A Fitting Surprise

A Fitting Surprise

acrylic on panel, 14″ x 11″  ||  sold  ||  purchase prints

A seemingly innocent mid-afternoon shopping excursion gives way to a revealing Cheesecake moment in A Fitting Surprise. As our young hero disrobes with only his ankles visible to passersby behind the fitting room curtain, another lucky shopper carelessly enters the scene. Pulling back the curtain to try on a pair of half-priced trousers, he discovers the room’s occupant clad in only his skimpy skivvies and a smile. Always poised, our Cheesecake Boy seems only mildly startled by his “accidental” exposure, and the auspicious shopper responsible for uncovering the scene appears in no great hurry to pull the curtain on his half-naked discovery. The lure of the bargain brought them together, but “1/2 off pants” takes on a whole new meaning in this sizzling encounter!

cheesecake boys series

The Cheesecake series grew out of my fascination with pin-up art from the 40’s and 50’s. It was a more innocent time (at least on the surface), and I love the elaborate scenarios that artists like Gil Elvgren and Art Frahm concocted in order to justify disrobing their subjects. A loose nail, a doorknob, or a brisk wind would all work in a pinch, resulting in hapless models accidentally exposing their unmentionables. I’m interested in exploring how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. It intrigues me that it was considered sexy for a woman’s skirt to be ripped off before a crowd of oglers, while the male pin-up was only exposed when he wanted to be. Times certainly have changed! Men may have had a free pass on wardrobe malfunctions in the good old days, but my Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.