In the spirit of She Persisted, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, and Rad American A-Z, acclaimed artist Leah Tinari offers a spectacular collection of portraits, celebrating iconic, inspirational, and groundbreaking American women.
Fine artist Leah Tinari’s stunning, spellbinding portraits honor the groundbreaking achievements and indelible impact of twenty-four extraordinary American women. These women’s dreams were without boundaries; their accomplishments limitless in their reach and lasting power.
Tinari’s list is comprised of trailblazers, whose vision, grit, and guts paved the way not only for the generations to come, but for Tinari’s own artistic journey. These women include Louisa May Alcott, Rachel Carson, Julia Child, Shirley Chisholm, Ellen Degeneres, Ray Eames, Eve Ensler, Carrie Fisher, Dian Fossey, Aretha Franklin, Betsey Johnson, Carol Kaye, Yuri Kochiyama, Liz Lambert, Lozen, Shirley Muldowney, Tracey Norman, Annie Oakley, Georgia O’Keefe, Dolly Parton, Kimberly Pierce, Gilda Radner, Sojourner Truth, and Abby Wambach.
Their contributions to the arts, education, science, politics, civil rights, fashion, design, technology, and sports are enduring and noteworthy. Courage, perseverance, brilliance, and passion were the guiding, groundbreaking principles for these diverse women who span the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
Tinari opens this collection of portraits with an explanation of the project's origin. After working on portraits of U.S. presidents, Tinari's "resentment began to grow. I had just spent months painting and researching men and only men." The death of Carrie Fisher inspired her to create the first portrait of what would become her American Women series. Joining Fisher (whose image graces the cover) are Louisa May Alcott, Aretha Franklin, Carol Kaye, Yuri Kochiyama, Lozen, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Dolly Parton (the latter, she says, "wrote some of her best songs strumming with fake nails"). Tinari brings a decidedly punk rock sensibility to the images, adding vibrant splashes of neon color to the subjects' hair, faces, and clothing; word collages relating to the individuals' lives work in visual tandem with the images. On end pages, Tinari offers biographical information and descriptions of each individual's "powerful moment." While there aren't as many women of color depicted as one might hope, Tinari's paintings are commanding and true to their subjects. Ages 10 up.