Sideshow Attraction, Starring James St. James

Sideshow Attraction Starring James St James

oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″  ||  sold  ||  purchase prints

Gaylebrity James St. James welcomes visitors to his traveling sideshow, but little does he know he’s about to become the star of the freakshow himself — thanks to a rebellious sea monster. As the banner behind him so rightly proclaims, the pin-up moment that follows is certainly “not an illusion.” But it is awfully cute!

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.