The Original Hustler

Paddy Jane Gallagher


The Original Huster is a celebration, investigation and deconstruction into the backroom moments that made pinup girls, gangsters, spies, courtesans, and cross- dressing women icons of the prohibition era. Celebrated, they appear in classic form, printed on the backs of old jazz recordings. Investigated, the untold moments that made them icons are observed with quiet intimacy, then exposed on canvas, taking on the painted quality of a vintage esquire. Deconstructed, the hustle shifts hands, and the originally powerless become powerful.

Curated by Tao Drayton