Female artists to be inspired by …

This list is a result of one simple question asked in the Thrive Network –

Who is a female artist you are inspired by?


This list is amazing and it keeps growing.  I thought I knew my art history but apparently not.  This list is full of contemporary artists who are working right now and producing work too!  Where possible, I’ve linked to their site and otherwise to a wiki entry so that you can start your own research.

Who is missing?  Let me know who inspires you and I’ll keep this list growing!

p.s. The Thrive Network is based out of  Vancouver, Canada but rapidly expanding – take a look, I’ve been involved since January and can’t recommend it enough!


Our mission is to unite female visual artists!  THRIVE is built on a foundation of community, a passion for learning and a commitment to support rather than compete.


Female artists to be inspired by……


Vikky Alexander
Jennifer Angus
Gillian Ayres
Susanna Bauer
Marta Becket
Christi Belcourt
Tina Berning

Inese Birstins

Su Blackwell
Louise Bourgeois
Cecily Brown
Lee Bul
Bobbie Burgers
Emily Carr
Julie Chen
Galen Cheney
Judy Chicago
Eileen Cooper
Cori Creed
Niki de Ste Phalle
Marlene Dumas
Tracey Emin
Angela Fox
Helen Frankenthaler
Margaret Glew
Torrie Groening
Guerilla Girls
Ann Hamilton
Erin Hanson
Grace Hartigan

Barbara Hepworth

Jessica Hess

Eva Hesse

Sheila Hicks
Carmel Jenkins
Sophie Jodoin
Chantal Joffe
Frida Kahlo
Ann Kipling
Lisa Kokin
Kathe Kollwitz
Katie Lewis
Clara Lieu
Michelle Loughrey
Sally Mann
Agnes Martin
Shantal Martin

Margaret Mcdonald Mackintosh

Miss Me (the artful vandal)
Annette Messager
Joan Mitchell
Wangechi Mutu
Joanne Nam
Sheila Norgate
Rebecca Norris Webb
Georgia O’Keeffe
Zoë Pawlak
Rajni Perera
Susan Point
Fiona Rae
Paula Rego
Bridget Riley

Mariette Rousseau-Vermette

Doris Salcedo
Meera Sethi
Laurie Simmons
Taryn Simon
Lorna Simpson
Kirsten Sims
Kiki Smith
Anne J Steves
Kara Walker
Rachel Whiteread
Joyce Wieland
Selena Wong
Beatrice Wood
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye




By Marlene Lowden

I'm an abstract artist and a down to earth yogi. I live on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.