In November 2018 I started this project after a prestudy in graphite ‘An archeological memory of Bettie Page – 13-11-18’. Since the canvas size of this painting is bigger than the original drawing the balance between main theme (camel, statue and stele) and the negative space around it should show more coherence.
Bettie Page was an American pin-up of the 1950s that stood for her sexual liberation in an America that yet had to face the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
Another drawing by me of Bettie Page returning to surrealism again. After scrutinizing her features and estimating what her character would have been like I came to an inescapable conclusion. Eggs, rabbits, dogs and snakes could be derived from her and were essential for her expression.
This is the first roundism oil painting I made of American pin-up and celebrity Bettie Page, after a first drawing I made in the beginning of 2015.
Bettie Page is one person I always admired. Not only she is sexy as hell but also because she deared to flirt with her sexuality in an era throughout the world many were prunes (and still are today).
A second ode to pin-up and 1950s’ U.S. celebrity Bettie Page. I’m thinking of cross-overs here – between realism and cubism. Still not there, I think because I think the forms are rather ‘closed’ in spite of the fact that I like the roundish shapes of the musculature on her back.