March 8th


An equal world is an enabled world.
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

So here very briefly, are a few women artists that are on my favourites list and from previous posts:

Gwen John British painter. 1876 – 1939. She was the sister of Augustus John, but his complete opposite artistically, as she was in personality, living a reclusive life and favouring introspective subjects. After studying at the Slade School, 1895–8, she had lessons in Paris from Whistler, and adopted from him the delicate greyish tonality that characterizes much of her work. (The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, Oxford University Press)

Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011) was an American abstract expressionist painter, a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Frankenthaler was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, but developed her own distinct approach to the style. She invented the “soak-stain” technique, in which she poured turpentine-thinned paint onto canvas, producing colour washes across the unstretched canvas which she’d placed on the floor, often based on landscape but avoiding any three-dimensional illusionism.

Alyssa di Edwardo, American painter, b 1957. I love these swirls of energy and feeling – I’ve borrowed painting from her website 

Agnes Martin, Canadian, (1912–2004) ‘One of the few female artists who gained recognition in the male-dominated art world of the 1950s and ’60s, Martin is a pivotal figure between two of that era’s dominant movements: Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.’

Joan Mitchell – see more images on – born in Chicago in 1925, American, one of the leading younger “second generation” abstract expressionist painters, and a printmaker. See the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Julie Mehretu , Canadian, contemporary , ‘exploring palimpsests of history, from geological time to a modern day phenomenology of the social, Julie Mehretu’s works engage us in a dynamic visual articulation of contemporary experience, a depiction of social behavior and the psychogeography of space.’

Mary Weatherford (b. 1963, Ojai, California) has become increasingly recognized as one of the leading painters of her generation, as well as one of the most astute and daring practitioners taking on the legacies of American abstraction. As she explores and expands the medium’s possibilities, she honors its history by seizing opportunities to break with tradition at every turn. Over the course of her career she has produced feminist revisions of large-scale Color Field painting

Lilian Holt (1898–1983) British artist, this painting, below, from when she lived in Spain.

Perle Fine American 1905-88. ‘recognized for her ability to create visual rhythms using geometric forms, colours, and lines.’

Artemisia Gentileschi 1593 c. 1656 was one the most skilled painters of her time; trained from a young age by her father, then studied under Agostino Tassi who raped her. So , not surprisingly, due to the times, her reputation was called into question. But she continued her successful painting career. and