Social media is blamed for a lot of things: we don’t interact with each other anymore, we now watch entire concerts on our phone instead of using our eyes, we all have RSI… But it’s not all bad, we have a lot to thank it for too.
Social media can offer a whole lot of positivity, support and inspiration if you’re looking in the right places. Instagram is providing a platform for women everywhere, a leading light for female artists to have their work seen and their messages heard.
Katy Hessel’s @thegreatwomenartists celebrates female art on the daily. Stay tuned.
One week to go until my talk with artist @alexa_coe, and I’m very excited to announce that @venetiaberry and @hesterfinchw will be joining !!! We will be discussing the artists’ work and depicting the nude and female form infront of Alexa’s exhibition, BARE @benkandbo ✨ Ahead of this @partnershipeditions very nicely came to my flat to ask me a few questions about all things Great Women Artists (linkinbio)✌️✌️ Last few tickets left for the talk via www.partnershipeditions.com/events, £5 but all proceeds go to @womenforwomen 👁 Come down! • #AlexaCoe #VenetiaBerry #HesterFinch 📸 @roryjamesphoto
And here are some artists we love:
Florence Given, London.
Unforgiving and unruly – Florence Given’s feminist art is bright and unwavering. Her work covers topics of assault and sexual harassment with slogans like ‘If Satan needs someone’s consent to enter their body then so do you.’
Sex tokens don't just fall out of women when you buy them a friggin cocktail. There's an expectation that if a man buys you a drink you are at least going to entertain him. You are never sexually indebted to someone, no matter what the situation is. However, if you want to make the most out of the shitty situation it is to be a woman – get ya free drink, profit from oppression (like badass strippers do) and don't feel guilty about it. You owe no one. London's pricey anyway
Alice Skinner, London.
‘Creating tongue in cheek illustrations as a social commentary on 21st-century life’, Alice tackles subjects of oppression and injustice with equal amounts of comedic and artistic value with her ethos ‘How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?’
Can people (men) FUCK OFF and stop sitting around in rooms deciding what's best for women. This new attack on birth control is bullshit! Because obviously birth control promotes 'risky sexual behaviour' which is clearly a greater threat to society than the leader of the free world being a sexual predator. 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼 big up the state of California suing the administration for forcing women off of it #mybodymychoice #nouterusnoopinion #feminism #illustration #aca #fucktrump #birthcontrol #resist
Kezia Webborn, London.
Presenting women just as they are, Kezia Webborn is a London based artist who explores women’s relationship with their own body, as well as each other. Kezia ‘reflects and challenges the rich history of the female nude, depicted through art and largely through the male gaze’.
Jacqueline Colley, London.
Jacqueline Colley’s designs are pure summer. Think Tigers, Toucans, and tropical foliage, this exotic artwork is skilled, calming, and screams of summer. Get yourself the ‘tiger growl patch‘ and snazz up your denim jacket with a Colley original.
Elizabeth Ilsley, London.
Who says art should be limited to prints? Elizabeth Ilsley has found an edgy middle ground with her production of thought-provoking prints, t-shirts, and leather jackets, with their assertive one-liners to empower women and smash outdated taboos.
Alexandria Coe, London.
Simple yet beautiful, Alexandria Cole manages to capture the female body in an empowering and intimate way. Unique lines create stunning celebrations of all variants of the female physique, ‘The work seeks to find authenticity within both drawing and the female form’ and it succeeds.
Top Girl Studio, England.
Millennial pink mixed with millennial messages – Top Girl Studio creates graphics that talk to a generation. ‘I love pasta and sugar and bread and myself’ – Don’t we all? Run by Anna Potter, the Instagram and zines she publishes explore themes of female empowerment and our internet (and meme) obsessed society in the wittiest way.
Robin Eisenberg, LA.
Physcadelic colours and supernatural themes, Robin Eisenberg has created a series of cosmic alien girls ‘who I imagine are feeling good on their own, and who aren’t relying on any external validation.’ They’re fun and freeing.
Frances Cannon, Melbourne.
Unabashed realness saturates Frances Cannon’s artwork. Simple, linear outlines are accompanied with poetry, ‘You don’t complete me. I complete me. Stop trying to save the women you love.’ Frances well and truly frees the nipple, her artwork shows an array of women and constantly reiterates how ‘perfection is a construct’. Thank you, Frances, sometimes it’s good to be reminded.
Rosie McGuinness, London.
Specialising in fashion and figurative illustrations, London based Rosie McGuinness is ‘known for strong line drawing with a focus on style, figures, and textiles.’ Combining her fashion design education and her pen skills with seasonal trends, her work is easy on the eye, and easy on your Instagram feed.
Angelica Hicks, New York via London.
If you’re one of those that thinks if it’s not punny then it’s not funny, New York artist Angelica Hicks is the one for you. With her Sneakerella artwork, jokes about Facebook’s ‘pry-vacy’, and booty calls – with actual pairs of boots. The playful nature of her art makes it accessible and inviting whilst still retaining a poignant message.
Polly Nor, London.
‘Drawing women and their demons’, Polly Nor interweaves themes of female identity, sexuality , nd emotional turmoil through her work, taking inspiration from her own female experience of life in a digital age. We’ve all got demons, and most likely, Polly is drawing them.