Pants on the Ground, Starring Bobbie Burlesque

Pants on the Ground Starring Bobbie Burlesque

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

Burlesque dancers are used to taking their clothes off, so it takes a lot to embarrass a seasoned performer like Bobbie Burlesque. Like the classic pin-up girls who came before him, on this particular day, our hero finds himself sporting underwear with tragically weak elastic — at least he WAS sporting them. With the spotlights shining and a captive audience watching his every move, Bobbie Burlesque suddenly finds himself with his personalized skivvies around his ankles — giving the audience a revealing show they aren’t likely to forget anytime soon!

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.