Peeping Perez, Starring Perez Hilton

Peeping Perez Starring Perez Hilton

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

Blogger Perez Hilton exposes the secrets of the stars. Now, as the subject of my latest Cheesecake Boy painting, he gets caught exposing his own! While spying on Lady Gaga in search of a headline, her dog takes matters into his own teeth — making quick work of his pants. Poor Perez is left with nothing to protect his “disco stick” from the world except some smashing bright pink, star-patterned undies.

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.