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Big Girls in Art: Charles Pace | Manolo for the Big Girl

Big Girls in Art: Charles Pace

The contemporary American painter, Charles Pace, has created this image which Francesca finds delightful:

It is called Fat Hula Girls, and Francesca loves it. Are they not very buxom and soft? Do they not seem to be having the time of their lives?

Francesca does not know whether Pace meant for his painting of the Fat Hula Girls to be delightful or ironic, but she doesn’t care.  It is a fun painting which, in the eyes of the Francesca, celebrates the Appley goodness of the round, fleshy belly and the fun that can be had with the smooth and squishy upper arms. Francesca wants to dance with these ladies!

(A poster of this image is available from the superfantastic folk at barewalls.com here.)

(Decorating tip: Pair “Fat Hula Girls” on the wall with one of these other images by the same artist; the colors of the paintings recall each other, but the “stone faces” paintings temper the kitch factor of the Hula girls. Of course, the posters would be big attention-grabbers, so best to use them in rooms that are either very minimalist or which have colors that blend well with the art)

10 Responses to “Big Girls in Art: Charles Pace”

  1. Diane February 21, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    What a wonderful image to wake up to! They make me want to get up and dance around in my room.

  2. Toby Wollin February 21, 2008 at 11:56 am #

    I’m envisioning this placed in such a way that when you enter the room, it trips off a recording of Hawaiian guitar music.

  3. Twistie February 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Hawaiian themed art is rarely of great interest to me, I must admit, but this painting…how delightful! They really are charming.

  4. Jeanine aka MsChilePepper February 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    I adore the colors the artist has used, as well as the sense of movement conveyed by the background swirlies. However, I think I would like the painting a lot more if the women didn’t look as if their outlines had been made with a rubber stamp and then the artist just colored the outfits differently.

  5. Leah February 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    I agree with Jeanine, I do wish their faces were a bit more uniquely expressive… but that sort of rhythm is very Pace, so what can ya do? The colors are fantastic, and this one goes in my imaginary cabana under the glass-top table.

  6. Eilish February 23, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

    Love it! I love Hawaii and this just makes me feel like I’m back; also it has a great sense of fun. Though it is a very undressed sort of place, I felt extremely comfortable in my skin in Hawaii, though I had just had my son and still felt self-conscious. I visited Kauai which is quieter and has a larger residential population. The island as a whole is not as touristy. I noticed that there were many big and beautiful Hawaiian woman and even the dancers featured in the luaus at the hotel and other places were of many lovely shapes and sizes. It is one of the least size conscious places I think I have ever been.

  7. char June 10, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    in response to janine aka ms chili pepper – you’re missing the point of view of poster print art – because of the vivid colors and the the way the artist portrayed the subjects, when you look at the print your eyes are immediately drawn to the colors and the subject matter just pops! So I believe, the artist did capture the effect of how he wanted us to view this type of poster print art.

  8. Alexis September 3, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    The Artist really captured something unique here, the wood carved look really gives this piece an ancient islandy feel, and this purposely accentuates the soft rubenesque curves of the 3 women. That along with the way the hands are posed and the swirling background makes this piece very hypnotic and theraputic to look at it. Perfect colors, I love it.

  9. Rebecca September 3, 2009 at 12:52 am #

    Where can I get this Art?

  10. Charles October 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    Color canvas prints of this image are available at my website http://www.CharlesPace.com.

    Thank you for supporting the arts!