As a perfect follow-up to my two articles on discovering artists on Instagram, the exhibition of “The Great Women Artists: Women on Instagram” at Mother London presents a physical gallery of works from the screens of our Instagram app. In 2015, Katy Hessel established an Instagram profile purely focusing on the great female artists. Her engagement and devotion to her project led to a realisation of her first exhibition presenting fifteen UK-based women artists. Adela’s picks chose five favourites.
Alice is documentary photographer published in several prominent publications. In her young age, she devoted herself to the European refugee crisis. She spent some time to report refugee camps in various countries in Europe and focus on the underlying issues of the crisis. Her pictures are compelling in capturing fleeting moments of people’s reality. Alice creates a relationship with her protagonists; therefore, her photos appear incredibly personal. Looking at her work makes us feel and evokes sympathy towards the individual. The photographer also began her MA in documentary filmmaking at UCL this fall.
Alice Aedy, Burao, Somaliland (detail) | Photography by Delilah Olson
If you like dreamy almost surreal motives, Charlotte can enchant you with her artworks ranging from prints to tapestry. She gets inspired by modernist architecture and landscape, which she then turns into almost magical worlds. The artist likes to keep her work in the same colour scheme of red, pink and purple. Not only are Charlotte’s works exhibited across Europe, Russia and the US, but she can also be proud to have worked for a number of prominent companies and brands.
Charlotte Edey, Accused, 2017 (detail) | Photography by Delilah Olson
Dreamlike settings, pure lines, and pastel colours are all main characteristics of Venetia’s paintings. The major theme of her canvases is a female figure, which she simplifies into a form only suggesting a women body. Her dreamy imagery drags us in and makes space for our interpretation. Venetia studied in Edinburgh and at the Royal Drawing School.
Venetia Berry (detail) | Photography by Delilah Olson
Gill Button or ‘Buttonfruit’ is a former illustrator who decided to pursue an artistic career in painting. She mainly practices figure and portrait painting. Her pictures contain fluid brush strokes with a playful edge. Some of her works are almost glamorous and fashionable. Yet the artist masters to make her for highly expressive as she likes to study women’s vulnerability hidden behind the façade. The artist has a number of successful collaborations and shows in her biography.
Gill Button (detail) | Photography by Delilah Olson
Humour together with the commentary of today’s society is the reoccurring theme of the artists Alice Skinner. She is an illustrator of a cartoonish version of the 21st-century life coloured in pastel tones. Her unique creative attitude with a comical aspect makes us think about our society. Alice has many successful projects behind her and is currently working on her own book.
Alice Skinner, When Girls Get Ready Together and Take a Group Pic, 2016 (detail) | Photography by Delilah Olson