Can You Name #5WomenArtists?

Most people are surprised they aren't able to complete this challenge, even though the average person has no problem naming 5 male artists! Why is it so difficult? There is still a tremendous gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad...

 

 

 

The National Museum of Women in the Arts created the #5WomenArtists campaign to directly address this issue.  iCanvas is proud to support this campaign and our female artists to help eliminate the gap.





What inspired you to become an artist?

Life, all the beauty that surrounds us and all the pain we experience. Art is my way of language with others to describe how I see life.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Sticking to what I value as my artistic expression and creating photographs that express how I truly feel, and now others appreciate and seek out my art - it's everything I could have ever wanted.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

A celebration of all the beauty, loving energy and strength women bring to Earth. I always think of my mom of course because I feel like everything she did for most of her life was for me, she worked really hard and sacrificed a lot to make my life better.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Marina Abramovic, Anais Nin, Iris Van Herpen


Did you have to overcome any unnecessary obstacles to become a professional female artist?

I needed to work hard to have credibility in art between my male colleagues, as I constantly heard them refer to it as “my hobby”. Male artists have their own circle and frequently it’s hard to break in.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment has been balancing my family with my art career.

What advice would you give to aspiring female artists?

Above all be true to yourself. Move yourself away from the critics and release their scathing comments from your world. Surround yourself with support, inspiration and words of encouragement. Unite forces with females artist peers, work together, help each other.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Carla Bank, Kate Morgan, Jennifer Lashbrook, Kate Tillman, Mimi Damrauer

Hikari Shimoda

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What inspired you to become an artist?

I have been drawing since childhood, and my mother gave me many books about art when I was growing up, which had a lasting influence on me. Most recently, my work is created as a direct response to the Great East Japan Earthquake which occurred in 2011.

Did you have to overcome any unnecessary obstacles to become a professional female artist?

In my home country of Japan, it can be particularly challenging for women to book an exhibition over their male counterparts. A greater emphasis of importance is placed on our personal appearance, in addition to the aesthetic of our visual art.

What advice would you give to aspiring female artists?

Careers don't have genders; girls can be whatever you want to be, and I want to live in a world where the term "female artist" does not exist.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Loretta Lux, Bjork, Yayoi Kusama, Masako Ando, Kimichi Nishiki

sophie-wilkins

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What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is to have persisted in believing my dream of living my passion.

What art piece (yours or another artist’s) do you think is the strongest piece to represent International Women’s Day? Why?

My homage to Frida Kahlo. She is for me a symbol of courage and one of the great women who has marked the history of art.

What advice would you give to aspiring female artists?

The advice I would give is that women have a place in the visual arts, it is about believing in oneself.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Frida Kahlo, Camille Claudel, Betty Goodwin, Sandra Chevrier, Heidi Taillefer


What inspired you to become an artist?

I think it began when I was still at school, at the age of eleven. I liked to make illustrations and logos, which is why I eventually studied Graphic Design. With time I perfected my technique and about three years ago I dedicated myself 100% to art.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

I've made art for bands and musicians (cover arts and posters). I love to do that because music is very important in my life, and has always been an inspiration.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It's a celebration of all women coming together, celebrating being women.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Leonara Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jay Defeo, Ethel Schwabacher

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Did you have to overcome any unnecessary obstacles to become a professional female artist?

I grew up in a small town during the 70's and was often taught in various ways that women were not as smart, and not as suited to positions of authority as men were. This was even referred to in work that stereotypes would say women would be better at, such as being a chef or in the healing professions. So this set up an inner doubt of achieving excellence. This was an idea I was always pushing against, creating an inner conflict. So early on I set my sights much lower and doubted my capabilities. The obstacles instilled were all mental.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment has been my hard work and my bravery in trusting myself and in giving my art the time it has required, to follow my heart’s desire. Also, I am quite proud of Tres Leches Art Gallery that I own with my partners and fellow artists Kathleen Krishnan and Alison Price.

What inspired you to become an artist?

My inspiration has all come from within, the burning desire to be a painter. That desire became so large it blotted out my previous profession.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Georgia O’Keeffe, Julie Speed, Deborah Butterfield, Jennifer Davis, Barbara Hepworth


What inspired you to become an artist?

I have always loved drawing and creating, and also admiring others' artworks. I love how art can simultaneously be a therapeutic tool for the artist, and also something that adds more beauty into the world, for others to enjoy, to question, to connect with.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Managing to create the lifestyle I have always dreamed of: becoming a traveling artist who creates art while exploring the world and getting inspired by it!

What art piece (yours or another artist’s) do you think is the strongest piece to represent International Women’s Day? Why?

The iconic 'We can do it' Rosie the Riveter poster

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Frida Khalo, Barbara Kruger, Margaret Keane, Tamara de Lempicka, Mary Blair


Did you have to overcome any unnecessary obstacles to become a professional female artist?

Not really. There were lots of obstacles but I wouldn't call them "unnecessary". If you mean any obstacles that would only pertain to a woman... then choosing to have a child and continuing to have a presence as an artist in the art scene as well as finding the time to actually make art has been difficult. But women are strong, hard working and multi-tasking. We can do it all!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Giving up a full time job and career...to refocus on what I really loved to do.

What advice would you give to aspiring female artists?

Don't give up!

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Swoon, Soey Milk, Loish, Chloe Early, Becky Cloonan


What inspired you to become an artist?

The same thing that inspires someone to fall in love. My instincts forced me into the profession, I really never had a choice in the matter.

Did you have to overcome any unnecessary obstacles to become a professional female artist?

Being told a thousand times over the years that there's no money in art and it's an impossible career. I overcame that obstacle by bringing my cost of living down to nearly nothing, by living in Asia for a year in a tiny studio. Online I sold my first artworks in 2010 for less than $100/ea. I raised the prices so slowly over time, 5% at a time, and never paid for advertising. Eventually I moved to New York. My approach was to let the career grow organically and sustainably, no heavy handed marketing needed, nor fancy gallery needed to "discover" me. I invested all my money earned back into materials from day 1, careful never to overprice the paintings. I continue that approach to this day. By 2016 originals can sell for upwards of $30k. Slow and steady wins the race, let the market show you what you're worth is my advice to aspiring artists.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Being known worldwide for starting the finger painting revolution. Finger painting is now fine art.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Rosa Bonheur, Maria Ambramovic, Kiki Smith, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia Gentileschi


What inspired you to become an artist?

The desire to express myself. To show the world who I am inside and to process the often overwhelming emotions I feel.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Maintaining vulnerability in a world that keeps trying to strip us of such things.

What advice would you give to aspiring female artists?

Keep creating. Never stop.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Frida Kahlo, Francesca Woodman, Artemisia Gentileschi, The women of CLAMP, Imogen Cunningham, Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath.


What inspired you to become an artist?

I'm inspired by the beauty and innocence of animals. Through my paintings, I seek to give animals a voice and a personality.

Did you have to overcome any unnecessary obstacles to become a professional female artist?

I think female artists have it tough especially if you have kids. Women are supposed to take on the nurturing figures, stay at home and be Susie homemakers. Luckily, I became a professional artist later on in life. We are pretty well off finance wise. I have a husband that appreciates what I do and supports me. I could hire help around the house and look after the kids while I paint. It's all about finding the right balance and still having time to spend with your loved ones.

What art piece (yours or another artist’s) do you think is the strongest piece to represent International Women’s Day?

I love my painting - Norman Catwell it's a Homage to Norman Rockwell's Triple Self Portrait. The twist of this painting is a cat looking in the mirror, painting himself in a form of a tiger. The message of this piece is we are how we see ourselves and we can be whoever we want to be.

Who are your #5WomenArtists?

Susan Jarvis, Cassandria Parsons, Traci O'Very Covey, Tina Garrett, Kathryn Stats