The Justice & Police Museum in Sydney is hosting an exhibition of original paintings by Australian artist Rosemary Valadon. Wicked Women features portraits of contemporary Australian women inspired by pulp fiction and film noir. Valadon’s paintings are promoted as both embracing and subverting the genre’s stereotypes – sexist becomes sexy.
Tara Moss, Rachel Ward, Skye Leckie, Imogen Kelly, Sonia Kruger, Ros Reines, Larissa Behrendt, Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Margaret Cunneen, Essie Davis, Annette Shun Wah, Kara Shead, each chose a classic film poster or book cover for their sitting.
The paintings are indeed a cheeky and edgy feminist response to the motif of the dangerous femme deftly portrayed, and with a real feel for noir archetypes.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 20 October 2012 to Sunday 28 April 2013.