48 Daring Examples of Trevor Brown's Disturbingly Cute BDSM 'Dolls'
23 april 2021 
39 min. read

48 Daring Examples of Trevor Brown's Disturbingly Cute BDSM 'Dolls'

Trevor Brown (1959) is an English artist who has been living and working in Japan since 1994.  His provocative subject matter seems to instantly divide its audience, in two groups, lovers and haters. Brown uses strong contrasts in his work; dark (bondage, injury, swastikas, etc.) versus light (cuteness, innocence, pre pubescent girls, stuffed animals,etc.). His opposed attitude and love for controversy is grounded in the punk ethos of the late 70’s Britain when he came of age.

Trevor Brown bdsm bunny

Fig.1.

Kawaii

In the perception of the superficial Western observer Brown’s work can easily be pushed into the light of pedophile glorification. But his art is actually a counter reaction to the Japanese cultural phenomenon called Kawaii (literally translated ‘cute’ or ‘sweet’), that represents the culture of cuteness in Japan. This has probably to do with the desired effort of the Japanese to cherish the childlike behavior inside of them.

Fetish Eye Masks

In Brown’s universe the cute little girls have black eyes, bruised or bloody mouths, and are rigged with medical instruments. They look at us with their big manga eyes and share their deep sad melancholy sometimes emphasized by fetish eye masks. This direct contrast enhances the force of Trevor Brown’s imagery into an outlandish importance that is difficult to resist.

Trevor Brown bdsm skeleton

Fig.2.

Japanese Adolescent Female

Although his work is mainly bought by Western collectors, Brown is among the few Western artists who also succeeded in building an art career in Japan. The typical Trevor Brown fan is a young Japanese adolescent female. There are even Japanese websites and blogs where numerous female fans mimic the scenarios and poses of the heroines in his paintings.

Nazis Are Sexy

Probably Brown’s most (in)famous series is Li’l Miss Sticky Kiss and in particular the painting Nazis are Sexy (Fig.3). It shows a pre-pubescent girl with a swollen black eye, dressed as a SM mistress wearing a peaked cap and a costume with a large swastika on it, while holding a concentration-camp Doberman. Some critics assumed the black eye is evidence of child abuse. In an earlier interview Brown reacts,’Who said she was a victim of child abuse?’ ‘How do people immediately come to that conclusion? They are making the sinister associations, not me — yet I get the blame for them! You want to make people think or affect them. To that end I do consciously make my work ambiguous and open to misinterpretation , deliberately sending out conflicting messages.’

Trevor Brown girl with a dog swastika

Fig.3. ‘Nazis are Sexy, Li’l Miss Sticky Kiss‘ (2002)

Special Facts

In the past, Brown designed record covers for controversial underground artists such as G.G. Allin, John Zorn and Deicide.

His work is sometimes confused with that of the Pop Surrealist Mark Ryden (Fig.4).

He has been banned for life by Paypal after a person complained to them about his work. They immediately without warning closed his account after deeming his work to be pornography involving minors.

Unlike Paypal, we try to look further and do give this artist a stage. Judge for yourself…

Mark Ryden lowbrow art nurse

Fig.4. ‘Nurse Sue’ (2006) by Mark Ryden

Trevor Brown hull

Fig.5.

Trevor Brown angel

Fig.6.

Trevor Brown art

Fig.7.

Trevor Brown fellatio

Fig.8.

Trevor Brown suffocation

Fig.9. ‘Shrinkwrapped

Trevor Brown puppet

Fig.10.

Trevor Brown

Fig.11. ‘Saint Sebastianna’, Rubber Doll‘ (2005) Oil

Trevor Brown Lowbrow

Fig.12.

Trevor Brown bdsm

Fig.13. ‘Crash Ballet’, Rubber Doll‘ (2005) Oil

Trevor Brown girl with condom balloons

Fig.14. ‘Balloon girl‘ (2018), Oil

Trevor Brown nurse

Fig.15.

Trevor Brown bdsm pin up

Fig.16. ‘Sad Eyes’, La Nursery Noire‘ (2017), Oil

Trevor Brown blood bag

Fig.17.

Trevor Brown julia dream

Fig.18. ‘Julia Dream’, La Nursery Noire‘ (2018), Oil

Trevor Brown caterpillar

Fig.19. ‘Alice Kowai’, Trevor Brown’s Alice‘ (2007)

Trevor Brown Alice and the spider

Fig.20. ‘Alice Kurai’, Trevor Brown’s Alice‘ (2008), Oil

Trevor Brown Humpty Dumpty

Fig.21. ‘Dumpty’, Trevor Brown’s Alice‘ (2008), Oil

Trevor Brown suicide hara kiri

Fig.22. ‘Seppuku’, Girls War‘ (2009), Oil

Trevor Brown mutilated doll

Fig.23.

Trevor Brown girl with wings on a flying black dildo

Fig.24.

Trevor Brown nurunuru

Fig.25. ‘Nurunuru‘ (2017)

Trevor Brown girl walking in a field of penises

Fig.26.

girl surrounded by erotic toys

Fig.27.

sitting on the toilet art

Fig.28. ‘Girl on Toilet’, Evil / Forbidden Fruit‘ (1995), Airbrush

sad girl with dolls art

Fig.29.

Trevor Brown dead girl

Fig.30. ‘Caterpillar Garden’, Trevor Brown’s Alice‘ (2009), Oil

Trevor Brown girl with snorkel

Fig.31. ‘Rubber Duck

Medical Bondage Trevor Brown

Fig.32. ‘Medical Bondage‘ (1992) (Source: babyart.krowndesign.com)

pregnant enema trevor brown

Fig.33. ‘Pregnant Enema‘ (1993)  (Source: babyart.krowndesign.com)

Trevor Brown Dark Art

Fig.34. ‘Piss Princess’. Girl’s War‘ (2011), Oil   (Source: babyart.krowndesign.com)

Trevor Brown Kawaii

Fig.35. ‘Survivalist’, Girls War‘ (2012), Oil  (Source: babyart.krowndesign.com)

trevor brown bdsm art

Fig.36.

trevor brown barbed wire

Fig.37.

trevor brown bondage

Fig.38.

trevor brown bondage art

Fig.39.

trevor brown femme fatale

Fig.40.

trevor brown girl in the men's room

Fig.41.

trevor brown girl tied in video tape

Fig.42.

trevor brown nurse in bed

Fig.43.

trevor brown censored Instagram

Fig.44.

Trevor Brown Dolls riding deer

Fig.45. ‘Girl’s sanctuary Vol.2: jumping and running” online exhibition at mauve gallery (July 22 to 30 2021)

trevor brown girl's praise

Fig.46. ‘Girl’s Praise‘ (2020)

trevor brown tied cats

Fig.47.

Trevor Brown BDSM dolls

Fig.48.

Trevor Brown Uka

Fig.49. ‘Uka‘ (2020)

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You can check out more of Brown’s art on the artist’s site or his Instagram account..!!

Sources: shockblast.net, prince-karyu.tumblr.com, INSIDE Artzine, yknow-interviews.blogspot.com/

What do you think about the disturbing ‘doll’ pieces of Trevor Brown? Leave your reaction in the comment box below…!!

About the author
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.
Courcelle
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Courcelle

on 23 Apr 2021

All that is awful and ridiculous. I suggested to post pictures of Vidoudez and Dubout that are much better. Nothing has been done! I regret Bruno Courcelle

Marijn
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Marijn

on 23 Apr 2021

Thanks Courcelle. As I said earlier, those artists you suggested will definitely be covered in the near future.

Alexandre Rodrigues
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Alexandre Rodrigues

on 23 Apr 2021

I already knew the work of Trevor Brown, but this selection of images is fantastic. To appreciate Trevor Brown's work, one must understand the kawaii culture in Japan, its origins and the importance it has there. Congratulations, Marijn.

Marijn
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Marijn

on 23 Apr 2021

Thanks Alexandre, I'm pleased you like the images. You're right, the key in understanding his art is exploring Kawaii in order to look at it with Japanese eyes.

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