Saturday, May 22, 2010

Female Artists

Some of my favorite artists/illustrators are the brave women who first ventured into this male-dominated world. I'm just beginning to appreciate the courage of these woman who battled social expectations to follow their passion.
Recently, on Facebook, I followed a link to a 97 year old woman named Sheilah Beckett. What an inspirational woman. After reading about her, I've determined to put my age hang-up's behind me and just go for it. It's only a number.
IMC is coming up in less than 3 weeks and we were given our assignments. I've chosen the one that will fit easily into my portfolio, Beauty and the Beast. I'm trying to come at with a different twist, integrating a different culture portrayal. In all my searching for different references, I've come across some other female artists that I love. I wanted to share a few.

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale
Jesse Willcox Smith,

Elizabeth Shippen Green,

and Violet Oakley.

Sarah Stilwell Weber

Mabel Alvarez

Kate Elizabeth Bunce
Bertha Boynton Lum

Florence Harrison
Marianne Stokes

and of course, Trina Schart Hyman


Emerald Window said...

Trina is one of my favorite artists. But you forgot Sulamith Wulfing.

TaraLarsenChang said...

I second Sulamith Wulfing, and Sheilah Beckett has been a favorite for years. Although not an official Red Rose girl - Rose O'Neill. Margaret MacDonald (wife of Charles Rennie Mackintosh). Cicely Mary Barkers' "older" stuff. Kate Lawrence(mostly seen only on greeting cards). Adrienne Segur (she has a really interesting B&B piece btw. If you can't find it on google images, let me know).

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thanks for your suggestions, Emerald and Tara. I know I left many off this list. Sulamith is so lyrical and fluid. Simply lovely. Many of these women left little of their work behind. Some can only be found in the books they illustrated. I tend to love the pre-Raphaelites, as you can tell. I will go check out the rest of your recommends. I have a feeling this list could go on and on.

Swan Artworks said...

Thanks for sharing these, they're just my kind of artists! I also love Sulamith Wulfing... my Mum had a tiny magical book of hers that I used to look at for hours all through my very young childhood and it very much stayed with me...
Margaret and Frances Macdonald and the Glasgow Four I also love but it so hard to find images of theirs... I remember seeing 'A Harvest Moon' and other paintings whilst at art college but have never since found them!

Kim said...

These are are so, so gorgeous. I also love Blanche Fisher Wright.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thank you Carrie. The Glasgow School produced some incredible artists. Kim,thank you for putting a name to the artist of all those wonderful children's books.

ruthie said...

wonderful, lessons to be learnt from these ladies. an absolute fave of mine also another glasgow girl, jessie m king. (thank u for the sweet comment on faerietale, its great to b back) x

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Thank you, Ruthie. Yes, I just discovered her too. Check out this website: http//

ruthie said...

kim, thank you, i did and lost myself amongst those wonderful images, sigh.