Shape Ahoy by Enoch Bolles
Shape Ahoy by Enoch Bolles

Shape Ahoy

Shape Ahoy c1936 by American Painter Enoch Bolles (1883 – 1976); known as a glamour style pin-up art illustrator.

This is an Art Deco pin up girl illustration of a beautiful redhead sitting on the floor wearing a one piece yellow swimsuit with matching lace up yellow high heel shoes with a white sailors hot on her head.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Enoch was born to perfume chemist Enoch Bolles, Jr and Catherine Keep in Marion County, Florida on March 3, 1883.

He studied at the New York National Academy of Design (est. 1825), and published his first illustration on the covers of humor magazines; Judge and Puck in 1914; becoming best known for illustrating the pulp magazine Film Fun.

Then in 1923 he became the exclusive cover artist for Film Magazine and would continue in that position until 1943, when the magazine became a victim of the then Postmaster General’s campaign against salacious material.

During Enoch’s time with Film Fun Magazine he created 200 pieces cover art, and at least 300 additional covers for other spicy pulp magazines, including Breezy Stories, Pep and New York Nights.

Enoch’s monthly lineup of the All-American Beauty precisely posed in imaginative costume is responsible for defining the art of American Pin Up Illustration. He was also a versatile illustrator that created advertising art for many products of the time such as Sun-Maid Raisins and Zippo Lighters.

At the age of 60, in 1943 Enoch had to end is professional career due to psychological problems, and was confined him to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey for most of the rest of his life; but he continued to paint commissioned portraits and for personal enjoyment.

He was eventually released from the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in 1969 and he passed away seven years later of heart failure at the age of 93.

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