BY P.L. HENDERSON
Who were the pioneering female painters and who are the best contemporary women painters around today?
Discover the historic, contemporary, and global landscapes of female painters in Unlocking Women’s Art. Dive into iconic movements (from Portraiture & Identity to The Avant Garde; The Nude to Landscape and Nature) and find out about the significance of female creativity. Challenge your existing views of women artists and look beyond Eurocentric ideas to learn about brilliant Indigenous and global artists of the past.
Includes over 20 interviews with contemporary painters, providing fascinating insights into their practices, themes and personal motivation. Interviews with artists including Shani Rhys James, Sungi Mlengeya and Sarah Maple.
Full colour with dozens of new and original images of the featured women artists’ work.
1.Portraits and Identity
3. Still lives
4. Models, Muses and the Nude
5. The Avant-garde
6. War and Peace
7. The New Radicals
P.L. Henderson was born in the North of England and in her early career entered the field of environmental work. Her skills in music also led to involvement in the creation of music workshops aimed at empowering girls in economically deprived areas. A personal interest in drawing and also cultural histories, during the years bringing up her son, led to a period of part-time study culminating in gaining a BA in Art History through the Open University. Inspired by feminist art theorist pioneers, P.L. Henderson began an investigation of often invisible women artists, which resulted in the creation of the successful and necessary social media project @womensart1 to platform their work. Presently living in Lisbon, Portugal with her partner whilst working as a freelance writer, she regularly contributes to publications such as ‘Resurgence & Ecologist’ magazine, ‘Art UK’ and ‘Culture Matters’ on topics of art, ecology and social justice. Whilst having a case study published in the book ‘Feminism and Museums, Intervention, Disruption and Change’ (2017), she was also one of the writing team for Phaidon’s book ‘Great Women Artists’ (2019). She is creator/curator of #WOMENSART, see https://womensartblog.wordpress.com. Her book Unravelling Women’s Art was published in 2021. Unlocking Women’s Art is the second book in this series.