Posted by Ferren, 16 October 2011
I have to say I adore this collection of Niagara Detroit art prints. Niagara has sung with punk bands such as Destroy All Monsters (D.A.M.) and Dark Carnival since 1974 and used her art-school background to create album artwork for the bands she’s performed with.
In 1996, the artist teamed up with a local Detroit gallery, CPop, and started work on the ‘Niagara Girls’ series. Just as the popularity of Burlesque star Dita Von Teese exploded, these art prints took off, channelling an exaggerated 1940s look based on pin-ups such as Bettie Page and the moody pout of iconic star Lauren Bacall.
Niagara’s own website describes the women she portrays as appearing “in many female guises…feminist swagger with drop dead gorgeous looks and an equally dangerous demeanour. Hard-boiled, tough talking gals who would rather dispatch a man than put up with any of his antics”. Her pop art portraits make explicit a no-nonsense attitude aimed at deflating the egos of chauvinistic men, perhaps taking their cues from the heroine of Roy Lichtenstein’s Masterpiece, her speech bubble dripping with sarcasm.
Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.
Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.
Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.
Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.
The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.