Well-Hung Surprise

Well-Hung Surprise

oil on panel, 10″ x 7″  ||  sold

The holiday season finds our Cheesecake Boy working diligently to create the perfect display for his neighbors to enjoy. In Well-Hung Surprise, he certainly accomplishes his goal, though I don’t think anyone’s noticing the Christmas lights! Perhaps he’ll continue lighting up the neighborhood by giving his neighbors something hot to relish on those cold winter nights.

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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.