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Art of Women, by Women

Posted by Jane Condon on Mar 16, 2021

Throughout history, the female form has been celebrated, romanticised, and infinitely reproduced to reflect ideals surrounding beauty and womanhood. Museums around the world are filled with motherly figures and soft, feminine portraiture. But when you look more closely, you see that so few of these images are actually created by female artists.

Thankfully, this narrative is changing. And we’re so happy to be a part of it.  

Today, female creators from all over the world are contributing to the conversation about what it means to be a woman. And what we're seeing is that there is no one universal image of womanhood. 

For Women’s History Month, we’re sharing 11 ready-to-frame art prints and originals, all by women and featuring women.   

1. Elana Gabrielle, Swim

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Elana Gabrielle shows us how to get the perfect beach body in two easy steps.  1. Have a body and 2. Go to the beach.  We love this print floated in our Natural Gallery frame. 

2. Carly Martin, Women’s March

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Carly Martin paints a picture of a powerful, hopeful future—women from all walks of life marching together for change. In support of the goals of the Women’s March, Clementine Studio will be donating 20% of all proceeds from this print—shown in our Metal Gallery Frame in Matte Black with a single mat—to Planned Parenthood.

3. Debra Cartwright, New York

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Debra Cartwright’s intimate, everyday portraits challenge mainstream representations of black femininity. With light airy spaces and soft brushstrokes, her “Boudoir” series captures the strength in softness and vulnerability. “New York” is shown here in our Light Walnut Gallery frame.

4. Tactile Matter, Sunrise

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 Kenesha Sneed of Tactile Matter is a multi-disciplinary artist and Creative Director whose work speaks to empowerment and the Black female experience. This portrait of women watching the sunrise balances form and color in a way that directly mirrors the natural beauty of the landscape. Our Natural Gallery frame matches perfectly with the colors on the horizon.

5. Fay Ku, Whelm

Fay Ku is a Taiwan-born, New York-based artist putting a contemporary spin on classic fairy tales and folklore. Her fantastical illustrations pull from past and present, blending Asian and American aesthetics to create a visual identity that is uniquely her own. This original illustration is shown in our White Gallery frame.

6. Babes, Leah Reena Goren

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Leah Reena Goren is an artist known for her brightly-colored illustrations and bold, playful patterns. You may recognize her signature style from her popular collaborations with brands like Anthropologie, Kate Spade, and Away luggage. This print matted in our Bright Gold Old School Metal frame would make a fun addition to your gallery wall.

7. Stephanie Vovas, Crystal Cove III

With super saturated hues and a carefree attitude, photographer Stephanie Vovas is bringing back 70s glam. This beachy print has us dreaming about the West Coast. We love a clean, simple frame like our White Gallery for a bright print like this.

8. Jamie Street, Peace

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In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Jamie Street wanted to put forth an image of unity in a time of uncertainty. This image of women coming together to create a human peace sign illustrates the political power we have in numbers. All profits from the sale of this print in our Natural Gallery frame are donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.

9. Cathy Charles, Hair Wrap Print

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Cathy Charles is “showcasing black girl magic, one illustration at a time.” Her fashionable portraits of black women exude style, grace, and warmth. Our Max Plexibox frame, shown here in Aqua, is a great match for this print.

10. Leah Duncan, We Rise

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A master of hand-drawn patterning and illustration, Leah Duncan’s lively designs are sure to brighten any space. This fun, quirky print was created exclusively in collaboration with West Elm in celebration of International Women's Day.

11. Gabrielle Raaff, Leisure Suite 26

Cape Town-based artist Gabrielle Raaff celebrates the small moments that make friendship fun with her ethereal watercolor paintings. This original ink illustration of two friends chatting poolside would make a perfect gift for your BFF, shown here in our White Gallery frame. 

These fantastic prints are some of our top picks for this Women’s History Month, but we’d love to hear from you about other artists or prints you would like to see featured. Reach out to us at hello@simplyframed.com.

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