Harry Bush – yes, that’s his real name – was certainly one of the most talented contributors to Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial. He may not have reached the mythic proportions of his contemporary Tom of Finland, but then fame has never been a good measure of an artist’s importance.
Finland’s man represents the hyper-masculine and often sexually aggressive, while Bush’s boy is innocence personified, even whilst engaged in the most lascivious of sex acts. His work is meticulously configured, creating in the minds of its onlookers a world of playful, precocious and perfectly sculpted young men, where sex could just as easily be replaced by a game of hop scotch or tag. No bones about it, Bush’s boys are hardly boys, at least in proportion, but they’ve got a decidedly youthful appeal. Despite massive members and sculpted muscles, seen only in the most dedicated and blessed of men, his figures harken back to a point in every homos life, before the seriousness, the sacredness of one’s sexuality took hold.