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Abstract and realism portrait of drag queen Trixie Mattel in pink, blue and yellow.
Trixie Mattel
Oil and acrylic on canvas
60” x 40”

This painting is available, and will be exhibited in the Portia Geach Memorial Award in Sydney, AU through September 2019. Email Kim with any enquiries.

Portrait of comedian, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, drag queen and life-size woman, Trixie Mattel.

I became enamored of Trixie, drawn to her unique brand and musical talent. Standing nearly 7ft tall in her heels and wig, she has a quick wit, a gorgeous Native American jawline and hair for days. I interpret her Barbie-inspired look as a critique on consumerism coupled with stereotypes of hyper-femininity that society employs to objectify and glorify women. Our initial sitting took place backstage at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, just before Trixie’s performance of her one-woman music and comedy show.

Throughout the work I push and pull the boundary between realism and abstraction, highlighting the layers and complexity of identity, gender and beauty. Trixie and I collaborated as the portrait approached completion, deciding on a pink floral pattern inspired by an outfit from Trixie’s extensive Barbie collection.

Affordable, gallery quality OPEN EDITION PRINTS of this painting are available here.