Blast from the Past, Starring Darryl Stephens

Blast from the Past Starring Darryl Stephens

oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″  ||  purchase prints

Actor Darryl Stephens feels a draft — a powerful one — coming up through the subway grate as he steps out onto a busy urban sidewalk. Perhaps he should have reconsidered his wardrobe, since the blast instantly causes his robe to billow up, exposing his skimpy pink undies to the lucky passersby. In a nod to Marilyn Monroe’s famous scene in the Seven Year Itch, Darryl takes his predicament in stride — striking a pose that makes one wonder just how accidental this wardrobe malfunction really is!

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.