Fairytale Pin-Up Girls In the Art Of Ren Wicks
American artist Ren Wicks (1911-1997) was a prominent representative of the pin-up genre. Scarce info that can be found on the web is, in fact, not about Ren Wicks but about his son Ren Wicks Jr., who inherited his love for painting and learned how to hold a pencil while others were learning how to hold a spoon. Searching for the info and pics, we came across an artist's nostalgic comment under a post about his father's colleague Joseph Henninger: "I grew up in Ren's and Joe's offices. So many stories... Like sitting on my dad's knees while he painted pictures of Lockheed Aircraft during the war years." Ren Wicks the Younger succeeded in the car advertising campaigns for Honda, Toyota, Kia, Mazda, and other companies. Ren Wicks the Older was best known for his images of military air forces, space exploration, and lascivious pin-up calendars.
Fig. 1. nevsepic.com.ua
Fig. 2. Lockheed, "Jap-Hunting Without A Gun", 1954 (americanartarchives.com)
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Fig. 4. Harrah's Lake Tahoe, 1945 (americanartarchives.com)
Fig. 5. NASA Mars, the 1970s (mutualart.com)
Fig. 6. NASA Mars, the 1970s (mutualart.com)
Fig. 7. Underwater, 1955 (americanartarchives.com)
Remaining a Kid
Ren Wicks created stamps, movie posters, images for NASA, and swimwear advertisements. During World War II, the artist contributed to the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and produced depictions of bombers and fighters. Later in the 1970s, he painted mesmerizing landscapes of Mars. Wicks made illustrations for Esquire, Redbook, Saturday Evening Post, Coronet, Collier's Weekly Magazine. His works also appeared in the Hustler, men magazine, issued by Larry Flint Publications (e. g. his "Sperm Bank" scene, drawn in the medieval setting). The artist was picking up the most spread commissions, one would say. At the same time, we must admit that Wicks drew what many boys were keen on (pin-up fairies, military air forces, and space views). The skill of an adult master and the enthusiasm of a teen were the ingredients of Ren Wick's inspiration as well as of any true inspiration and talent, we suppose.
Fig. 8. It Won’t Fit! (nevsepic.com.ua)
Fig. 9. Pin-up looking into a mirror, the 1950s (nevsepic.com.ua)
Fig. 10. Mermaid-teacher (nevsepic.com.ua)
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Fig. 12. The druggist’s daughter (american-pinup.com)
Pin-Up As American Art Deco
Fig. 13. american-pinup.com
Fig. 14. Showgirl (american-pinup.com)
Fig. 15. Sperm Bank, Hustler Magazine interior illustration (mutualart.com)
Fig. 16. Black Velvet advertisement (mutualart.com)
Fig. 17. nevsepic.com.ua
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