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Women artists have been overlooked throughout history. Although steps are being taken to redress this imbalance, women remain underrepresented in collections and sometimes it can be difficult to find their works or even to know where to start looking. There are thousands of women artists represented on Art UK, and to give you a place to start exploring their works we have created 26 Curations of women artists, divided up by surname A-Z. The set of Curations contains works by 1,000 female artists in total. You won't find the likes of Frida Kahlo or Hilma af Klint as their works are not in UK public collections (yet), but you will find a wealth of art from works by Eileen Agar to Doris Zinkeisen – and plenty more in between.

22 artworks
  • Gwen John (1876–1939)

    Self-Portrait 1902
    Gwen John (1876–1939)
    Oil on canvas
    H 44.8 x W 34.9 cm
    Tate
    Self-Portrait
    Photo credit: Tate

  • Marie Blanche Jackson (1877–1960)

    Eastern Children Playing
    Marie Blanche Jackson (1877–1960)
    Oil on canvas
    H 70 x W 91 cm
    Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
    Eastern Children Playing
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Dilys Jackson (b.1938)

    Bronze 1 (1) 1991
    Dilys Jackson (b.1938)
    Bronze
    H 65 x W 31.5 x D 25 cm
    The Women’s Art Collection
    Bronze 1 (1)
    © the artist. Photo credit: The Women’s Art Collection

  • Enid Ursula Jackson (1874–1914)

    King and Queen of Hearts c.1896
    Robert Anning Bell (1863–1933) and Enid Ursula Jackson (1874–1914)
    Oil & gilt gesso on canvas & board
    H 70 x W 148 cm
    Walker Art Gallery
    King and Queen of Hearts
    Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery

  • Louise Rice Jacobs (1880–1946)

    Alderman Benno Pearlman c.1929
    Louise Rice Jacobs (1880–1946)
    Oil on canvas
    H 154 x W 104 cm
    Hull Guildhall
    Alderman Benno Pearlman
    Photo credit: Hull Guildhall

  • Shani Rhys James (b.1953)

    Head I (Self Portrait) 2002
    Shani Rhys James (b.1953)
    Oil on linen
    H 31 x W 25 cm
    Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
    Head I (Self Portrait)
    © Shani Rhys James. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

  • Tess Jaray (b.1937)

    Cupola Green 1963
    Tess Jaray (b.1937)
    Oil on canvas
    H 170 x W 150 cm
    Walker Art Gallery
    Cupola Green
    © the artist. Photo credit: Walker Art Gallery

  • Mainie Jellett (1897–1944)

    Painting 1938
    Mainie Jellett (1897–1944)
    Oil on canvas
    H 76 x W 64.6 cm
    National Museums NI
    Painting
    Photo credit: National Museums NI

  • Mary Jewels (1886–1977)

    St Ives 1956
    Mary Jewels (1886–1977)
    Oil on canvas
    H 50 x W 60 cm
    Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services
    St Ives
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services

  • Hilda Jillard (1899–1975)

    What Harvest? 1939
    Hilda Jillard (1899–1975)
    Oil on panel
    H 122 x W 91.5 cm
    IWM (Imperial War Museums)
    What Harvest?
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: IWM (Imperial War Museums)

  • Isabella Jobling (1851–1926)

    Fisherfolk 1893
    Isabella Jobling (1851–1926)
    Oil on canvas
    H 121.6 x W 91 cm
    Laing Art Gallery
    Fisherfolk
    Photo credit: Laing Art Gallery

  • Chantal Joffe (b.1969)

    Looking towards Bexhill 2016
    Chantal Joffe (b.1969)
    Oil on canvas
    H 213 x W 152 cm
    Royal Academy of Arts
    2016, oil on canvas by Chantal Joffe (b.1969)
    Looking towards Bexhill
    © the artist. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Arts

  • Claudette Johnson (b.1959)

    Standing Figure with African Masks 2018
    Claudette Johnson (b.1959)
    Pastel and gouache on paper
    H 151.5 x W 122 cm
    Tate
    Standing Figure with African Masks
    © the artist. Photo credit: Tate

  • Dorothy Johnstone (1892–1980)

    Anne Finlay (1898–1963) 1920
    Dorothy Johnstone (1892–1980)
    Oil on canvas
    H 145.3 x W 100.5 cm
    Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums
    Anne Finlay (1898–1963)
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

  • Barbara Jones (1912–1978)

    Marconi Transmitting the First Radio Signals from Cornwall to Newfoundland, 1901 1950
    Barbara Jones (1912–1978)
    Watercolour & pencil
    H 28.5 x W 40.5 cm
    Rediscovering Art by Women
    Marconi Transmitting the First Radio Signals from Cornwall to Newfoundland, 1901
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Rediscovering Art by Women

  • Charlotte Jones (1768–1847)

    Georgina Moncreiff (1790–1842), Viscountess Newport, Later Countess of Bradford 1819
    Charlotte Jones (1768–1847)
    Oil on canvas
    H 8.3 x W 6.3 cm
    Weston Park
    Georgina Moncreiff (1790–1842), Viscountess Newport, Later Countess of Bradford
    Photo credit: Trustees of the Weston Park Foundation

  • Megan Hopcyn Jones (1936–2018)

    Craig-y-Rhiwarth 2000
    Megan Hopcyn Jones (1936–2018)
    Gouache, acrylic & pastel on paper
    H 49 x W 65 cm
    y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library
    Craig-y-Rhiwarth
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library

  • Seren Morgan Jones (b.1985)

    Blue Gloves, Orange Chair (Menig Glas, Cadair Oren) 2016
    Seren Morgan Jones (b.1985)
    Mixed media on canvas
    H 56 x W 51 cm
    Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales
    Blue Gloves, Orange Chair (Menig Glas, Cadair Oren)
    © the artist. Photo credit: Seren Morgan Jones

  • Leonie Jonleigh (1901 or 1902–1974)

    South Parade Pier
    Leonie Jonleigh (1901 or 1902–1974)
    Oil on board
    H 39.5 x W 50.5 cm
    Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services
    South Parade Pier
    © the copyright holder. Photo credit: Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services

  • Karin Jonzen (1914–1998)

    Susanna c.1970
    Karin Jonzen (1914–1998)
    Terracotta
    H 53.5 x W 40.8 x D 35.8 cm
    Southend Museums Service
    Susanna
    © the artist's estate. Photo credit: Southend Museums Service

  • Louise Jopling (1843–1933)

    Self Portrait 1877
    Louise Jopling (1843–1933)
    Oil on panel
    H 20.3 x W 15 cm
    Manchester Art Gallery
    Self Portrait
    Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

  • Lily Delissa Joseph (1863–1940)

    Self Portrait with Candles c.1910
    Lily Delissa Joseph (1863–1940)
    Oil on canvas
    H 105.5 x W 59.5 cm
    Ben Uri Collection
    Self Portrait with Candles
    Photo credit: Ben Uri Collection