Recent Works by Holly Suzanne Rader

On Saturday, September 15th , art629 Gallery, located at 629 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, will host an opening party featuring the work of mixed-media artist Holly Suzanne Rader. The opening reception will start at 7PM and end at 10PM. The exhibit, titled “SILENT BEAUTY” will run through Sunday, October 21st.

This collection embraces the golden era of “silent” entertainment in the 1920s. Rader renders a world of vintage ballerinas, follie girls and silent film actresses through mixed media paintings and paper mache dress sculptures.


Born in Bristol, Tennessee and a graduate of Virginia Intermont College, Holly Suzanne Rader began her fine arts career as a classically-trained portrait painter, while in recent years evolving into a sculptor and mixed media artist exploring a wide range of materials including acrylic, photo collage, wax, resin, paper mache, sequins, glitter and even candy. She is drawn to subject matter typically of vintage glamour. Bright drips of paint, glitter-enhanced photos and high gloss finishes create a visual seduction of color and texture. The overture of her work, whether on canvas or in sculpture, evokes a playful presence of the feminine soul.

While completing her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, she traveled extensively and received international recognition. She was a featured artist in the 2002 “Women by Women” exhibition at the Mona Bismark Foundation in Paris. She was commissioned to create paintings for the 2006 SCAD Fashion Gala honoring designer Vera Wang. In 2010, Savannah College of Art and Design commissioned her to create over one-hundred mixed-media fiber works to be installed at their new Hong Kong campus.

Public and private collections of her work are continuously displayed in Atlanta, Savannah, Miami, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, New York City, Lacoste, France and Hong Kong. Cottage Living magazine described her work as “blending femininity with modern form.” She has also been featured in The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Le Monde and Le Figaro magazines.

She currently lives and works on the Jersey Shore with her son Jackson.