Greg Hildebrandt (1939)
Greg and his twin brother often worked together, working on numerous covers for novels, and even creating the global artwork for the Star wars movie when it first came on the scene. At the turn of the century, Greg decided to strike out alone and paint something that would be his, and not confused with the work of the brothers Hildebrandt.
His chosen medium became the female form. Unlike many traditional pinup artists, his art displays as much detail in the backgrounds as the main image of the woman he paints. Part of this being that he likes to paint good girls in bad situations, or bad girls in good situations, something that calls for more than just the image of the girl to be present. This background detail and the often striking lighting effects, usually lead to the viewer spending longer taking in the details of the whole image rather than just the model herself.
Greg paints in such a way that there is a voyeuristic quality to his images that is subtly different to many other pinup artists. This same subtlety can be the driving force behind a viewers perception, often leading you as the viewer to put yourself in the story his images are presenting. The sheer detail and almost living quality of the image only serves to make this illusion all the better.
By choice, he paints his pinups based on the time he spent during his early years, his memories of the 40's and 50's giving him plenty of scenario's to place his girls in.
Greg originally planned to create only the one pinup for his own collection, but after finishing it, he has continued to create them, and shows no sign of stopping. Something that pinup aficionados must truly be pleased with.