Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Those fabulous pinup girls!

I don't know about you, but I love those vintage pinup girls from yesteryear! They ooze sex appeal, confidence and strength. Here are a few of my favorite artists and their artwork.

Joyce Ballantyne (1918 - 2006)
Joyce Ballantyne was a noteworthy member of the "girl's club" among pin-up artists - her women were often more natural than the studiously coy poses of her male counterparts.

Gil Elvgren (1914-1980)
Gil Elvgren was one of the most important and best loved pin-up artists of the twentieth century.

Earl MacPherson (1910 - 1993)
By 1939 Earl MacPherson was an aspiring glamour artist with a studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

Robert Skemp (1910 - 1984)
Skemp and fellow Sundblom protégés like Gil Elvgren, Al Buell, and Joyce Ballantyne, modeled their art in large part on that of the older artist. During his pin-up and glamour career, Skemp worked for several major publishing houses, but his original paintings are very rare today.

Alberto Vargas (1896 - 1982)
From the time Esquire first introduced America to the Varga Girl in 1940, the name Vargas has been synonymous with pin-up and glamour art.

Billy De Vorss (d.1985)
Billy De Vorss created lush and vibrant pin-ups, often inspired by New York's theatres and nightclubs.

These are just the tip of the iceberg! I found a wonderful site The Pin-up Files that has hundreds of various pinup girl artwork...check it out.


  1. I love that they can be so sexy and provocative while still being (mostly) fully clothed! Suggestion is a POWERFUL thing!