Why have there been no Great Women Artists?
Or have there? Of course there have, but they have been relegated to the back-bench for centuries.
Thankfully times are changing.
Linda Nochlin’s ground-breaking essay, Why have there been no Great Women Artists? was the first of many feminist attacks on the Western art historical canon to rock the boat. She paved the way for a brighter more egalitarian future to which thankfully we are ebbing closer and closer.
Following in Nochlin's formidable footsteps is The Great Women Artists Instagram account, founded by Katy Hessel in 2015, and, now a new exhibition of work at Grace Belgravia Spa (21 Feb - 8 April).
Featuring the work of four women emerging artists, Ladies' Paradise explores notions of the body and women's internal desires through multi-disciplinary figurative and abstract works.
Ahead of the exhibition, we look at some of the great female artists joining the conversation on Instagram.
Clementine Keith Roach is turning heads. Since her residency at Selfridges as part of the Bright Young Things initiative, the set-desiner turned artist has worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Bulgari, Vivienne Westwood and Wales Bonner to name a few.
Based in Hackney in East London, Keith Roach's work is bold, playful and not what it seems at first glance. Trompe l'oeil, plaster casting and gestural painting feature heavily in her set design and her sculptures, too. Check her out on Instagram or see her work at Grace Belgravia's upcoming exhibition, Ladies' Paradise.