Celebrating our female artists on International Women's Day!
As its International Women's Day, we thought we would show off some of the exceptional female talent that we work with here at artrepublic. We also asked them about how they got started as an artist and their journey through the art world.In no particular order:
Victoria Topping creates, in her own words, ‘music for the eyes’. Heavily influenced by all aspects of music - from the styling of 70s Jazz to the passion of Gospel and the groove of Disco - Topping synthesises the rhythmic and the melodic into her synaesthetic originals and limited edition prints, creating artworks with their own unique soul. Victoria's work is bold, bright and fabulous. She creates brilliant collages that not only look great but can be read like a story. It's better to derive your own stories from her work and let the piece move you in whatever way feels the most natural. Although she is a newer artist to artrepublic, she has certainly cemented herself as a force not to be reckoned with.
Lene Bladbjerg"It wasn’t actually my plan to become an artist and when I came to London in 1996, I studied graphic design at the London College of Printing. When I finished, I worked as a freelance graphic designer for a little while, but quite quickly realised it wasn’t for me. I started painting and taking close-up photos of flowers, which I sold at craft fairs -and then it has just moved on from there. I call myself a graphic artist as my work is still very influenced by my graphic design background. My work is often text based and I love mixing the words and pictures."
"My background as a women's-wear designer has given me the appreciation of textiles such as lace and its craftsmanship, (which would have often been made by women - up to 20,000 women were employed in the making of Nottingham lace in the 1800s - obviously an unprecedented female workforce at the time) and the lingerie paintings that I make are very much with a female gaze - they aren’t intended to be seductive but sensual, a celebration of the beauty of lingerie. I think that the bras/lingerie are ‘worthy’ enough to be the subject of a painting, the work that goes into them does make them worth celebrating - the beauty of the everyday is something that inspires me. "