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Buell - Alfred Leslie Buell (1910 – 1996) was born in Hiawatha,
Kansas and grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma. He attended the some
classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, which, in concert with
a trip to New York City, decided him on a career in art. He
was a paperback cover artist, magazine illustrator, and Coca
Cola artist worked with Elvgren in the Sundblom shop in Chicago.
His oils are among the best pin-ups in that medium, although
existing originals (on board, not canvas) are much smaller than
those of Elvgren, Ballantyne and Ekman.
Moore (19?? - 1991) Moore was a busy illustrator from the 1940s
to the late 50s, generating advertising, fashion, story art,
and pin-ups. Covers for Saturday Evening Post and Collier's
and interior work for these and Woman's Home Companion, American
Magazine, Woman's Day, McCall's, Cosmopolitan. Ads for Hertz,
Whitman's Chocolates, Ford, Camay, Nash, US Rubber, Coke, Old
Vargas (1896–1982) was a noted painter of pin-up girls and erotica. Vargas was born in Arequipa, Peru, the
son of a successful photographer, and was educated in Switzerland.
Arriving in New York in 1916, he was determined to stay in America
and pursue what became an illustrious career.
Archie Dickens (1907 - 2004) is a British pin-up artist. He attended the Slade School of Art in London. He currently resides and works in West Wickham, Kent and has published two books. In 2001 Tony Blair wore a Paul Smith designer shirt that displayed one of Dicken's paintings on the cuff. Archie died on November 28, 2004 at the age of 98.
Frahm (1907-1981) was an American painter of campy pin-up girls
and advertising. Frahm lived in Chicago, Illinois, and was active
from the 1940s to 1960s. Today he is best known for his "ladies
in distress" pictures involving beautiful young women whose
panties mysteriously flutter to the ground in public situations,
usually causing them to drop their bag of groceries. In one
of Frahm's noted idiosyncratic touches, celery is often depicted.
Arthur Sarnoff (1912 - 2000) born in Brooklyn, New York, was a student of John Clymer and Andrew Wyeth. Sarnoff studied at the Industrial School and the Grand Central School of Art in New York City. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and exhibited widely including the National Academy of Design. Much work for weekly and monthly mags from the 30s on and ads for Karo Syrup (Karo Kid is a 40s icon), Dextrose (ditto the Sugar Blonde), Lucky Strike, Coors, Camay, Sal Hepatica, Listerine, Vick's Vapo Rub, Meds, Ipana. Illustrations for McCall's, American Weekly, Collier's, Woman's Home Companion, Redbook, American Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping. Portraits of President and Mrs Kennedy. Two subjects keep him famous: popular and tasteful pin-up girl calendars and the pool playing (and card playing and golfing) dogs, of which, "The Hustler" one was the best-selling print of the 1950s. He was also known to have painted portraits of famous individuals such as Bob Hope and John F. Kennedy. Sarnoff usually signed art, using full name, or "Sarnoff", or just "AS."
(1930 - ) Alain Gourdon (aka "Aslan") is a sculptor,
painter and drawer
Jensen born and raised in Westchester County, NY, Barbara
now resides in Daytona Beach, Florida. Self taught, she started
doing portrait work in the late 80's and progressed into the
erotic in the late 90's. She is a full-time artist selling original
Pinups & Fantasy artwork. A self-representing artist,
and ebsq certified.
Von Lind (Born 1937) Jerry Lind was born October 31,
1937 in Duluth, Minnesota, the fourth son of Alma and Hjalmar
von Lind. His father Hjalmar was born the son of Baron Johann
von Lind in a small town outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
Baz (1906 – 2003) Born in Mexico in 1906, Baz was a pin-up and
glamour artist who became known in the late 1940s and 1950s
for his association with Esquire magazine. He painted pin-ups
for their Gallery of Glamour and contributed to their calendars
and centerfolds as well.
Page (1923-2008) Bettie Mae Page is one of the
world's most famous pin-up models. She was born in Nashvilee,
Tennessee on April 22, 1923. Her parents where Walter Roy Page
and Edna Mae Pirtle. Her parents divorced when Page was only
10 years old, leaving her and her sister to an orphanage for
a year. Bettie Page was very smart and missed valedictorian
of her high school by only a quarter of a point. Her orignial
desire was to become a teacher and attended Peabody College
however, she soon decided to start studing acting and wanted
to become a movie star.
Page was published as Playboy's "Playmate of the Month"
in the Janurary 1955 issue. The magazine was then only two years
old. For years, the last known facts of her life were her divorce
from Walterson in the early 1960s and that she was working as
a secretary for a Christian organization. However, one day in
1958, Bettie attended a temple in the Key West, being drawn
to the mixed races, she began to attend reguarly.
Bill Medcalf (???? - ????) Though research hasn't yet confirmed it, Bill Medcalf is apparently another Sundblom shop graduate. Though not as prolific (or nearly as well-known) as Gil Elvgren, Medcalf is of all the would-be Elvgrens, including both Ekman and Ballantyne the master's nearest equal, turning out lushly rendered oil paintings of gorgeous All American girls. Medcalf's work turns up on calendars, both in girl-next door tease situations and in the glamorous ball-gown genre. A St. Paul artist who worked for Brown & Bigelow, he seems to have primarily devoted himself to providing pin-up girls to top advertising accounts, including Sylvania ("Miss Sylvania") and Kelly Springfield Tires.
DeVorss (1908 - 1985) William Albartus DeVorss was born
in St. Joseph, Missouri was more commonly known as Billy DeVorss.
He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1934 and
soon after moved to New York to pursue his career in both pin-up
art and advertising.
Vallejo (born January 8, 1941 in Lima, Peru) is a painter.
He emigrated to the United States in 1964, and currently resides
in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Crandell (1896-1966) was one of the most famous "pretty
girl artists" of his day. The astonishingly beautiful blonde
is typical of Crandell's ability to merge romance, glamour and
Cartagena (1960- ) born on April 29th in Guatemala
City, Guatemala. In school, the teachers were impressed
with Carlos drawing ability but later he wanted to do more than
just draw. In 1981, he followed his American dream and
migrated to the Unites States, his first ten years in the U.S.
he worked in different types of jobs but it was in the late
80,s when he started self teaching airbrush techniques, making
lots of mistakes in the process but moving forward with his
Carlos Cruz-Díez (born August 17, 1923 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan kinetic and op artist. He is a well-known international artist, currently based in Paris. He has spent his professional career working and teaching between both Paris and Caracas. He has become an icon in the Latin American art world, and his work is represented in museums and public art sites internationally. He is currently represented by two American galleries: Sicardi Gallery in Houston, Texas, and Moka Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
L. "Rusty" Rust (1932 - ) was born in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He began drawing and painting at a very early age and has never
had the desire to be anything but a serious artist. His early
work was directly influenced by his grandfather, Emil Rust,
Gil Elvgren, Bob Toombs, and Norman Rockwell. However, he feels
there has been no one single influence in his wildlife art and
insists that all wildlife artists have affected his style.
Drew Posada was born in 1969, as Andrew Posada, with my identical twin brother, Alex Posada. We were raised in a very poor household with our mother and half brother. Alex and I were extremely competitive with each other. We started competing at a very early age and one of the things that was a part of our competitions was drawing. Who could make the best drawing and get the recognition and attention? We didn’t have money to buy sporting equipment and video games, etc. but we always had pencils and paper. If it weren’t for these facts I don’t believe that I would even be an artist.
I graduated high school in West Seattle in 1987 where I received my only art instruction from an art teacher named Phillip Bradshaw. He didn’t teach me technique or art history, he taught me “to see”. I became a professional freelance artist in 1985. After graduating high school I freelanced as an artist and worked as a picture framer. I became a very well known and highly regarded picture framer, but I did not want to spend the rest of my life framing pictures. I did gain a lot of experience working in galleries for 7 years. This is where I first saw Olivia’s work and realized that you could make a very good living doing pin-up work. It became a dream of mine and a goal to someday work for Robert Bane. I first saw Sorayama’s work in 1994 and found out that he too, like Olivia, was at Robert Bane’s gallery. When I first saw Sorayama’s work my jaw hit the floor, the benchmark just got raised way out of my sign, he became my enemy and my mentor, I envied him, he inspired me and discouraged me. In my mind I tried not to “know” that I would never be that good. I read where Sorayama said “…you have to have that hunger..” and I know I have that. I don’t want to be “the next Sorayama” or even try to emulate him, I just want the same success, to do what I love to do, like he does. However, I won’t deny that he is the biggest influence in my work. I’ve been working on my technique ever since I saw his work and I’ll never stop. Sorayama has been a big insecurity in self-doubt that I try to overcome, it’s an ongoing battle. Sorayama will always be the King to me… bastard.
In 1994 I was flown down from Seattle to San Diego to try out for a job as an illustrator at Image Comics. They hired me immediately and I worked for quite a few studios within Image; Top Cow, Wildstorm and Extreme. This is where I learned how to paint in Photoshop. It worked exactly like a real airbrush and was a lot easier to make changes to my pin-ups. I started showing submissions to the Tamara Bane Gallery in 1996, but I still needed to raise the caliber on my work. I kept trying until I finally thought I had it down, and the rest is history. I plan on doing originals by the end of 2000.
Mac Pherson (1910 - 1993) Edgar Earl MacPherson was born on
August 3, 1910, in Oklahoma. He moved to Los Angeles after high
school, got a job painting movie posters for a downtown theatre,
and took evening art classes at the Chouinard School of Art.
In 1929, he set up shop at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu,
painting portraits of wealthy guests.
going to Brown and Bigelow, MacPherson had painted a very famous
pin-up image for the Shaw-Barton Calendar Company. The best-selling
image in the company's 1941 line, Going Places was so popular
that Lucky Strike cigarettes asked to reproduce it on their
1942 calendar with the caption "Lucky Strike Green Goes
Scene," circa 1950, is, typically, a pastel, and the cartoon
snowman pencil sketch. Mac worked with live models, and men's
magazine spreads of him painting lovely nudes, scattered about
his modernistic Southern California studio, added to his legend.
The versatile Mac Pherson also has a considerable reputation
as a Western artist. In addition, he has begun a new series
of signed limited edition pin-up prints for Stabur Graphics.
Moran (1893 - 1984) Earl Steffa Moran was born in Belle Plaine,
Iowa, in December 1893. Like many of his contemporaries Moran
studied at the Chicago Art Institute, while at the same time
working for a large engraving house which specialised in men's
fashion illustrations. Moran studied in Chicago for two years
before moving on to Manhattan where he enrolled at the Art Students
1931 he moved back to Chicago and opened a small studio, specialising
in photography and illustration. In 1932 he signed an exclusive
contract with Brown and Bigelow and produced his first, and
perhaps best known, pin-up for the company: "Golden Hours"
in 1933. This pin-up proved so popular that it was used to market
a variety of products, including a huge 5 pound box of chocolates.
early forties where also a time of some hardship for Moran following
his bitter divorce from his wife Mura. After the divorce had
been settled he moved to Hollywood and commenced painting film
stars along with his calendar work for Brown and Bigelow. One
of his most famous models whilst in Hollywood was the young
Marilyn Monroe, who modeled for Moran between 1946 and 1950.
Earl Moran continued to paint for Brown and Bigelow well into
the late fifties before deciding to retire to paint fine art
D'Ancona (???? - ????)
Edward Runci (1921 - 1986) was born on July 4, 1921 in Genoa, Italy. Edward Runci is an outstanding but unfortunately little-known or talked-about master of pin-ups in oil. His luxuriant brush strokes reveal a talent and skill comparable to Elvgren, though Runci apparently is not a graduate of the Sundblom shop. According to noted pin-up authority Charles Martignette, Runci was a portrait artist in Hollywood when he was approached by a calendar company for pin-ups. Martignette notes that Runci girls frequently get caught in compromising situations climbing a fence to flee a bull, dress blowing up on a Ferris Wheel ride. Runci's early 1950s girls are rosy-checked, voluptuous, often blonde Marilyn Monroe-types whose wholesome sensuality radiates off the canvas. He also dabbled in the glamour-gown sub-genre, creating startlingly life-like effects in the silky folds of garments. Martignette speculates that Runci's artist wife may have likewise done similar, but slightly looser pin-ups also under the singular "Runci" byline. Maxine his wife, also an accomplished artist and sculptor, did some pinups under the name of M. Stevens which were often to be confused with those of her husband Ed's. Later works of Maxine's were signed M. Runci. She also flourished in her career. Both Edward and Maxine died early in life. He died on July 12, 1986. A great loss to the art world.
Elvira (1951- ) Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress best known for her on-screen horror host persona "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark". She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance was offset by her comical character, quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.
Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Peterson grew up in Randolph, Kansas, until the town was drowned to create Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Her family then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and she graduated from General William J. Palmer High School in 1969. Days after graduating, she drove to Las Vegas, Nevada where she became a showgirl at The Dunes. The Guinness Book of World Records cited her as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history. She had a small role as a showgirl in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, briefly dated Elvis Presley, played a topless dancer in Working Girls (1973), and posed (again as a stripper) for the cover of Tom Waits' 1976 album, Small Change.
In 1979, she joined the Los Angeles-based improvisational troupe The Groundlings, where she created a Valley girl-type character upon whom the Elvira persona is largely based. She also posed nude for several men's "Big Bust" magazines during the late 70s and early 80s, most notably, "Night and Day Supermamas" , March 1980, "Cavalcade" volume 3, number 3, 1975, and "Men's Delight", June 1977. Peterson also was a radio show personality on Los Angeles' 106.7 KROQ radio station from 1982 to 1983.
In the late spring of 1981, five years after Larry Vincent (who starred as host Sinister Seymour of a local Los Angeles weekend horror show called Fright Night) died, show producers began the task of bringing the show back. Deciding to use a female host, producers asked 1950s horror host Maila Nurmi to revive The Vampira Show. Nurmi worked on the project for a short time, but eventually quit when the producers would not hire Lola Falana to play Vampira. The station continued with the project and sent out a casting call. Peterson auditioned against 200 other horror hostess hopefuls, and won the role. Producers left it up to her to create the role's image. She and best friend Robert Redding came up with the sexy punk/vampire look after producers rejected her original idea to look like Sharon Tate in The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Unable to continue with the Vampira character, the name Elvira was chosen. What followed was Elvira's Movie Macabre featuring a quick-witted valley-girl type character named Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. With heavily-applied drag queen-style horror make-up and a towering black beehive wig concealing her flame-red hair, the transformation from Cassandra Peterson to the sexy Elvira was so drastic that no one ever recognized her out of costume.
Shortly before the first taping, producers received a cease and desist letter from Nurmi. Besides the similarities in the format and costumes, Elvira's closing line for each show, wishing her audience "Unpleasant dreams," was notably similar to Vampira's closer: "Bad dreams, darlings..." uttered as she walked off down a misty corridor. The court ruled in favor of Peterson, holding that "'likeness' means actual representation of another person's appearance, and not simply close resemblance." Peterson claimed that Elvira was nothing like Vampira aside from the basic design of the black dress and black hair. Nurmi herself claimed that Vampira's image was based on a Charles Addams' character in The New Yorker magazine.
The Elvira character rapidly gained notoriety with her tight-fitting, low-cut black gown which showed more cleavage than had ever appeared on local Los Angeles television before. The movies featured on Elvira's Movie Macabre were always B grade (or lower). Elvira reclined on a red Victorian couch, introducing and often interrupting the movie to lampoon the actors, the script, and the bad editing. Adopting the flippant tone of a California valley-girl, she brought a satirical, sarcastic edge to her commentary without ever being crass or mean-spirited. Like a macabre Mae West, she reveled in dropping risque double entendres as well as making frequent jokes about her eye-popping display of cleavage. In an AOL Entertainment News interview, Peterson revealed, "I figured out that Elvira is me when I was a teenager. She's a spastic girl. I just say what I feel and people seem to enjoy it." Her campy humor, obvious sex appeal, and good-natured self-mockery endeared her to late-night movie viewers as her popularity soared.
Drudwyn was born in 1968 in Fort Collins, Colorado and
raised in Wyoming where he recalls first drawing seriously at
the age of thirteen. His mother was an artist so he was exposed
to art at a early age. He did a lot of drawing before thirteen
then one day he wanted to draw people, especially girls. He
wanted to be able to make the beauty that he was beginning to
see. The thought of being able to "make beauty" was
Chiriaka (1920 - ??) Esquire's search for a Varga replacement
included such gifted commercial artists of the late 1940s and
early 1950s as Ward Bennett, Ren Wicks, Robert Patterson, Eddie
Chan and Al Moore. The latter was close to being declared winner,
but ultimately Ernest Chiriaka (born 1920) was as close to a
new pin-up star as the magazine came. Chiriaka contributed solo
pin-up calendars to Esquire from 1953 through 1957.
Willis (1907 - 1979) was born on December 30, 1907 in Oklahoma
City to Hal and Chloe Willis of Irish and English decent.
Koufay was born in 1961 in the Sevastopol city of Crimea
(Russia) on the picturesque coast of the Black Sea. Gennadiy’s
imagination and inventiveness was inspired by his father, a
brilliant engineer inventor himself, who encouraged four years
old boy to make isometric drawings of objects. Gennady’s creative
impulses were so diversified and broad that included even unusual
for boy work on embroidery in the kindergarten. At the very
early age Gennadiy went to Art Studio and simultaneously to
Musical school. For five years he has been playing domra, an
exotic long-necked, four-stringed instrument, somewhat similar
to a banjo or a lute. In 1973 he attended the Sevastopol School
Petty (1894 - 1975) George Brown Petty IV was born in Abbeville,
Louisiana on April 27, 1894 to George Brown Petty III and his
wife, Sarah. The Petty family moved to Chicago, Illinois just
before the turn of the century, where George III, a photographer
of some note, enjoyed considerable success. George worked in
his father's photo shop, where he learned how to use an airbrush.
George enrolled in evening classes at Chicago's Art Institute.
his graduation from high school, George traveled to Paris to
study art at the Académie Julian. He stayed there, studying
with Jean-Paul Lauren's and others, until 1916, when World War
I caused Joseph P. Herrick, ambassador at that time, to order
all Americans to return home. Petty then returned to Chicago,
working as a photo retoucher for a local printing company. By
the early 20's Petty was working as a freelance artist, painting
calendar girls and covers for The Household magazine. It wasn't
until 1926 that Petty opened his first studio in Chicago, by
which time his client list had grown enormously.
pin-up art appeared primarily in Esquire and Fawcett Publications's
True and was also seen widely in calendars marketed by Esquire,
True and Ridge Tool Company. Petty's Esquire gatefolds originated
and popularized the magazine device of fold-out centerfolds.
Reproductions of his work were widely rendered by military artists
as nose art decorating warplanes during the Second World War,
including the Memphis Belle, known as "Petty Girls."
Elvgren (1914-1980) Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Gillette
A. Elvgren joined the ranks of Petty and Vargas as one of the
premiere American pin-up artists... the Norman Rockwell of cheese-cake.
His heroines are often caught in humorous but distressing situations.
His exquisite oils of gorgeous girls-next door, their skirts
often blowing up to reveal lovely nylon-clad limbs - rival his
mentor Haddon Sundblom's "Coca-Cola" Santa's for sheer
Elvgren model was never portrayed as a femme fatale. She is,
rather, the girl next door whose charms are revealed in that
fleeting instant when she's been caught unaware in what might
be an embarrassing situation. Gusting winds and playful plants
grab at her lovely, long legs. She is intruded upon as she takes
a bath. Her skirts get caught in elevator doors, hung up on
faucets, and entangled with dog leashes. The elements conspire
in divesting her of her clothing.
Greg Hildebrandt (1939 - ) Gregory and Timothy Hildebrandt are among the best known illustrators in the world. Urshurak, a fantasy epic novel, written and illustrated by The Brothers Hildebrandt, is an original, graphically dazzling story which has been called, "a fantasy of the richest sort," by Publisher's Weekly Urshurak is appearing on best-seller lists everywhere. The Hildebrandt's painting for George Lucas' Star Wars was the biggest selling poster in the world. But, most of all, Greg and Tim are known for their marvelous paintings created for J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit". This series of forty-two masterpieces has appeared in three large wall calendars, a desk calendar, and finally in a book entitled The Art of the Brothers Hlldebrandt The calendars have become collector's items and are in demand from Japan to Jamaica. The appeal of these paintings transcends all categories. The fantastic images have the power to delight anyone with a sense of wonder.
Tolkein paintings: showers of light, storms of darkness, dancing
fires, dreaming rivers, find their roots in a myriad of sources.
Certainly elements of the old masters, especially Tintoretto,
Bruegel, Bosch, and even Vermeer, can be seen. But, it was the
story-telling paintings of the turn of the century illustrators,
Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Maxtield Parrish, that influenced
them the most. Greg and Tim consider themselves story-tellers,
first and foremost. It is no accident that their artworks have
a filmic quality The discerning viewer will find traces of Walt
Disney's Fantasia. Snow White and Pinocchio, coupled with splashes
of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is this
peculiar synthesization of interests and influences that fuel
their creative fires.
odyssey of the Hildebrandt twins began in Detroit about forty-one
years ago. Greg and Tim started drawing as soon as they were
able to control a pencil. Greg and Tim were always inventing
their own stories. When they were sixteen they made a science
fiction film in their parent's barn, creating their own sets
and special effects. After high school, the Brothers attended
an art school in Detroit, leaving after six months when they
realized they knew as much as the teachers. They landed twin
jobs at the Jim Handy Company where they learned the craft of
animation and filmmaking. In 1965, Greg and Tim moved to New
Jersey and were commissioned to make several films for the Catholic
Church. That experience took them to Europe, Africa and South
America. In 1970, the Brothers decided to focus their attention
on illustration. Their client list grew quickly from Holt, Reinhart
and Winston, to Western Publishing, to Random House, to virtually
every major paperback publisher. Their advertising and publishing
illustrations were seen by millions, but it wasn't until they
created the first Tolkien Calendar that their names became household
Ekman (???? - ????) Chicago artist Harry Ekman worked side by
side with fellow Sundblom shop veteran Gil Elvgren, developing
a lush style in oils uncannily like that of his mentor. His
girls have the same fresh, wholesome glow as Elvgren's, and
are seen in such typical Elvgren-ish situations as bicycling,
wading, and walking the dog.
Henslee ( ? ) His art has taken him from coast
to coast and many a town in-between, but truth be told, he was
born and bred a Texan. In fact, except for a ten-year sojourn
amid the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, Fort Worth and its
Lone Star ladies have always inveigled him home. Of course it
wasn't always sultry seductresses and coquettish country girls.
was time for a change. In college, Jack had turned his studies
toward architecture, convinced by his peers and loved ones that
it was impossible to develop a stable income as an artist. Visions
of Frank Lloyd Wright aside, Jack's professional focus gradually
shifted toward the more reliable and creatively-challenging
trade of graphic design.
creativity grew increasingly weary of reading aloud from someone
else's script, alas, and Jack became disenchanted by the exhaustive
pace and repetitive nature of his adopted trade. It was while
toiling amid Hilton billboards and Caesar's Palace tournament
banners that Jack's soul demanded that it was time to apply
his talents to a path of his own desires; it was time to devote
himself to what he affectionately refers to as his "pretty
Jennifer Janesko began drawing and painting female images at a very early age. The Kansas City artist started a freelance career in art after graduating from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Her images began to receive national recognition as her work sold through galleries in NYC, Las Vegas, Chicago, Laguna Beach and Kansas City. The art of Janesko gained international recognition with the launch of her official website in 1996 and the release of her first book in 2002. Playboy magazine featured illustrations by Janesko in the June 1998, March 1999, March 2000 and February 2001 issues. Janesko has been showcased in Maxim magazine, Femme Fatales, PINUP and took the cover of a Scream Queens issue. Janesko work was featured in International publications such as Desire and Skin Two of England, Marquis Fetish Images and OTO of Germany. Additional recognition has been gained through airbrush art publications, such as AIR Brush-Action, Airbrush Art + Action and Airbrush magazines. Television stations such as FOX and MSNBC have also spotlighted the artist's work. Jennifer's original art appeared in the 1994 film "Exit To Eden", directed by Gary Marshall. Recently a portrait of Janesko by artist Dru Blair appeared on the March/April 2008 cover of AIR Brush-Action.
The artist's work is a fusion of her love for pinup, fashion and glamour. High contrast and sharp direction are the two elements that form the basis of her art. The artist uses airbrush and paintbrush to create original mixed media paintings. Studies are created using a wide variety of materials including charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, watercolor, ink and graphite on various surfaces. Original paintings are currently sold through the Janesko website and various exhibitions. The artist also accepts private commissions.
Current Janesko projects include creating new original and print images. Janesko has just completed the third wine label in association with Haut Art Wines of Napa Valley. She is currently branching out in new and exciting directions with a series of images painted on guitars for GZ Guitars, Inc. The artist also has plans to teach pinup classes at the Blair School of Art in North Carolina. Future projects will feature the artist's talents and passions in the world of fashion.
Dougherty of Seattle, Washington U.S.A. I am a modern
pin-up artist who works mostly with digital painting in Photoshop.
I paint pin-ups because I love all things beautiful and enjoy
the sense of playful sensuality I found in the old pin-up masters'
works such as Elvgren. I love nothing better than a good giggle
and eyebrow raise when looking at an artwork and I strive to
achieve the same result in my works.
grew up moving from place to place but am originally from Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. I now live with my husband, daughter (6),
son (1) and kitty in Seattle, WA. I received my B.A. from the
University of Washington in 2001 and have painted free-lance
for private collectors and gallery shows ever since. All
my work can be viewed at www.jessicaspinups.com or various pin-up
collection websites on the web.
frequently get big ideas and themes that I want to pursue and
so I do. I don't think about it too much or I would never produce
anything. I think it is wonderful to see masterpieces that inspire
you to rise to their levels and abilities. I love to look at
something that actually comes from another time and place. It
makes history seem more real and tangible and it is interesting
to see how little changes from the past to now when it comes
to basic human needs and desires.
Joe De Mers (1910-1984) Joseph De Mers was born in San Diego, California, and attended the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. Joe De Mers specialized in illustration that depicted the modern American girl. He did them not as stereotypes, but as a diverse array of dazzling females sweet, predatory, or sophisticated. To dress them, he enlisted the fashion expertise of his wife, Janice, so that the styles would not become dated in the six months between painting and publication. Died in 1984 (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina)
Kacere (1920-1999) Born: June 23, 1920; Walker, IA.
John Kacere was an abstract painter from 1950 to 1963, but moved
to a realistic style; he has been considered a photo-realist
or hyper-realist, although he has not adopted the methodology
of these schools. Since 1963, he has concentrated on the subject
first, Kacere was especially interested in the work of Van Gogh,
Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. He also cites Holbein and Ingres
as favorite artists. Before he entered the army, Kacere held
his first one-man show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Stationed in California
during the war years, he began to study the work of the European
moderns: Picasso, Miro, Klee and Matisse. Upon leaving the army,
Kacere studied fine arts at the University of Iowa.
does not consider himself a photo-realist, although his highly
detailed work is sometimes called photo-or hyper-realistic.
Unlike the photo-realist painters, who work from detail to detail
of their canvases, Kacere works on all areas of the canvas at
the same time and builds up layers of paint.
Hul was Born in Pittsburgh in 1957, an American pin-up
artist known for his photorealistic paintings and drawings of
models who have appeared in Playboy magazine.
Ballantyne (1918 – 2006) is a noteworthy member of the small
"girl's club" among pin-up artists. Like Zoe Mozert,
she captured a fresh, real sensuality in her subjects, and a
palpable sense of fun. Like Mozert, she was (and probably still
is) as attractive as a pin-up herself blonde, green-eyed, and
frequently barefoot. She is best known as the designer of the
Coppertone girl, whose swimming costume is being pulled down
by a dog.
Erbit (???? - ????) Little is known about Jules Erbit, but this
master of pastels was one of the most prolific pin- up artists
from the 1930s into the 1950s. His lovely women grace calendars,
posters and prints, published by C. Moss, Brown & Bigelow,
and others. Bathing-suit beauties are rare among the works of
Erbit, who specialized in more sedate, but nonetheless sensual
images. Erbit typifies the glamour approach a characteristic
Erbit pin-up features a lovely woman in a gown leaning against
the rail of a ship, or lounging in a garden. It's a soft-focus,
K.O. Munson (1900-1967) Knute (K. O.) Munson was born in Oslo, Norway, and grew up in Sweden. His family moved to the United States when he was a teenager and settled in Michigan. Munson received his first commission before he ever studied art, when a local doctor hired him to draw medical illustrations for his lectures on surgery. Munson went to Chicago when he Was twenty-three to study at the Academy of Fine Art and the American Academy of Art, where his teachers included Andrew Loomis, He later studied with Harvey Dunn at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City.
to Chicago, Munson got a job illustrating catalogues for men's
clothing and accessories and became on the job friends with
Earl Moran. Loomis later advised Munson to consider advertising
art as a career and referred him to Outdoor Advertising Incorporated,
where he painted advertisements for Milky Way candy bars. In
1936, Munson received a call from Moran, who was then a staff
artist at Brown and Bigelow. Moran told him the firm had liked
the samples he sent and that he should "grab paint brushes
and get here right away".
1945, Brown and Bigelow used Munson's pin-ups for their Direct
Mail Calendar line. He continued to produce dozens of pin-up
paintings and drawings for the firm until 1949, when he decided
to return to Chicago. There he kept busy as a freelancer. Earl
Carroll's Theatre Restaurant in Los Angeles, billed as "The
Glamour Spot of Hollywood", commissioned him to do a painting
for an over-size souvenir postcard. Soft-spoken sportsman Munson
had been (and continued to be) a successful commercial artist;
over the years his clients included Lucky Strike cigarettes,
Kelly-Springfield Tires, U.S. Rubber Corporation, and Goodrich
Tires., Motorola, Mars Candy and Sealy Mattress (an ad for the
latter featured a fetching Munson beauty lounging on a cloud).
1958, Artist and Photographer magazine ran a cover story entitled
"K. 0. Munson and His Glamour Queens". Munson, described
as "unpretentious, congenial, frank", reflected as
follows on the interplay between painting and photography: "The
camera becomes one of the painters most useful and important
tools. Painting, on the other hand, with its centuries of tradition
and its massive accumulation of knowledge has been invaluable
to the photographer.. Each has much to offer the other".
Vincent Garrison (1923 - 2007) was born in Detroit
on June 12, 1923. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World
War II, and while serving on Midway Island in the Pacific, fellow
Marines paid him to make sketches of them that they could send
home. After his discharge from the Marines in 1947, he enrolled
in the New England School of Art in Boston, where he studied
for three years.
Leo Jansen (1930-1980) was a Dutch artist known for his portraits. Born April 1930 in Holland, moved to Indonesia when he was ten. There in the tropics, he began his craft by sketching bronze-skinned Indonesian girls for leisure. He returned to the Netherlands to study at the Academy of Art, to refine his growing mastery of the female figures. Like most continental artists, he gravitated first to Paris and quickly established himself as a portraitist of considerable talent. In 1962, he arrived in New York. Because of the softness and light he infused his portraits, he was chosen by several companies to do commemorative plates. Jansen is, perhaps, best known throughout the United States and Europe for his mother's day plates and puppies plate series.
Many of the rich and famous (such as Raquel Welch, Willian Holden, Donald Sutherland, Stephanie Powers, and the LA Times Hearst family. ) sought out Jansen for his portraiture skills, Jansen's sitting fee in the 1960 was US$20,000. In addition, he also gained fame for his portraiture of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. His Beatles portraits are among the more collectible memmorabilia by fans. He was in great demand in the Los Angeles galleries, but sold primarily through Aaron Brothers.
despite his national reputation as a portrait artist, he refused
many of those demand and resumed his childhood love affair of
painting nudes. He then moved to Southern California. For eighteen
years, he was commissioned by Playboy Magazine to paint the
playmate of the month. In his first six years, he was the artist
chosen to paint 58 of the 72 portraits. His works hang in the
Hugh Hefner's Playboy corporate headquarters and in the mansion.
Rank among the nation's best interpretive artist of nudes, Jansen's
canvases hang in collection of a wide range of notables from
Jean-Claude Pascal to the late Judy Garland.
Di Mauro (1954- ) He was born and raised in Sicily,
in a town at the foot of Mount Etna where, during his high school
and university years, he used to ski intensely on. Skiing is
one of his strongest passions. He began his career drawing comics
and creating illustrations with brushes and airbrush. In 1981
he published my comic entitled Superpipe and an illustration
on an Italian issue of Playboy magazine. During the same year
he moved from Sicily to Rome and joined the Illustrators Association,
which had just born in Italy. For a couple of years he continued
to produce comics and illustrations, including the first works
on pin-ups, beginning his collaboration as freelance illustrator
with Italian subsidiaries of the most important international
advertising agencies. During the 1980s, the advertising market
in Italy offered alluring opportunities of financial reward
and professional recognition and soon his time was booked up
by these publicity work, made mostly of hyperreal illustrations.
Sperlonga (1969- ) was born in Rome, Italy. At
the age of 16, he began his career as an illustrator and a graphic
designer for advertising agencies and small publishers. In those
first few years, he soon realized that painting was his true
calling, and little by little he focused his artistic interests
entirely towards sci-fi, fantasy and erotica.
his covers started to appear in Australia, South America and
Eastern Europe, the American market initially opened its doors
to Lorenzo in 1998. That was the year that prompted Lorenzo
to move to Los Angeles, where he began his collaboration with
Larry Flynt Publications, as well as many other publishers such
as Avalanche, Aeg, Sizzle, Fort Ross.
Mel Ramos (born July 24, 1935 in Sacramento, CA) American Pop Artist is famous for hi paintings of nude women from pin-up calendars and magazines. His work is humorous as he often poses the women with large, out-of place objects and gives the paintings amusing titles. He also often poses his figures to mimic the paintings of the Old Masters. His work can also be described as Superrealism.
Calandra (1972- ) was born in Monroe, Michigan
and began painting and drawing at a very early age. No surprise
there, all kids draw, but he never stopped!
Michael Möbius was born in 1968, and spent his formative years in his native East Germany. When the walls to that Communist "no fun" zone came down, this creative illustrator's love of the female form was set free as well! Inspired by such fellow iconic innovators as Sorayama and Renato Casaro, Michael launched a new career as an illustrator of erotic visions. An artist of high voltage and luxurious delights, Möbius' work has already been featured in many gallery showcases throughout the world.
Michal Dutkiewicz (1955- ) was born in Adelaide, Australia, as the son of a painter. He studied science, which he quit to spend a year with the South Australian Youth Theatre in 1974. Between 1976 and 1990 he had several exhibitions of his artwork, most of them with the Royal South Australian Society of Arts. At the same time, Dutkiewicz worked as an illustrator and comic artist, especially for American publisher D.C. Comics, where he drew for several series, including 'Superman' and 'Batman'. He also published his work in Australian magazines like Reverie Comic Magazine and Eureka, for which he did 'Verity Aloeha'. In 1991, he won the Stanley Award for the Best Adventure Strip Artist.
de Berardinis (1948 - ) was born in California. She is an American
painter of pin-up art and erotic art, professionally known as
Olivia. After high school she attended the New York School of
Visual Arts and became involved in the minimalist art movement,
painting minimalist oils on canvas.
Nagel (November 25, 1945 - February 4, 1984) was an
American artist. He created popular illustrations on board,
paper, and canvas, most of which emphasize the simple grace
of and beauty of the female form, in a distinctive style descended
from Art Deco. He is best known for his illustrations for Playboy
magazine, and the pop group Duran Duran, for whom he designed
the cover of the best selling album Rio.
Corfield (1970- ) was born in Bournemouth, Dorset
in the U.K. on March 25th. He was able to draw at the age of
about six or seven when he would copy pictures drawn by his
Grandfather. His next teacher was a Mrs. Short at his secondary
school who was probably instrumental in guiding his career to
where it is now.
Frush (???? - ????) Frush was born in Iowa and moved to the
Gulf Coast of Mississippi as a child. She began drawing as soon
as she could hold a crayon in her hand; when she was ready for
formal studies, she enrolled in art instruction courses in New
Orleans. After additional training in Philadelphia and New York,
Frush joined her family in Chicago, where she studied at the
Chicago Art Institute under Charles Schroeder.
prolific in the 1940s and '50s, Chicago artist Frush produced
fresh, beautiful, shapely pin-up girls who share with the women
of Mozert and Ballantyne an individuality and reality the men
in the field seldom achieved. Her originals are comparatively
tiny (typically 19" by 14"), and reveal a delicate,
flawless technique as beautiful as her subjects. She may be
Vargas' only true rival in watercolor, and Petty's in airbrush.
Peter Driben (1925-1975) was born in Boston and studied at Vaesper George Art School before moving to study at the Sorbonne in Paris. His career was not limited to magazine covers, he also worked in advertising and for Hollywood. Peter Driben was perhaps one of the most productive pin-up artists of the 1940's and 50's. Although both Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren have extensive catalogues of work, neither came close to the output of Driben. Driben was born in Boston and studied at Vaesper George Art School before moving to study at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1925. His first known pin-p was the cover to Tattle Tales in October 1934, and by 1935 he was producing covers for Snappy, Pep, New York Nights, French Night Life and Caprice. His career went from strength to strength in the late thirties with covers for Silk Stocking Stories, Gay Book, Movie Merry-Go-Round and Real Screen Fun.
His career was not limited to magazine covers, he also worked in advertising and for Hollywood, perhaps his most famous work being the original posters and publicity artwork for The Maltese Falcon. Peter Driben was also a close friend of publisher Robert Harrison, and in 1941 was contracted to produce covers for Harrison's new magazine Beauty Parade. Driben went on to paint covers for all of Harrison's magazines, often having as many as six or seven of his covers being published every month. Driben married the artist, actress and poet Louise Kirby just before he began to work for Harrison. In 1944 he was offered the the unusual opportunity, for a pin-up artist, of becoming the art director of the New York Sun, a post he retained until 1946. During the war, his popular painting of American soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima sparked a considerable amount of media attention.
Ricky Carralero (1969- ) Enrique E. Carralero was born in Puerto Padre Cuba. Little Ricky realized his passion for drawing very early on, "he must have been 5 or 6 years old and his neighbor was this incredible illustrator, he spent hours watching him paint, he knew then this is what he wants to do". In 1881 Ricky’s parents immigrated to Costa Rica in search of freedom and a better life for their family. He spent two years there until they were able to come to the United States in 1983. He recalls that not knowing the language was horrible! "When he started school he felt like he was in this roller coaster that never stopped. It was very difficult, he was out of place. he had no friends he knew there were kids who knew Spanish but it was not cool to hang out with him. All he ever did was draw in all his classes. "
Ricky participated in many competitions and won many of them. One day in class this man came to him, he was an art teacher in the School of Visual Arts In Manhattan. He was interested in taking him to a special program and needed permission from the principal to take him out of school. "It was the first time he was in the principal’s office and he wasn’t in trouble." In 1986 Ricky’s family moved to Miami, Florida.
Ricky started working on a series of comic books and characters. He would carry them in his portfolio and go from comic book show to comic book show looking for work. One day he met a man who saw him at every show. They began to speak and made him an offer, which he could not refuse. This man became his publisher soon after. He started working on China and Jazz aka ‘Double Impact’. In 1994 and with both his parents getting second mortgages to build capital of over $50,000 dollars ‘Double Impact’ went to print. "We had all our cards on the table, it was either win or lose. No one knew who ‘Double Impact’ was or Ricky Carralero."
Today Ricky Carralero has not only achieved worldwide recognition but is rated top ten and his work is in huge demand. From comics to fine art Illustration, from comic book covers to CD’s, posters, magazines, Ricky’s electrifying art is appreciated by thousands around the world.
McGinnis (1926- ) is an American artist and illustrator.
McGinnis is known for his illustrations of over 1200 paperback
book covers, and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast
at Tiffanys (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella,
and several James Bond and Matt Helm films.
Armstrong (1899 – 1960) The father of the American pin-up was
born in Seattle and moved to Chicago in 1908, where he later
studied at the Art Institute. Armstrong, who studied at the
famed Chicago Art Institute, contributed covers to such periodicals
as College Humor, Life and Shrine magazine; his advertising
accounts included Oneida Silverware. A one-time pro boxer and
devoted seaman, ruggedly handsome Armstrong was rarely seen
without his yachting cap.
Roji (1971- ) was born in Madrid (Spain)
on June 15th. Very influenced from her childhood by her
artistic family history and interest in art, she immediately
began exercising her creativity in any medium, for example,
painting and sculpture. One day her father gave her two
books on contemporary fantasy illustrations. From this
moment, she knew what she really wanted to do. After finishing
secondary school she began her training as a professional in
Peña Art School (Madríd) where she won various awards from her
Fine Art works. After the classes she continued with autodidactic
formation, studying the masters and all the illustration books
she had in her hands.
1998 she went to GENCON and got in touch with some of the most
famous fantasy artists. A short time later, she moved
from Madrid to the beautiful seaside town of Sitges, which is
close to Barcelona. Since then she has worked on interior
and cover illustrations for SF, Fantasy and Horror magazines,
books, video game covers, concept designs for film and commissions
for American and European companies in the art field. In
Barcelona she got in touch with the most prominent Spanish erotic
magazines, which began to publish her work immediately.
HAJIME SORAYAMA (1947- ) was born in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from the Chuo Art School in 1969, he began to work for an advertising agency in Tokyo. Since 1972, he has been working independently as a free-lance illustrator. His published books include: Hajime Sorajama, Sorayama Hyper Illustrations, Sorayama Hyper Illustrations Part 2, The Gynoids, Naga, Torquere, and The Complete Works 1964-99. Sorayama resides with his wife and two daughters in Tokyo, Japan.
N. Thompson (???? - ????) In the early 1950s, Earl Mac Pherson
was turning out not only a yearly 12-image calendar for Shaw-Barton,
but numerous other pin-ups on playing cards, greeting cards,
posters, matchbook covers, books, the entire panoply of pin-up
merchandising. He took on Jerry Thompson as an assistant, and
they worked together in California.
(???? - 1957) Vaughan Alden Bass appears to have been
strongly influenced by the circle of artists that grew up around
Haddon Sundblom. He was a Chicago artist who began his pin-up
career working for the Louis F. Dow Company in St. Paul during
the mid-to-late 1930s.
Bass' painting style was often compared to that of Elvgren, Buell, and Ballantyne. He worked in oil on canvas in almost the same sizes as the others. In the 1950s, the versatile Bass did a series of spectacular oils depicting wrestling scenes that clearly demonstrated his ability to be comfortable with any subject matter. He created the "Wonder Bread Girl" in the 1950s using his daughter Nancy as his model. His portrait of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is in the Eisenhower Library, in Abilene, KS.
Walt Otto (???? - ????) was another of the Elvgren-style pin-up artists, creating beaming American beauties in lushly painted oils on canvas (for Gerlich-Barclaw, among others). Research has neither confirmed nor denied Otto as part of the Sundblom shop. Despite hyper-realism typical of the Elvgren school, Otto varies considerably from the Elvgren pattern in several key ways. His paintings contain cartoonist elements, particularly in the expressions of his winsome girls (as well as his cartoonist-style signature). Additionally, his women are less coy than Elvgren's an Otto girl typically attired in short shorts or bathing suit, occasionally tugged along by a cute mutt or two stares unabashedly at the viewer. Also, Otto eschews any suggestion of setting for a solid black background, and frequently uses Petty-style cartoon outline shorthand for a phone cord or dog leash or whatever to better focus the attention on the pretty subject at hand.
Zoë Mozert (1907 - 1993) The most famous female pin-up artist, Mozert is an exemplary disciple of the Rolf Armstrong pastel style. Often her own model, Mozert is noted for rejecting sexy-girl clichés in favour of depicting more real-seeming young women, with recognizably individual features and personalities.
Her cover portraits of Hollywood starlets for such publications as Romantic Movie Stories and Screen Book were particularly popular, but she also contributed covers to such periodicals as American Weekly and True Confessions.
While the bulk of her work including such deliriously romantic nudes as "Moonglow" and "Sweet Dreams" was calendar-oriented (primarily for Brown & Bigelow), Mozert also made a mark as a movie poster artist, notably for Carole Lombard's True Confession, and the notorious Jane Russell/Howard Hughes sex and sagebrush saga, The Outlaw. Even her less sultry sirens exude both charm and sex appeal.
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