Tallulah Bankhead has been redesigned to “Tallulah Beehead” her loyal hive swarms her adorned head. Either side of Bankhead's hair is crawling with small golden bumble bees and a garden of flowers that transition into scraps of paper that frame her withdrawn stare and drop all the way to the bottom of the panel. Swooping across her forehead is a golden headband made of hand glued beads.
Signature: 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