A primary portrait of the Queen of Soul, Diana Ross. The background of the portrait references 36 queens referenced in popular culture. Each piece in the series also references fine artists from past and present. Diana’s hair is a kaleidoscopic homage to African American Artist Karen Walker and the layout of the piece references the style of pop icon Peter Blake.
Although googling “Queen” yields 1000’s of examples and I believe that their no longer exists a hierarchy in the idea, definition or example of “Queen”, I do believe that there is value in identifying and celebrating “Queen” iconography within a particular community, profession, or history. For this particular piece I chose 36 Queens from history ,science and pop culture. They include: Elizabeth, Chess Piece, Latifah, Kong, Dairy, Mary, Drama, Dancing, Nefertiti, Bee, Scream, Mean and 24 other references.
Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, who during the 1960s became Motown's most successful act. In 1976, Ross was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard magazine.
Kara Elizabeth Walker (born November 26, 1969) is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes. Walker lives in New York City and has taught extensively at Columbia University.
Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born 25 June 1932) is an English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and for two of the Who's albums. One of the best-known British pop artists, Blake is considered to be a prominent figure in the pop art movement. Central to his paintings are his interest in images from popular culture which have infused his collages.
THE OVERALL SYNTHESIS OF THIS COLLECTIVE POP DATA YIELDS THE PORTRAIT OF A NEW ICON…. QUEEN DIANA WALKER BLAKE