Bow down to “The Killer Queen!” Portrayed in this piece is none other than her majesty herself, American actress Bebe Daniels. She is rocking a fierce dress and a larger-than-life crown, both of which are bejeweled with hand placed sequins, beads, pearls and rhinestones. These adornments create images of skulls, lips, butterflies and bumblebees; strings of white and pink pearls drape her shoulders and her backside. Poking out of her fresh baby pink dye job is a vintage Barclay style earring dangling with red and green rhinestones. On daniel's shoulders are hand painted spikes that add an intensity to her dress that matches the intensity of her memorizing stare. She is the epitome of feminine empowerment and romantic rebellion that artist Holly Suzanne Rader stands for.
Signature: Signed lower right corner
Image rights: Courtesy of Detour Gallery
2016, The Killer Queen, Detour Gallery, Red Bank, NJ
About Holly Suzanne Rader
Referring to her body of work as “graffiti glam,” Holly Suzanne Rader fuses vintage pin-up portraiture with expressive, graffiti-inspired gestures in vibrant, collaged paintings. Her colorful works recall Rosie-the-Riveter style propaganda posters and semi-erotic portraits of the women of Ziegfeld Follies. Rader’s coy subjects—adorned with neon paint swathes, appliqued crowns, and heroic slogans—engage tropes of femininity. They are at once coquettish and powerful, timeless and contemporary, commonplace and grandiose.
American, based in New Jersey