Started by FreakAnimalFinland, March 13, 2010, 11:14:00 AM
QuoteRobert K. Bishop"Bishop"Born in the state of Michigan, "Bishop" became an illustrator who studied art in the city of Detroit (Michigan Art School). His early works that reached notoriety after his beginnings with Centurians Publications, and other assorted early "Scene" magazines created a following, this writer included, that to this day grows larger.Often referred to only as "Bishop", he is best known for his black and white work, with the use of airbrush to generate texture and sheen to his drawings.He is considered by many to be the pre-eminent Master of bondage illustrations repeatedly featuring helpless women straining in stringent bondage, usually dressed in latex, and heavily gagged.Having expressed concerns with the "politically correct yet consensual, "Harmony Philosophy" pertaining to fiction, he directed his endeavors with the House of Milan, and it was with HOM that much of his most published works were seen,including the "Fanny Hall" erotic comic series, and covers for the Geoffrey Merrick, and Frank Campbell novels. The rest is History.He just followed his natural instincts and pretty much updated his memories of John Willie's work, much in the same way Lucas and Spielberg updated their memories of Saturday matinee serials for their Indiana Jones -- i.e., with a vengeance.In addition to his artistry, he added a strong heterosexual element hithertofore essentially ignored by other artists. In spite of being somewhat revolutionary, he thought nothing of it and was even surprised when asked why he didn't use a "nom de perv" pseudonym like virtually everyone else in the industry. Although "Bishop" was well suited to the genre, it was his real name.Barb (Barbara Behr) Bish, and HOM were the only game in town until Harmony was created much much later. By then, in fact, Barb was already itching to split off to create California Star and Bish's will was beginning to flag. But prior to that he had created much of the most glorious BD art ever drawn.He was certainly a loner and a something of a recluse, especially after he left HOM, but he also spent a lot of timeprior to that as a motorcycle enthusiast, an avid moviegoer, a comic book fan, and fine photographer.From my research it is suggested that he was an avid gun enthusiast, though not really a collector, per se. He had rifles and hand-guns which he used for target shooting in the hills, but stopped a bit short of being a collection.Sadly, "The Bishop" ended his own life at the age of 46. For reasons known but to himself. It is not up to me to either question his actions nor to judge him by them. Each man must do what he feels in his heart and mind.In reality, "The Bishop" will never be gone from us. His works, and his memory live on.My thanks to Hunter Rose who helped complete my compendium of known works, and also my sinceregratitude to Geoffrey Merrick for sharing with me, some personal insight about his friend. Additionaly Mistress Michelle has recently included her thoughts which can be read below.
QuoteFor the month of June we honor Robert Bishop. In 1979 , while doing a photo shoot for HOM I met Robert Bishop. The same day I also met Campbell. Campbell , Bill Ward and Bishop in Bondage were the three main B&D artist of that time. Some also say Wiley and Stanton. Bob however touched me because after the photo shot he presented me with a drawing he had done of myself. Bob Bishop started drawing bondage over 43 years ago for Centurian Publishing. Because Centurian was not big enough to pay his salary he went to HOM for full time work and was there for nearly 20 years. Most of his drawings were done in the mid 70's and early 80's . In the mid 80's he took over as editor and chief. He did a few drawings at that time and left around 1988. He died suddenly in 1991. We corresponded for years until I lost touch. He is surely missed.Mistress Michelle
QuoteBenson2000 - He is definitely the most published and successful illustrator of the bizarre – more than 50 books have been illustrated by Simon Benson. He consequently draws up scenarios others don't even dare to think of. Hi clear, distinctive style throws a glaring spotlight onto the darkest of human fantasies. BENSON2000 contains a selection of brand new, all previously unpublished material, a lot of them in full colour. Format 24 x 16 cm, 96 pages
Quote from: Tommy Carlsson on March 21, 2010, 07:53:19 PMTom deserves his own thread, right?
Quote from: Tommy Carlsson on March 21, 2010, 07:53:19 PMThe old big hardcover Taschen did around 10 years ago (can' remember the exact title) was somewhat impressive, although the paper quality sucked, as did most of the repro work.
Quote from: Strömkarlen on March 21, 2010, 09:34:39 PMQuote from: Tommy Carlsson on March 21, 2010, 07:53:19 PMThe old big hardcover Taschen did around 10 years ago (can' remember the exact title) was somewhat impressive, although the paper quality sucked, as did most of the repro work. Was that the book the looked really heavy but was actually really light?
Quote from: FreakAnimalFinland on March 19, 2010, 05:53:46 PMThere are plenty of John Willie's works of all types. He was author, photographer as well as beyond excellent illustrator. Think about the biggest masters of old school USA pin-up (a'la Alberto Vargas, George Petty, etc..), but just high heels, long gloves, rope, gags, shackles... comics style: illustrations:Letter section of the magazine sometimes accused to be invented letters, but also famous characters like Fakir Musafar writes in some issues about his rituals & body modifications, which were indeed some pioneer works just like Willie's works. It's quite strange how "close" some of these things are. F.M.'s Bodyplay magazines used to be found in some comic shops, despite they contain no drawings really. Was exposed to some of them very early on. When he published his Spirit+Flesh hardcoverbook 6 years ago, I knew I had to get it. Wrote to man directly and told him I just saw short document piece of him aired in biggest Finnish TV channels. He was very surpriced about that. Got to purchase signed 1st edition of the book (well, it's still available - signing included, hah..). But still, to see how distant, but somehow amazingly close some of these infamous characters are. Willie never made big$ and died from illness in early 60's. Fakir is still around. Modern Primitives (Re/search) also includes plenty of that.Anyways, one could guess that Willies influence on anyone after him is pretty extensive. Direct or indirect. And if this mans work is unknown, he'd be probably among first ones essential to check out.