With International Women’s Day (8th March) fast approaching, I began reflecting on the great women who are currently in my life as well as those who have inspired me from a distance through their writing, film work and hard-working attitudes.
With this in mind, I have looked into the careers of five female artists – each from a different country on Art UK – to highlight their great works and achievements. All of the women below have brought their own personalities, talents
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky was born in Vienna, Austria in the early 1900s but subsequently moved to England with her mother in 1939.
After taking a masterclass by German painter and sculptor Max Beckmann, her portraits and still life works began appearing in exhibitions across the globe including London, Vienna
Despite becoming a well-known artist as a result of a 1985 exhibition at the Goethe Institute in London, Motensiczky highly disliked the idea of selling her paintings and often kept them in her house. After her death in 1996, her work became the possession of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, which continues to
Lubna Agha was a Pakistani-American artist who, at a young age, became one of the most
Her earlier works were exhibited in galleries across Karachi, Lahore
Agha’s work, notably, did not reach a wider Western
Ana Maria Pacheco is a Brazilian sculptor, painter
Pacheco’s work is exhibited in a number of private and public collections and she has exhibited her sculptures and paintings at the Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland, Norwich Cathedral
Jenny Holzer is an American artist based in New York whose work focuses more on the use of words rather than painted imagery. Her installations have gone beyond museum walls and have featured on advertising billboards, illuminated electronic displays
Holzer has also produced her verbal statements on t-shirts, stickers and became very fond of using LED lights too. Holzer has been awarded
Since 2004, Holzer’s work has been inspired by declassified government documents, with this particular piece coming from the National Security Archive detailing plans of the Iraq War. By taking governmental documents out of their military contexts, Holzer allows the public to reflect on the realities of war and other issues in a way that is an alternative to what is shown in mainstream media.
Rhiannon Fraser is a British artist and University of Loughborough Fine Arts graduate. During her
Fraser’s work, whilst notably consisting of beautiful and detailed oil on canvas pieces, has since expanded from canvas to the big screen. She has produced illustrations, murals and graphic designs for many blockbuster films including Star Wars: Episode VII, Paddington
Precious Mayowa Agbabiaka
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