Flash of Gold, Starring Ari Gold

Flash of Gold Starring Ari Gold

oil on panel, 16″ x 12″  ||  purchase painting  ||  purchase prints

Musician Ari Gold bares his soul onstage, and fans at this concert got to see him bare even more! Perhaps the extra bling on his belt added a little more weight than his designer jeans could handle, especially when his hips began gyrating to the infectious beat. Not since the glory days of Marky Mark has an audience been treated to such a gratuitous display of male pop star skivvies! And judging by their enthusiastic response to his impromptu “performance,” they’ll definitely be calling him back for an encore!

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.