Artsy Advent Calendar: 24 Women Artists to Know
min Read1 December 2022
With the festive season approaching, we want to present an advent calendar with 24 women artists to know before Christmas! Explore an array of amazing artists right here, or go further and read the in-depth articles that have helpfully been collated. This is a random and riveting listicle feast for your eyes.
December 1: Pacita Abad
Pacita Abad (1946-2004) was a painter from the Philippines best known for her trapunto paintings, a form of quilting and stitching canvasses.
December 2: Mary Blair
Mary Blair (1911-1978) was an American artist, animator, and designer. She was prominent in helping with the concept for many Disney films.
December 3: Tracey Emin
British artist Tracey Emin (b. 1963) is a contemporary British artist who now lives in Margate, Kent. Her artwork is often autobiographical and confessional. Her most famous and controversial work depicted a messy bed.
December 4: Helen Frankenthaler
The Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is not just known for her postwar American paintings but also for her use of woodblock printing and other innovative techniques.
December 5: Giovanna Garzoni
Giovanna Garzoni (1600-1670) was an Italian Baroque painter who specialized in small but detailed still-life paintings.
December 6: Maggi Hambling
Maggi Hambling (b. 1945) is a British artist known mainly for paintings but also for (controversial) public sculptures. These include her Scallop at Aldeburgh Beach, Conversation with Oscar Wilde, and her divisive tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft.
December 7: María Izquierdo
María Izquierdo (1902-1955) was the first ever Mexican woman to have her artworks shown in America. Her paintings often respond to political issues and ideas surrounding Mexican identity.
December 8: Ewa Juszkiewicz
The painter Ewa Juszkiewicz (b. 1984) is considered one of the best-known contemporary Polish artists. Faceless female portraits are her signature and she often reimagines famous existing portraiture in strange and unexpected ways.
December 9: Yayoi Kusama
December 10: Edmonia Lewis
The sculptor Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907) has the nickname “Wildfire.” She was the first African American and Native American sculptor to gain international renown. She incorporates themes relating to her ethnicity in her Neoclassical sculptures.
December 11: Nalini Malani
December 12: Alice Neel
The American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) was famous for her genuine portraits. Her style brilliantly depicted the emotional and psychological intensity of the sitter.
December 13: Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American painter well known for her blown-up depictions of flowers. O’Keeffe has been named the “Mother of American Modernism.”
December 14: Pan Yuliang
Pan Yuliang (1895-1977) was a renowned painter and the first Chinese female artist to paint in Western style. She lived roughly half her life in China and the other half in Paris.
December 15: Christina Quarles
Christina Quarles (b. 1985) is a queer Los Angeles-based artist whose paintings question assumptions about racial and gender identities.
December 16: Fiona Rae
Fiona Rae RA (b. 1963) is a Hong Kong-born British artist associated with the YBAs (Young British Artists). Rae’s oeuvre is characterized by her complex humor and restless energy.
December 17: Nōguchi Shōhin
Japanese painter Nōguchi Shōhin (1847-1917) lived through both the Edo and Meiji eras. Shōhin was born in Osaka and started painting at a young age.
December 18: Dorothea Tanning
December 19: Doris Ulmann
American photographer, Doris Ulmann (1882-1934), specialized in portraits of the people of Appalachia. Her work documents their life and culture.
December 20: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
December 21: Kara Walker
Kara Walker (b. 1969) is an American multidisciplinary artist. Her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes belong to her most famous artworks. In 2019, Walker took over Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for the 5th annual Hyundai Commission with a monumental fountain Fons Americanus.
December 22: Flora Yukhnovich
Contemporary British painter Flora Yukhnovich (b. 1990) puts a modern spin on the Rococo style. In the painting below, the title refers to the film When Harry Met Sally and it clearly evokes the styles of Jean Honore Fragonard and of Francois Boucher.
December 23: Portia Zvavahera
Zimbabwean painter Portia Zvavahera (b. 1985) incorporates block printing with oil painting. At the 2022 Venice Biennale, her expressive and rich works were on display at her country’s pavilion.
December 24: Chila Kumari Singh Burman
Chila Kumari Singh Burman (b. 1957) is an amazing British multidisciplinary artist. This amazing artwork presented below was a stunning technicolor installation for Tate Britain’s iconic winter façade in 2020. The commission references mythology, Bollywood, radical feminism, activism, and personal memories.
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