Sometimes there is just nothing more sexy than vintage pin up art from the likes of Gil Elvgren, Alec Buell, Art Frahm, Earl Moran, Harry Echman, Joyce Ballantyne, and Zoe Mozert just to name a few. Below are the current galleries we have run, I hope you enjoy them. Just click the picture to be taken to its respective gallery.
Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980)
Gil Elvgren was America’s pre-eminent pin-up artist, had a simple (though, admittedly, a bit lecherous sounding) criteria for creating his beautiful calendar girls: each had to have a “fifteen-year-old face on a twenty-year-old body.”
During a career that spanned nearly forty years, Gil Elvgrennever lost sight of what appealed to the American male, and though his work can look a bit dated because of clothing and hairstyles, the women are nonetheless always attractive. Here was an artist who truly understood the proportions of beauty. Current Galleries for Gil Elvgren are listed below.
Art Frahm (1907-1981)
Art Frahm is best known for his “ladies in distress” pictures involving beautiful young women whose panties mysteriously fall to their ankles in very public places.
Whether in the process of bowling, walking the dog, changing a tire or most commonly, carrying groceries, wardrobe malfunctions conspire to cause maximum embarrassment to Frahm’s pin-up girls.
Many of his works were outstanding examples of the glamour genre. His perfectly coifed, daring décolletage dressed beauties glowed in the midst of romantic soft settings.
Al Buell (1910–1996)
Self taught, by 1940 Al Buell had opened his own studio, and was among the artists who contributed to Esquire’s Gallery of Glamour commencing in 1946.
Alfred Leslie Buell was born in 1910 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He briefly considered an engineering career before classes at the Chicago Art Institute and a trip to New York decided him on art.
He provided illustrations for many of America’s mainstream magazines and was active in the advertising field, most notably for Coca-Cola in the 1940s and 1950s.
Harry Ekman (1923-1999)
A 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
Ekman’s girls have the same fresh, wholesome glow as Elvgren’s, and are seen in such typical Elvgren situations as bicycling, wading, and walking the dog.
Joyce Ballantyne (1918 – 2006)
In 1945, Ballantyne began painting, pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow, having been recommended by Gil Elvgren. The firm introduced her to their national sales and marketing staff as “the brightest young star on the horizon of illustrative art”. Ballantyne designed a “novelty-fold” direct mail pin-up brochure for the company and eventually was given the honour of creating an Artist’s Sketch Pad twelve-page calendar.
Zoë Mozert (1907 – 1993)
Zoë Mozert was the most famous female pin-up artist of her day and is noted for rejecting sexy-girl clichés in favour of depicting “real” young women, with recognizably individual features and personalities.
- The bulk of her work including such deliriously romantic nudes as “Moonglow” and “Sweet Dreams” was calendar-oriented (primarily for Brown & Bigelow).
Zoë Mozert was born Alice Adelaide Moser in 1907. An attractive girl herself, she modeled to raise money to pay for art school. In 1925 Mozert had the opportunity to study with Thornton Oakley and Howard Pyle at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Art. Here she honed her craft before moving to New York City in 1932 to begin her career as an artist.
Although it was tough for a woman to break into a male-dominated profession, her work spoke for itself and she was quickly hired on to paint ads and magazine covers. Mozert would often take photos of herself in various poses then use the pictures as a base for her pinups.
Earl Moran (1893 – 1984)
The inception of Earl Moran’s vibrant career as a pin-up artist could be narrowed to 1932 when Moran signed an exclusive contract with Brown & Bigelow who eventually sold millions of calendars graced with his sensual art deco pin-up girls.
Earl Moran was a master of pastels, though he showed little if any influence of reigning Brown & Bigelow star Rolf Armstrong, whose domain he encroached upon in the ’30s. Moran was soon a superstar himself, creating lively, sexy girls whose relationship with the viewer was seldom a teasing one. Unlike Gil Elvgren and others, Moran did not continually re-work one type of situation, and his pin-ups have more variety than any other major contributor to the field.