Offered by: Robert Funk Fine Art
1581 Brickell Ave., Suite 2303 Miami, FL 33129 , United States Call Seller 305.857.0521


Formal Portrait of a Chinese Man in Traditional Dress

$ 9,000
  • Description
    Dressed in traditional clothing, a handsome Chinese man is depicted as he sits resolutely with one hand on his leg and the other holding a baton. Female Artist Joyce Ballantyne, paints with quick confident brush strokes and generous paint application in the spirit of Robert Henri and the traditional painters of the National Academy of Design. The composition is arranged within a few simple areas of color, while the bold red color of the man's gown pops off the canvas. Signed lower right and on verso. Provenance: American Academy of Art College, Chicago

    Joyce Ballantyne (April 4, 1918 – May 15, 2006) was a painter of pin-up art. She is best known as the designer of the Coppertone girl, whose swimming costume is being pulled down by a dog.

    She was born in Norfolk, Nebraska during World War I, and grew up in Omaha. She attended the University of Nebraska for two years and then transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago to study commercial art and the American Academy of Art.

    After two years at the Art Institute, Ballantyne joined Kling Studios, where she painted Rand McNally maps and illustrated books for Cameo Press. She then moved to the Stevens-Gross Studio, where she remained for more than a decade. While at the studio, she became part of a group of artists that included Gil Elvgren, Al Moore, and Al Buell.
    In 1945 Ballantyne began painting pin-ups for Brown & Bigelow, having been recommended by Gil Elvgren. While there, she designed direct mail pin-up brochures for the company and was eventually given the honor of creating an Artist's Sketch Pad twelve-page calendar. She often used herself as a model. In 1954, Ballantyne painted twelve pin-ups for a calendar published by Shaw-Barton. Upon the calendar's release in 1955, demand was so great that the company reprinted it many times.

    Ballantyne then went on to paint one of the most famous advertising images ever, when Coppertone suntan lotion asked her to create a billboard image in 1959. That image, of a pigtailed girl with her bathing suit being tugged down by a small dog, has become an American icon. Her 3-year-old daughter Cheri Brand was used as the model for the girl.

    Joyce Ballantyne eventually moved into the realm of portraits and fine art, painting the portraits of scores of entertainment and sports personalities as well as luminaries from the business, social, and academic worlds. Subjects included comedian Jonathan Winters, Robert Smalley of Hertz, and Major General John Leonard Hines.

    She often resented the fact that the Coppertone girl was her most famous work, saying "Big deal, it's only baby art. I didn't feel there was anything special about that ad. Just a piece I was commissioned to do and nothing more."
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States, Illinois
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Oil on Canvas
    Condition: Fair. Overall good - Fair condition, bright colors but there are stretcher marks on right left and yellowing varnish and light surface grim, white areas
    Creation Date: 1940-1950s
    Styles / Movements: Post Impressionism, Asian Art, Contemporary
    Incollect Reference #: 642027
  • Dimensions
    W. 22 in; H. 28 in; D. 2 in;
    W. 55.88 cm; H. 71.12 cm; D. 5.08 cm;
Message from Seller:

You'll find an eclectic group of art works at Robert Funk Fine Art. 45 years of experience has shaped Director Robert Funk's multi-perspective approach to presenting art. As an undergrad in painting, he studied with great teachers such as first-generation abstract expressionist Robert Richenburg and hyper-realist painter Janet Fish. In Graduate School he worked with famed critic E.C. Goossen and went on to work as a Photographer, New York Advertising Art Director, and Art Collector.

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