Rose Keeffe

My Favorite Wife, 2018

Oil on Canvas 

40 x48 in.



Rose Keeffe: Iconoclast

January 16 - 30, 2021


This is a Painting of Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, who shared a long-term romantic relationship. This painting sources a publicity image of the two for the movie they starred in called My Favorite Wife (1940) in which they look particularly domestic. This painting makes use of a history of gay subtext, and hides hints alluding to the romantic nature of their relationship. This is meant to parallel how historically; gayness has had to exist in subtext and coding within heteronormative society. The coded nature of the themes of this painting is meant to be comedically blatant, and mock how absurd it is for the historical cannon to hide gay narratives such as that between these two gentlemen.

ROSE KEEFFE, My Favorite Wife

SKU: RK004
  • Rose Keeffe received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Since then, she has set up her studio in the greater Boston area where she continues to expand and explore her art process.

    Keeffe works primarily in oil, but utilizes digital mediums heavily in her ideation process,

    creating collages in photoshop that she then synthesizes on the canvas. She pulls imagery from mythological and historical sources to contextualize and articulate her own personal narratives and create depth and complexity in her work. 

    Her recent works center around the skepticism and disillusionment she feels as a recent college graduate in the current social environment. Her works reflect on her experiences being a young lesbian as she endeavors find acceptance in a world with values and expectations to which she finds impossible to relate.


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