Tallulah Bankhead, City National Bank, and the Wright Interior Design
"Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it."
Fine Art Print on Paper with 1" White Border for Easy Framing
Each print is hand-signed by the artist. The 12"x12" print contains a 10"x10" image.
Limited Edition Giclee Print on Canvas with Black Frame, 20"x20"
This special series of 50 Limited Edition Series Prints are exact replicas of the original paintings. They include a certificate of authenticity signed by the printer and the artist, and are hand-signed and numbered. The frame is black and sits 1 1/2" from the wall.
About the Painting:
This one was a “must paint.”
I have always loved Tallulah Bankhead for her mysterious aura and her have-at-it-attitude. Having just finished Wright on Rita, which included details of the columns from the adjoining City National Bank (also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright); I knew I wasn’t done with Mason City. I had to feature the bank in its own painting and who else could wear it? This was a serious “no-brainer.”
As I begin to paint, images for the background start to flood in. When I do these pieces, I not only research the history of the iconic women but also the history of the buildings. This always yields a treasure trove of images and ideas.
Frank Lloyd Wright was not only an innovative architect; he was also an impressive designer of interior furnishings. His philosophy of “bringing the outside in” was revolutionary. I had been waiting for a painting where I might reverse his philosophy by pushing “the inside out.” And this was that piece.
In the background of Bankhead, I have incorporated Wright’s designs from carpets, art glass windows and insignias found inside these two buildings. The result is very linear and purposeful, with the unmistakable colors Wright had chosen for his interior designs.
The finished piece finds a soft and feminine Tallulah reclining in her angular surroundings. No one else could confidently pull this look off. You can Bank on it.
– Karen Robb
About Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968)
Tallulah Bankhead was an American actor known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Her dauntless character and unique mannerisms garnered her lasting acclaim in comedy and melodrama on both sides of the Atlantic. Bankhead contributed to the welfare of foster children and helped families escape the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Having performed roles in over 300 film, stage, television, and radio shows, her work can be experienced in movies such as Stage Door Canteen, Lifeboat, Fanatic, Faithless, and A Royal Scandal.
"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner." - TB
Prints on Paper
Your fine art print is a Magiclee Verona 250hd smooth cotton fine art print created here in Winnipeg by my professional printer to ensure the closest fidelity to the original. Each print will be hand signed by me, the artist.
Prints on fine art paper include a white border for easy framing, which can also act as a mat. Therefore, your image will be smaller than its total paper size. Border sizes are stated and shown in the photo of each listing.
- Ex: A 12"x12" print contains a 10"x10" image
Giclee Prints on Canvas with Black Frame, Limited Edition
- The Special Series of 50 Limited Edition Prints are exact replicas of the original paintings.
- Limited Edition Canvas Prints include a certificate of authenticity signed by the printer and the artist.
- These prints are also signed and numbered on the back of each canvas by the artist.
- Frames are black and sit 1 1/2" from the wall.
I currently ship within Canada and the Continental United States. Each print is hand packed by me to ensure its safe arrival. Please understand that I am a single artist, working full time, and printing each painting to order, so expect up to three weeks for arrival.
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Returns and Exchanges
All prints are made to order and signed by me. Unfortunately, I cannot provide returns or exchanges.
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