Series Statement

It was my goal to capture the playfulness and perhaps the innocence of what I perceive as the roaring sexual movement of the 1950s with "Retro Girl." Peggy is a fictional curvaceous, ruby red lip character that I created. Vivid and expressive this series is meant to honor master pinup artist, Gil Elvgren.


However unlike the transparent watercolor works of Elvgren or the ultra smooth airbrush look of contemporary artists I choose to reveal my pinup with dynamic brushwork in acrylic as I feel it helps distinguish and create a desire mood to the overall piece.

- Matthew R. Paden