Tagged: lovelies
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    Nov 2013

    Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright

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    Editor’s Note:

    David Wright was one of the leading pin-up artists of the 20th Century. Unlike his American contemporaries Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren, the British-born Wright brought a sense of realism to his willowy beauties, who appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, especially during WW2. Now, finally, access has been granted to his archive, and this is the first ever collection of his work.

    The Book Review:

    Sirens opens up with a enjoyable forward from David’s son, Patrick. Speaking of the many hours his father spent in his studio, Patrick confesses to never really knowing what he did all day. From the introduction onwards, the author give a short history of David Wright, his career and the impact his work had at the time. Starting from page 18, the majority of the book is beautiful large full-page pin-ups.

    Looking through such a large body of work you start to see what sets David Wright’s work from some of his contemporaries. Many of his pieces do not have that “gloss” that a lot of the American pin-ups had. They feel a little sketchier, a little moodier. His women have all the glamour of the 1950s, but are presented with more depth. Most of his women seem withdrawn in their thoughts, many without a hint of a smile. A far cry from the happy-go-lucky pin-ups we are used to seeing. Past simply relying on scantily clad models to create eroticism, David Wright’s women are not just sat in their bedrooms smiling for the camera, their pensive demeanour is inviting you in. To this regard, Wright’s work remind me more of the sophisticated women of Robert McGinnis, than the idealized women of Gil Elvgren.

    If I were to have a gripe about the book, it would be that the image quality of the pictures vary. The majority of them are perfect, however, when you stumble on a few slightly lower quality ones it somewhat interrupts your experience. The other thing, which I know is just my personal taste, it would have been nice to see some more roughs or sketches.

    With that said, David Wright’s women truly are beautiful and Sirens is a decidedly bonny body of his work, with enough variety to keep you engaged, and in my case, wanting more. Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright is available to buy right now, and if you are a fan of Carol Day, pulp or pin-up this is definitely one for you.

    Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright
    Titan Books
    Hardback with dust jacket
    192 pages
    310 x 228mm
  2. 4

    Nov 2012

    David Wright (1912-1967)

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    Born in London, David Wright was only 13 when he left school and eventually joined his uncle, who was an artist for The Graphic newspaper. He really came into prominence when he was commissioned to produce a series of “lovelies” for The Sketch. His glamorous pin-ups, were amongst the most popular during world war II. Following his Sketch contract Wright went on to work for magazines such as Men Only, Playboy and Esquire. September 1956 saw the first publication of Carol Day, a daily comic strip illustrated by Wright and scripted by Peter Meriton. The series was about a fashion model, and ran in the Daily Mail from 1956 until his death in 1967.

    A good place to see some of his work for Carol Day is on Comic Art Fans and carol-day.com. David Wright’s work will be featured in the upcoming issue 2 of illustrators quarterly.

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