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Twenty-First Century Pin-Ups

Mono D'Angelo's avatar Mono D'Angelo

Twenty-First Century Pin-ups... A classic artform revisited... My fascination with an art form known as "pin-ups" began when I was a young man finding my way as an artist. It was a genre that gained popularity in the middle decades of the 20th century, highlighting sexy, playful ‘ pin-up girls’, as they were typically called. World class artists like Earl Moran, Gil Elvstrom and Alberto Vargas found fame in painting celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and Rita Hayworth, to name but a few. Equally gorgeous but lesser known beauties graced the pages of magazines such as Playboy, Swank and Man. At the peak of its popularity, pin-up art could be seen on calenders, posters and advertising of all sorts. Some pin-ups even found their way onto the sides of WWII bombers, serving as good luck charms. For AP2021, I have designed a collection of six pastel painting celebrating the genre. My goal is to create a 21st century version of the famed pin-up girls. But rather than sultry and voluptuous, I sought to highlight today’s athletic and beautiful women doing their thing. If you are seeking art that is socially relevant or needing personal interpretation, this is not it. This artwork is colorful, bright, sexy and fun. Embedded in each piece is a common 'theme' word which encourages the viewer to try and find each one. The paintings are sexy yet not provocative, incorporating the same tasteful style of the early masters. The collection results in a sizeable display. Each painting is 22x28 inches and matted in a handmade custom frame. Each frame is then painted to match a feature within the artwork. As the display photo illustrates, the collection can occupy a significant amount of wall space, but venue space and artwork display shape are always negotiable.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Pastel
  • Width: 22 inches
  • Year created: 2019
  • Height: 28 inches