Since 1911, International Women’s Day has celebrated female empowerment by exhibiting the achievements of women around the globe. Director of the Tate Modern, Frances Morris, has long spoken out about the centuries-old discrimination women have faced. To see empowered women both creating art and shown within our artists’ work is exhilarating.
From Pascale Taurua’s fashionable figures to the beautiful dancers of Carly Ashdown, join us in celebrating the amazing talents of our female artists.
American-born photographer Eve Arnold was a pioneer amongst female photojournalists, shooting on the sets of world-famous films. After taking up photography in 1946, she went on to shoot some of the most influential and iconic figures in the world of film.
Eve's subjects included Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, with her achievements recognised in 1995 when she was elected the prestigious ‘Master Photographer’ by New York’s International Centre of Photography.
Speaking about her work with Marilyn Monroe, Eve said: “I found myself in the privileged position of photographing somebody who at first I thought had a gift for the camera, but who turned out to have a genius for it.”
Speaking to the quiet place within us all, Carly Ashdown’s female figures embody power as they dance and sway across the canvas. Carly works quickly, generating the energy and movement of her work.
Each piece evokes a spectrum of feelings, from tranquil colour schemes to scribbled text expressing a deep level of emotion. By spontaneously writing whatever comes to mind on the canvas, each piece remains alive until the last paint splatter.
As a former Miss France, Pascale Taurua is well-accustomed to the world of fashion. Despite being crowned with the elusive title, Pascale admits that the competition was difficult as the obligation to look perfect for others became a burden.
After winning the crown, she realised that art was the only way she could be herself. Pascale portrays a different side of fashion, with clothing symbolising the strength and sexuality of her characters.
Painting empowered females is nothing new for Emma Grzonkowski. From floral utopias to alter egos, each of her figures emphasises the natural beauty of the female form. Often using herself as a reference, Emma’s work revolves around passion and her own feelings and emotions.
Her recent Eden collection moves from the battle stricken female to the ethereal nature of women. In between swirls of colour and flowers – both succulent and poisonous – blooms a sense of serenity and peace.
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