David Russell Talbott’s Apple Pie Picnic (2008) is a send-up of the cliché “As American as apple pie.” Talbott jams as many icons as he can on the picnic cloth. Marilyn Monroe on her knees next to a picnic basket on which is a steaming apple pie; a copy of Jack Kerouac’s  On the Road; and the familiar image of James Montgomery Flagg’s Uncle Uncle Sam. Marilyn dreams and Uncle Sam mouths the famous words from Walter Boots Flagg’s war poster,  “I want you. . .”

Cheesecake Picnic Party: A Killer Batch of Tasty Treats (2007) evokes the Hollywood film noir. It’s a satire of the so-called cheesecake images of sexy women.

David Russell Talbott. Cheesecake Picnic Party: A Killer Batch of Tasty Treats (2007). Oil on Canvas. Private Collection

David Russell Talbott. Cheesecake Picnic Party: A Killer Batch of Tasty Treats (2007). Oil on Canvas. Private Collection

*Featured image: David Talbott Russell. Apple Pie Picnic (2008). Oil on Canvas. Private Collection