Naughty or Nice

Naughty or Nice

oil on panel, 12″ x 9″  ||  purchase prints

In Naughty or Nice, the anticipation of seeing his Christmas gift gets the better of our strapping young Cheesecake Boy, although he certainly didn’t anticipate getting caught — or the punishment his naughtiness would earn him! When the gift-bearer catches him in the act, he bends him over his knee, yanks down his pajama pants (exposing festive holiday undies, of course!), and gives him a good old fashioned spanking right there. Perhaps the impatient fellow should have remembered the words of the famous song: “He knows if you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness’ sake.” It’s just that being bad is so much more fun!

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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.