Artist of the moment……Joyce Ballantyne

Joyce Ballantyne was an American artist associated with the “pin up” girl movement. Joyce Ballantyne was born in the year 1918 in Norfolk, Nebraska. A highly successful commercial artist one the artist’s most renowned works was that of the Coppertone Girl. She spent much of her illustration career working for Grant Advertising Agency.


For her collegiate education Ballantyne attended the University of Nebraska, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Academy of Art.

Ballantyne began her career as an illustrator of books. She also created maps for the company Rand McNally.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $25,000. Ballantyne worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils, and acrylics.

The Coppertone Girl was an image of a young blond girl whose swimsuit is being pulled off by a small dog. Across the country some billboards were installed with moving parts that showed the swimsuit coming down and revealing the very pale buttocks in comparison to girl’s golden legs. Here is the Coppertone advertisement in case you haven’t seen it.


The artist often used herself for a model.

Joyce Ballantyne passed away in 2006 at the age of 88.


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