Beach Bum, Starring Alan Ilagan

Beach Bum Starring Alan Ilagan

oil on panel, 20″ x 16″  ||  purchase painting from Rossetti Fine Art Gallery

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You never know what might slip into view on a Provincetown beach! Hunk Alan Ilagan bares more than he intended when his skimpy speedo gets yanked down, much to the delight of fellow beachgoers. With the sun’s rays now shining upon his white rump, Alan strikes a pose reminiscent of another tan-line exposing icon from years past.

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.