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Gil Elvgren Handmade Limited Edition Statues


Good luck trying to buy a painting by “the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake”. Recently, at an auction in Beverly Hills, one of Elvgren’s paintings (Skirting the Issue) sold for $176,500. Good thing PinUp Works owns the rights to “Splendid View”, a nautical themed Elvgren original featuring a voluptuous red head “looking” through a telescope. “Splendid View” was painted by Elvgren in 1962 and converted to sculpture in 2014 by Jack Stockton. They retail for $99. A small price to pay for a beautiful piece of American history.

Gil Elvgren Statue by PinUp Works

In 1937, Gil began painting calendar pin-ups for Louis F. Dow, one of America’s leading publishing companies, during which time he created about 60 works on 28″ X 22″ canvas and distinguished them by a printed signature. Many of his pin-ups were reproduced as nose art on military aircraft during World War II. Around 1944, Gil was approached by Brown and Bigelow, a firm that still dominates the field in producing calendars and advertising specialties. He was associated with Brown & Bigelow from 1945 to 1972.[5] At Brown & Bigelow Elvgren began working with 30″ X 24″canvases, a format that he would use for the next 30 years, and signed his work in cursive.

Gil Elvgren hand made statue by PinUp Works

Gil Elvgren felt that his models were the key to the strength of his paintings, and he had an exquisite eye in choosing the correct women for his projects. Many of his models, like Myrna Hansen, Myrna Loy, Donna Reed, Arlene Dahl, Barbara Hale, and Kim Novak, went on to have successful film careers after posing for the artist. These actresses, just beginning their careers, would travel to the offices of the nation’s most successful calendar company, Brown & Bigelow, to be immortalized by the pin-up artists in their employ, and among those, Gil Elvgren knew best how to tap into the young women’s “freshness and spontaneity”.

“Splendid View” is a limted edition production. It stands approximately 9 1/2 inches tall. Width ranges between 4-7 inches. Cast in multiple pieces to achieve greatest detail possible using high grade, fracture resistant poly resin and assembled into two pieces. Each sculpture is painstakingly hand painted.. Click here for more details

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Artist Spotlight: PinUP Illustrator Gil Elvgren

A handful of American artists would lift the pinup calendar to its greatest heights.  Among those, Alberto
Vargas, George Petty, Rolf Armstrong, Zoe Mozert, Earl Moran and to the one and only Gil Elvgren.

Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914-February 29, 1980), born Gillette Elvgren, was an American painter of pin-up girls,
advertising and illustration. Elvgren lived in various locations, and was active from the 1930s to 1970s. Today he
is best known for his pin-up paintings for Brown & Bigelow.

Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century.  In addition, he
was a classical American illustrator.  He was a master of portraying the feminine, but he wasn’t limited to the
calendar pin-up industry. He was strongly influenced by the early “pretty girl” illustrators, such as Charles Dana
Gibson, Andrew Loomis, and Howard Chandler Christy.  Other influences included the Brandywine School
founded by Howard Pyle.

Elvgren was a commercial success.  His clients ranged from Brown & Bigelow and Coca-Cola to General Electric
and Sealy Mattress Company.  In addition, during the 1940s and 1950s he illustrated stories for a host of
magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Good Housekeeping.

Although best known for his pin-ups, his work for Coca-Cola and others depicted typical Americans — ordinary
people doing everyday things.  The women Elvgren painted were never the femme fatale, the female
adventuress, or somebody’s mistress.  They are the girl next door whose charms are innocently revealed in that
fleeting instant when she is caught unaware in what might be an embarrassing situation.

Check out these beautiful, limited edition Gil Elvgren statues from PinUP Works.

Gil Elvgren Gil elvgren2 I`ve Been Spotted (1949) by Gil Elvgren

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