Unsung Heroes: Venus Xtravaganza

FullSizeRender (14)1.jpg
Venus Xtravaganza DETAIL1.jpg
Venus Xtravaganza DETAIL2.jpg
Venus Xtravaganza ROUGH PASTE.jpg
FullSizeRender (14)1.jpg
Venus Xtravaganza DETAIL1.jpg
Venus Xtravaganza DETAIL2.jpg
Venus Xtravaganza ROUGH PASTE.jpg

Unsung Heroes: Venus Xtravaganza

575.00

From my series "Unsung Heroes" which has toured Melbourne, Gold Coast and Paris. "Venus Xtravaganza" was 1 of a series of 8 portraits of artists, musicians, writers, actors and cultural icons who have inspired my work over the years - yet are relatively unknown outside of subculture. Each portrait is painted on wood.

 

Venus was a young transgender woman living in 1980s New York, who was featured in the classic Jennie Livingston documentary, 'Paris Is Burning' . Centred around the NYC drag Balls of the 80s, where the act of Vogueing was born, popularized by Madonna, it involves a dance that imitates the poses on the covers of fashion magazines like VOGUE. Venus was a member of the House of Xtravaganza (a self-described 'Gay Street Gang'), and regularly walked the balls, paying her way as a prostitute before her tragic murder at the hands of a trick. She described wanting to get married in white and live in a house in the suburbs, like a spoiled rich white girl who gets what she wants and never really has to struggle.


The artwork is an original and absolutely one of a kind. It is made from mixed media (pen, permanent marker, gouache, acrylic, stickers and spraypaint) on wood, and is size 60 cms x 60 cms approx. It is ready to hang.

There are several other works left from this series - please enquire if you would like to see what else I have available.

Add To Cart