Bettie Page Queen Of Nylon
New pin- up pop art prints based on the photographs of Bettie Page
taken by Irwin Klaw in the 1950’s
Thomas met Irwin's sister Paula Klaw in New York in the 1980s and bought a collection of original photos of Bettie that is the base of these works.
Bettie Page 1923 -2008 was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups", her shoulder-length jet-black hair, and trademark bangs have influenced artists and fashion designers for generations.
Irving Klaw 1910 – 1966 the "Pin-up King", was an influential American 1950’s merchant of sexploitation, of fetish, and Hollywood glamour pin-up photographs and films.The McCarthy-style hearings branded Klaw as a degenerate pornographer. Bettie retired from modelling soon afterwards and became religious. Klaw closed his business and burned 80% of his negatives. However, his sister Paula secretly kept some of the better images, which can be seen today.