Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Genius of deMullotto


On April 15, 2009, I wrote up my first deMullotto post:

deMullotto is the brush name (?) for a Michigan-based artist who has created some of the most extraordinary B/D-S/M art I have ever seen.

My introduction to him was the publication 'Mark of the Master'.

An accomplished, commercial graphic artist in the entertainment business, he chose the name deMullotto in order to separate his B/D-S/M work from his bread and butter work; in a close-minded business, this decision enabled him to labor comfortably in both worlds.

Shortly, 'Mark of the Master' will be re-published by Creation Books.

The Creation Books printing of 'Mark of the Master' is the first volume in their Satanic Archives series.

After my initial post, I was contacted by a generous woman named Bridgette, a lifetime submissive.

 Bridgette is the model in this image

Bridgette is a trusted friend of and has worked with Mr. deMullotto, and was kind enough to inform me that he's been very sick. Due to his illness, he is now unable to use his hands to create the magnificent art he once did.

After a couple of email exchanges, Bridgette sent me jpegs of the pieces now appearing in today's blog.

Unlike deMullotto's earlier work, these are Photoshopped creations; deMullotto was one of the first artists to use Photoshop for work of this nature. Now much imitated, he pioneered a fresh and provocative form of computer graphics, and was at the forefront of a game-changing movement.

I hope you enjoy them.

They represent some of the final creations of a truly great artist whose talents are not as widely known as they should be.

I wish the ailing Mr. deMullotto well.


  1. ....a wonderful addition Phantom! might be interested to know that in the black and white image thats third from the bottom, the man in the black robe is deMullotto himself.....i believe its the only instance where he depicted himself in his work........

  2. Bridgette -- wow, thanks for this info. You and Mr. D on the same page!

  3. more trivia....the stunning Asian girl at the foot of the cross is Diane......supposedly the feet belong to me.....i believe deMullotto titled it "Final Sunset"..........

  4. Bridgette -- used your feet without surgery? No anesthetic? Interesting tidbit.

  5. Wow- how would you feel about these pictures if the subject matter were a dog, or a child?

  6. Anonymous -- that's actually a very good question and has gotten me thinking. Art like this is provocative because it depicts taboos. An appreciation of it does not imply comfort with its content. The murder of children is depicted in work such as Nicolas Poussin's 'Bethlehemitischer Child Murder'. Again, the provocation is the confronting of absolute taboos. Pietro da Cortona's work is also worth your consideration as it address similar subject matter. I'd recommend his 'Rape of the Sabines'. Take a look at Caravaggio's work, too. His 'John the Baptist' series is searing. Your question is interesting, but it is also obvious. I could posit the same question in relation to any movie involving the dismemberment of a man or woman: "How would you feel if the subject were a dog or child?" The answer is obvious.I'd react as any empathetic person. In fact, my reaction to the torture of this woman is the same. Children and animals elicit a stronger reaction because it's in our natures. None of this should preclude the creation of such art. That these works have inspired you to put pen to paper is evidence of their power to create a reaction and elicit questions. Thanks for writing.

  7. My reaction was different than the above views: I didn't like this stuff because the art looked cheap. The figures looked like mannikins; everything looked thrown together and too exact, like the computer animated kids' cartoons you see on tv.
    Strangely, a lot of modern horror fiction is now torture porn and makes this stuff look tame. But no one says boo. No one has questioned those authors' predilections and underlying motives. It's an odd double standard.

  8. The works you mention all depict events that happened; they provide a visual record of an historical event. But that is beside the point. Folks can put pencil to paper and produce whatever they like, I just wondered if you would enjoy looking at pictures of children or animals being tortured as well as women.

    And I agree with Mac, this stuff looks like third rate video game illustration at best. These works inspire nothing in me, not even disgust, perhaps because they are so cartoon- y. This post did inspire me to ask you a bit more about what you like to look at.

  9. Mac -- I am primarily an admirer of deMullotto's illustrated work. The pics I posted are from a private source close to the artist and simply represent his attempt at something different. Illustration is clearly his forte. Unfortunately, due to physical limitations, he can no longer use his hands to create.

    I agree that there is a massive double standard about horror fiction vs. horror film/graphics. I'm not sure what you mean about questioning a creator's "predilections and underlying motives", though. Why should any artist's motives be questioned? Artists create from a place that is not rational or concrete. Is Stephen King to be questioned because he writes about murder?


    Anonymous -- all art is fascinating if it is well done. For me, the best art is provocative. Again, your children and animals question is somewhat lazy rhetoric with an obvious answer.

    As I noted in my reply to Mac, I favor deMullotto's illustrative work rather than CGI work (see first blog link near the top of piece), but I posted these because someone was kind enough to send it to me, and they represent new material for me.

  10. I'll be cleared: A visual artist makes a Madonna out of elephant shut, or a crucifix floating in piss, and cue the lynch-mob. Some horror writers have invented monsters that rape women and then eat their fetuses, or supernatural madmen that torture women with four-foot phalluses, and no one says anything. In the horror fiction community, these guys are viewed no differently than the authors who might to go for more quiet and sophisticated approach.
    Thus, because the gore guys are never taken to task for their work, they begin to be representative of all horror. At least, that seems to be happening now.
    I know you think art should not be questioned, I get that in principle. But i think the display of art goes both ways. I'm not advocating censorship - I just don't believe in censoring anyone who might criticize art. How else do we know the emperor has no clothes?
    Ps. I'm glad to hear that de mulotto has other works besides the Photoshop stuff.

  11. Mac -- salient points! The gore guys do get the most attention (just like the squeaky door getting the oil!)

    I don't have an issue with art being questioned and discussed. I just don't think any artist has to justify "art" on moral grounds. Criticism is another thing. No problem with that.

    deMullotto's book 'Mark of the Master' is a goodie.

    My favorite artist of this ilk remains Toshio Saeki. You can search this blog for several of those.

  12. Bridgette addressing those comments that say the figures look "stiff" or like "mannequins"........people need to remember that the world of CGI has advanced by lightyears recently and that "de" hasnt been able to produce anything for six years now.......what you see in todays technology was PIONEERED by deMullotto.....remember that he was a professional graphic artist and as such had access to techniques that his contemporaries didnt..........todays greats such as Quoom, Uncle Sickey, et al will to a man acknowledge their debt to deMullotto.......

  13. Bridgette -- thank you for clarifying this point further... that deMullotto was one of the first to attempt this type of illustration, so shouldn't be judged based on today's advances. Of course, we all love his hand-drawn work more, but his digital art at least represented new work at the time. I am grateful that you shared this with me. Thank you so much.

  14. I really think he is the best poser artist we will ever see. I had his extreme work before a hard drive failure a few years ago. Is there any way to still buy his work anywhere or from him? Thanks for posting this!

  15. Anonymous -- go to Creation Books. They were selling a re-published 'Mark of the Master' (see my other blog post of that!) a couple months ago. I bought it for a very steep $75. I already had the original, so I was a little disappointed that it wasn't hardcover and better presented. Oh, well.

  16. Dear Anonymous:

    i have perhaps 25 of his "posers". If you want them, please let me know and i can get them to you..

  17. Sorry, I didn't check back for quite some time. Any chance of getting those posers still?

  18. sliced -- they're going up within the next week.

  19. Is there a way to contact deMullotto anymore about purchasing his work? I can't seem to find a way to purchase his latest work after his extreme site went down.

    1. Bridgette here.....sometime around the time of his stroke deMullotto's hard drive suffered a massive "coronary" and he has told me that nearly all of his work "en toto" is gone......there are one or two sites that have a lot of his pieces but you really have to dig to find them.......

  20. sad to inform everyone that deMullotto has been diagnosed with stage four rectal and colon this point that is all the information i have.......if anyone here would care to send their prayers and thoughts to him, they may email me at and i will forward them to him and his subbie.......

  21. im sorry to say that deMullotto (Dennis Pooche) passed away quietly at home from cancer on January 13th of this year........for those who would care to see more of his work, we have a Yahoo group devoted to his art.......simply send a blank email to ...........