The famous ones
I started this list as a challenge to myself really. I began thinking about women artists and was shocked that I got as far as Tracey Enim and then my mind just went blank. I looked up a few more names on google and added a few more to the list: Jenny Saville, Yayoi Kusama, Brigette Riley and Maggi Hambling. They were important and interesting but I couldn’t honestly say they particularly influenced my work although I love the colours that Riley and Kusama use in their pieces.
I do really like the work of Rachel Whiteread who makes massive casts of the interiors of buildings and other unexpected objects like hot water bottles. She would have been part of Swansea’s UK City of Culture events in 2021.
Then I looked at my pinterest account and realised that it was jammed packed with contemporary female painters. Some I just like and others that inspire me. They are not especially famous but I thought I’d share their names and examples of their work.
Pochinski has a wonderful fluid style. Such energy and confidence to leave so much undefined.
I love her use of colour and light colour. Since October 5th, 2006, she has been creating one small painting almost every day.
Again wonderful colours and impressionistic looseness of style that I find very appealing.
A much tighter “stylised” form of painting but that same use of strong colours and emphasis on sunshine.
Again strong colurs, sunshine and an interest in mid-century buildings.
She also does a lot of paintings of Airstream trailers but I don’t care so much for those paintings. Although they are technically excellent, I find them less interesting as subject matter.
So, I think you can see that I am somewhat obsessed with sunshine and colour! I will also write a blog on living British female artists that I like.