In Hot Pursuit, Starring Jesse Archer

In Hot Pursuit Starring Jesse Archer

oil on canvas, 40″ x 30″  ||  purchase painting  ||  purchase prints

Heartthrob Jesse Archer is having a rough day. While jogging through the dark, spooky forest (possibly not his smartest choice), he realizes that he isn’t alone. And his pursuant, a shadowy, knock-kneed monster with an appetite for cute hunks, seems to be picking up speed! It doesn’t help that suddenly the branches in Jesse’s path act like menacing claws, tearing his skimpy outfit to shreds and blocking his path to freedom. Like the countless female victims of slasher flicks that came before him, our hero’s fate is sealed. But that won’t stop him from putting up a good fight — and of course losing his clothes in the process!

Jesse Archer shared his thoughts about the painting: “I’ve never been painted before and it’s an honor because Paul is so talented. I also love his concept for me. I can’t think of anything better than an homage to female slasher victims who can’t keep their clothes on!”

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.