Women Exploring Women in Art 

Alicia Ponzio, The Lingering Shadows, Bronze on Belgian marble base, 28" x 24" x 12"

Alicia Ponzio, The Lingering Shadows, Bronze on Belgian marble base, 28″ x 24″ x 12″

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies of the art world is that the female form is most often painted by men. And yet, who better to explore the female subject than another female? That’s the question raised by artists Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani, and Diane Feissel in their blog “Women Painting Women.” The online resource and catalog features more than 260 underrepresented women painters working in the figurative tradition worldwide. Many of these artists—including Alia El-Bermani, Ellen Cooper, Alexandra Tyng, Milixa Morón, Susan Lyon, Grace DeVito, Renee Foulks, Celeste Ryder, and Janvier Rollande—are represented by Haynes Galleries. Beginning this month, the gallery will exhibit the largest collective show yet by the group: Women Painting Women: A Room of One’s Own. The title is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s famous essay, which maintains that a woman needs personal space, equal opportunity, and poetic license to create art.

The artists will use highly skilled yet varied approaches to confront questions of individuality, femininity, beauty, identity, psychology, and humor. “They are helping redefine the feminine influence and muse in contemporary art, and they continually produce insightful and novel work,” says gallery owner Gary Haynes.

Katie O'Hagan, Hindsight, Oil on canvas, 40" x 48"

Katie O’Hagan, Hindsight, Oil on canvas, 40″ x 48″

Women Painting Women: A Room of One’s Own will be on view from August 23 to October 5 at Haynes Galleries, 1600 Division Street, on the Music Row Roundabout. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. August 23. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Women Painting Women blog at www.womenpaintingwomen.blogspot.com. For information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

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