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Sadao Hasegawa LINGA

2000.12.1 - 12.20

Aside from a few, intermittent appearances in gay magazines, Sadao Hasegawa's monograph “PARADISE VISION” (1996 Kochi Studio) has been his only introduction in Japan. Gaining much attention overseas, with publications in the UK and numerous contributions to magazines in the US and Europe, Hasegawa's works have not been done justice here in his home country. With great influences from Edo-Period Shungas (erotic art), his obsession and display of beauty in the male body and sex combined with Asian motifs result in a truly concentrated representation of eroticism.


1950s Born in Tokai area of Japan in the 1950's. Travels to India during his 20's. Starts to take up drawing on his own.
1973 Exhibition Sadao Hasegawa's Alchemism-Meditation for 1973 in Tokyo, Japan. Presents oil painting, collages, drawings and sculptures.
1990 Publishes SADAO HASEGAWA from G.M.P Co. England. Refuses numerous offers to exhibit overseas, not wanting to distribute his works abroad. Starts to wander around Indonesia and Thailand.
1996 Paradise Vision published from Kochi Studio.
1999 Dies in Bankok, Thailand.
2000 exhibition Exhibition LINGA at Gallery Naruyama, due to the request of the family of Sadao, whom found a will written by Sadao before his death.