Research- Pinup Artists

I wanted to have a little look into some artists behind the Pinup illustrations that were key to the 1940s/1950s art movement.

Billy Devorss

Billy Devorss is a self taught artist whose work first appeared in the 1930s for the Louis F Dow Calendar Company. He worked mainly in pastel colours to give a softer look to the women.(Martignette and Meisel, 1996).

Billy Devorss artwork. (, 2016).

Robert Skemp

Robert Skemp was a New York artist who painted pinup for many companies and newspapers including Schlitz beer, Colliers, Sports Afield, Saturday Evening Post and Coca-Cola. He was also a member of the Society of Illustrators and National Arts Club.

His style is more refined- not as soft looking compared to other pin ups.

Robert Skemp artwork. (, 2016).

Rolf Armstrong

Armstrong was responsible for the success of the magazine “Pictorial Review.” His illustrations were heavily inspired by light, painting many of his models outside in the sunset.

Rolf Armstrong artwork. (, 2016).


References, (2016). Billy De Vorss pin-up girls | The Pin-up Files. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Feb. 2016].

Martignette, C. and Meisel, L. (1996). The great American pin-up. Köln: New York.


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