On Display, Starring Michael Breyette

On Display Starring Michael Breyette

oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″  ||  sold  ||  purchase prints

Artist Michael Breyette knows the male figure. In fact, his work is an exploration of male sexuality – and scantily clad hunks abound! In a classic case of life imitating art, Mr. Breyette suddenly finds himself with his pants on the gallery floor, and everyone (even the subjects of his masterful works) can’t resist taking a closer look.

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.