There are lots of women in the great art galleries of the world - just not many women artists. In 2012 about 62% of art and design students in the UK were female. But an audit of London galleries found that just 31% presented work by women. In LA and New York galleries the number was 32.3%, while at the Tate only 21% of the works purchased from living artists were made by females. The first woman to be appointed to the role of Keeper of the Royal Academy, Eileen Cooper, says students of both genders emerging from art schools are as strong as each other, but somehow women’s voices are seen as not interesting. It becomes a vicious circle: “Because women artists aren’t as widely collected by the museums they aren’t as widely known or promoted as much.” Incredibly in an age when the issue of gender equality is legislated, it seems the only way for more women to get into galleries is to be featured in the work.
About the artist:
Matthew Quick was featured in BRW as one of Australia’s top 50 artists. In the past few years he’s won, or been a finalist for, 70 national juried art awards. He’s had 14 solo and more than 80 group shows. Quick always painted but managed to distract himself with a few alternative careers – working variously as a lecturer, art-director, photographer and writer. His first novel was short-listed for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award. A cancer epiphany in his 30’s prompted a return to making art. A conceptual surrealist, Quick combines flawless technical ability with a wry and inquiring mind to make quirky, often humorous, observations about the world around us.