Pussy Quiet Riot

SKU: H34600

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
155 x 155 cm Framed

$12,085

Kickstart a rebellion with Gotham City’s finest feline felon in Pussy Quiet Riot. Bursting with electrifying, candy-coated hues and punchy imagery, the painting portrays a cunning Catwoman clad in her iconic skintight bodysuit and stylized mask as she tenderly clutches a black stray cat in her arms. Known for his cheeky visual puns, Johnny Romeo toys with the idea of a pussycat trinity, where the black rag doll cat rests on Gotham’s deadliest cat burglar while the word ‘pussy’ hovers in the background. Often operating under the cover of darkness, Catwoman stands in front of an ominous crescent moon, her bewitchingly sly stare implying that mischief is brewing in the quiet of the night. The presence of the black cat further heightens the rebellious nature of the painting, with its allusions to the ‘sabo-tabby’ symbol associated with the anarchist movement. Romeo capitalizes on this silent promise of revolution through the rollicking title Pussy Quiet Riot, which riffs on the name of the classic heavy metal band Quiet Riot. By adding ‘Pussy’ to the title, Romeo skillfully subverts the overtly macho posturing and sexism we identify with hard rock to recall the triumphant ‘killer girl’ spirit of the Russian Feminist protest group Pussy Riot, and by extension, the fierce independence of Catwoman. Empowerment, in this sense, plays a central role in the painting through the word assemblage ‘Stray Solid’, which nods to Catwoman’s origin story as a stray orphan wandering the streets of Gotham before finding her calling as an infamous cat burglar. By embracing her authentic self, Romeo’s Catwoman has found a way to ‘Stay Solid’ and survive the traumas of her past to become the radical leader of her own ‘quiet riot’.

H34600 Pussy Quiet Riot

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Johnny Romeo is an internationally acclaimed Australian painter. Considered Australia’s leading Pop artist, Romeo is spearheading the global Neo-Expressionist Pop movement with his electrifying collision of rock’n’roll swagger, comic book aesthetics and street art. Described by GQ Magazine Australia as ‘part punk, part pop’, Romeo’s Kitsch Pop works are explosive sugar rushes of Technicolour imagery and urban grittiness that are turning heads worldwide.

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