Last week we revealed the first three of our Trailblazing Women by three of our fabulous exhibiting artists. In case you missed it, you can catch up here.
This week we are thrilled to reveal three more Trailblazing Women, starting with a portrait by Kim Leutwyler of our very own CEO and Founding Director, Briony Mackenzie. We know...wow.
It’s a pretty easy decision when an artist asks if she can paint you...you just say yes, particularly when it is an artist of Kim Leutwyler’s calibre. It’s an honour to include Leutwyler in our lineup, and exciting to see our CEO and Founding Director, Briony Mackenzie, amongst the trailblazing women portrayed. It is particularly fitting that Leutwyler should paint Briony given the poignant synergies between her work and the work of The Global Women’s Project. Leutwyler focuses on painting as a medium due to its primarily masculine history in the western art canon, and explores themes of beauty, gender and Queer-identity. In doing so she aims to destabilise the lack of fluidity around gender in mainstream culture. Similarly, The Global Women's Project aims to challenge gender stereotypes in pursuit of more inclusive and equitable communities. A finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize, the 2016 John Copes Portrait Prize and the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Leutwyler has portrayed Briony in her usual distinctive way with Briony’s face and shoulder emerging defiant from a backdrop of thick painterly brush strokes. Earthy colours are inspired by Australia’s native landscape and Briony’s own style.
Lizzie Dennis is one of Trailblazing Women’s most promising emerging artists and certainly one to watch. Currently studying at VCA, we’re fortunate that she’s also our fabulous exhibition curator! Dennis’ depiction of Peggy Guggenheim is fabulously quirky, modern and offbeat. Delicate coloured pencil on paper describes an asymmetrical composition that we think would be well placed in one of Ms Guggenheim’s own establishments. Dennis depicts Peggy in her home surrounded by pieces from her personal art collection - a surreal take on the home turned gallery and an exploration of the relationship between her subject and the objects she is so famously associated with.
We’re sure if you asked Matthew Quick why it’s so important that most of our exhibiting artists are women he would tell you! We are, however, proud to include him in our lineup as one of several of our brothers in arms. Quick was named in Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s top 50 artists. In the last five years he has either won, or been selected as a finalist for, more than 70 major national art awards, including the Doug Moran National Art Prize, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, the Mosman Art Prize and the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize. Quick is known for his paintings featuring renaissance-era female forms disrupted by the placement of modern objects. These works comment directly on the gender inequality he sees in the art world where male artists continue to dominate the space. He says of his work, Domestic Goddess, which features in our exhibition: “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.”
On that note, if you’re interested in women’s representation (or lack thereof) in The Arts, put Wednesday December 7th in your calendar. ‘Women in the Picture’ is just one of the events on our exhibition program - a panel conversation led by Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust, held in the exhibition space and focused on women’s representation and recognition in art.
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Trailblazing Women of Herstory is a fundraising art exhibition in support of The Global Women's Project. Thirty-five award-winning and emerging artists have created original portraits of trailblazing women, to be exhibited during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at Neospace Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne. The exhibition is open to the public from 26 November - 10 December, 2016. For the full rundown including opening hours, click here.