Merman and Fish 

 felix deon Los Sirenitos

Fig. 29. Los Sirenitos 

 felix d'eon Marine Views

Fig. 30 Marine Views

 felix d'eon Merman

Fig. 31. Merman 

 felix d'eon El Sirenito

Fig. 32. El Sirenito (society6.com)

felix d'eon The Siren’s Allure 

Fig. 33. The Siren’s Allure (etsy.com)

 felix d'eon Farewell Voyage

Fig. 34. Farewell Voyage 

 felix d'eon Farewell Voyage detail


felix d'eon Amor y Olas

Fig. 35. Amor y Olas 

 felix d'eon The Sea Princes

Fig. 36. The Sea Princes 

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Sources: .instagram.com/felixdeonart/; gayinfluence.blogspot.com; blogger.com; Julia Alora. Erasing shame and celebrating desire (nailedmagazine.com); etsy.com; society6.com