Holly Suzanne Rader, ‘Killer Queen’, 2016, DETOUR Gallery
Holly Suzanne Rader, ‘Killer Queen’, 2016, DETOUR Gallery
Holly Suzanne Rader, ‘Killer Queen’, 2016, DETOUR Gallery
Holly Suzanne Rader, ‘Killer Queen’, 2016, DETOUR Gallery
Holly Suzanne Rader, ‘Killer Queen’, 2016, DETOUR Gallery
Holly Suzanne Rader, ‘Killer Queen’, 2016, DETOUR Gallery

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

Detour Gallery

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

Solo Shows

2018
2017
Maison 10, 
New York, NY, United States,
Hollywood

Group Shows

2016
Detour Gallery, 
Red Bank, NJ, United States,
Culturedrone
2012
SCAD Museum of Art, 
Savannah, GA, United States,
Little Black Dress