Past and Present
Chartwell Books, 9780785836704, 176pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
With more than 100 artists from the United States, Europe, Australia, Japan, and China included, this collection offers an unrivaled look at every different direction pin-up art design has taken since the heady days of Bettie Page. More than 200 images from the best practitioners betray the influences of the greats, such as Gil Elvgren and Olivia De Berardinis, but also show new trends, including a revival in 1980s-influenced line work in the vein of Patrick Nagel, and of biomech-influenced approaches. Every image is accompanied by a caption detailing the artist, name of work, and major influences, making this an invaluable source of information and inspiration for all graphic artists and cartoonists in the genre.
In the past, pinup women were considered to be a low bar for artists and were generally taboo in the art community. The current appeal of old pinup art is the unpretentious, often naive, and joyful whimsy that celebrates the sensuality of the women depicted. Whether they're real or imaginary, pinup women are a celebration of feminine sexuality.
The sheer breadth and span of pinup art today is amazing and every major genre is represented within, including:
- Classic American
- Sci-Fi and Fantasy
- Cartoon and Comic Book
- Hot Rod
For the pinup aficionado and artist, this non-stop, eye-popping book is an essential source of inspiration.
About the Author
Jim Silke is a legend among pinup artists and the creator of renowned graphic novels Rascals in Paradise and Bettie Page, Queen of the Nile. Amazingly, he only turned to drawing and writing comics at the age of sixty. Before then, he has been a writer, art director, novelist, screenwriter, costume designer, Chairman of Film Studies at the American Film Institute, and Chairman of the Californian Art commission.