Room With a View

Room With a View

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

In Room With a View, it’s another day on the job for our Carpenter Cheesecake Boy, whose steadfast work ethic and sharp focus on the task at hand are reason enough to hire him for your next home improvement project. But this handyman also has a body to die for, or at least justify staying home from work to serve him lemonade and check out his “progress.” And if you catch him at just the right moment, the combination of loose jeans and heavy tool belt might just result in a little display of southern exposure Cheesecake-style, and we’re not talking about windows here. Leave it to a Cheesecake Boy to give you an extremely sexy home makeover you won’t soon forget!

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.