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Thursday, May 31, 2012

E. CHIRIAKA FAMOUS PINUP & ART NOIR ARTIST


 ERNEST 'DARCY' CHIRIAKA ~ May 11, 1913 - April 27, 2010
Anastassios Kyriakakos was born to Greek immigrant parents in New York City, adopting the more American name of Ernest Chiriaka. Out of humble beginnings & suffering came one of the most talented American Art Noir artists. In 1950 Liberty magazine AKA a 'slick' was the first to purchase cover art from Ernest. Sadly, the magazine suddenly closed their doors before Ernest’s August cover hit newsstands...


Chiriaka’s first real success was in 1952, when he was commissioned to paint two pinups for the Esquire calendar. The following year he was asked to paint all twelve lovely ladies. He continued working for Esquire, pinup magazines & pulp publisher's cover art for many years. His famous Esquire pinups are sultry women with proportions of Aphrodite. Chiriaka would hire as many as six different women to assemble his vision of an ideal beauty. Chiriacka signed using the moniker 'Darcy' or just 'D' for the slicks & he signed his pinups as E. Chiriaka. The calendar pages featured here are from the 1954 Esquire Girl Special Deluxe Edition Calendar. Art Deco Style!


I just love this beautiful Vintage ~ Authentic ~ Original E. Chiriaka pinup calendar lithographs. Every litho calendar page is signed E. Chiriaka & feature enchanting Hollywood starlets, sultry showgirls & pinup beauties in risque poses with amusing 1950s captions. These very rare Pinup Collectibles can be purchased in our EBAY COOL COLLECTIBLES STORE...










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