Rear View

 Rear View

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

Rear View depicts a hot afternoon, comfy shorts, and a classic car – all the makings of the good-ol’ American dream for our Cheesecake Boy. But through a twist of fate, or luck depending on your perspective, the dream turns to fantasy as his shorts snag on the license plate giving onlookers a more revealing look under the hood than we may have anticipated! Perhaps it was the hot weather, a penchant for the open-ended, or a slight twist of kinkiness beneath the clean-cut façade that led to his choice in wearing a jock-strap on that day of all days, but no one’s complaining! Just before the Cheesecake Boy regains his aplomb (and his pants), the moment is perfectly memorialized in all its racy glory.

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.