Out to See

Out to See

acrylic on panel, 14″ x 11″  ||  sold

Sailors’ antics have been the fodder for many tall tales, some true and others too good to matter. The exact series of events that landed our stranded Cheesecake sailor on a makeshift raft in the middle of the ocean is up for interpretation. But with a sail fashioned from the only thing he had left, his regulation uniform pants, one thing’s for sure – he’ll be one sexy catch of the day for his rescuer. In undies matching the white caps of the waves around him, our brave hero drifts along – swelling with pride over his many blessings from head to toe and sea to shining sea.

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.