3 amazing female abstract artists dressed in loose fit top styles

3 beautiful and talented female artists in loose fit top at their studios

Artists don’t retire.”

Whether it is because of the complexity and unconventional styles behind it, abstract art has often been less appreciated than traditional paintings. But, pure abstract expressions go beyond and much deeper into what the artist is feeling inside rather than what she or he can see. There’s much more freedom is a way almost every abstract art is subject to one’s interpretation.

So why are we talking about female abstract expressionists here? Here is a perfect quote from Alison Nastasi on Flavorwire, explaining why:

‘Female abstract expressionists adopted pseudonyms, positioning their work as genderless — often leading to deeply personal conflicts with their roles as women, artists, and occasionally, the wives of the movement’s most celebrated figures.’

Nothing more empowering than seeing the images of female artists their studios wearing comfortable loose fit outfits, projecting their feelings into massive blank canvas. Here we are particularly focusing on those women from the 20th century who kept fighting the odds to get recognition at what they do and who they are.

Helen Frankenthaler

‘She danced with John Travolta at the White House in the ’80s, became known as one half of the “golden couple” with former husband Robert Motherwell in the ‘60s, and had her first solo exhibition in the ‘50s’

What this great American abstract expressionist has contributed to art history can never be underestimated. Her influence was unmistakable, formidable and profound. Not to mention her distinctive technique inspired by Jackson Pollock, she became a key figure in shaping the Colour Field Painting.

Helen Frankenthaler wearing a loose fit top

Helen Frankenthaler

“There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.” – Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler wearing loose fit top

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 Yayoi Kusama

Rather than confining her style in one fixed category, Yayoi Kusama’s art work is often seen as a crossover of surrealism, minimalism, pop art, eccentric abstraction and the feminist art.

The first impression of her painting style? Dots, dots, dots everywhere. To be more precise, polka dots. But none of her single ‘dotted’-style painting comes in the same shape. Those dots do have expressions, personalities and feelings. And they sometimes even give life to things that are otherwise monolithic and static.

She even once dressed George Clooney covered in dots. Despite her age and health condition, this  82-year-old Japanese artist indeed proves that ‘artists never retire’.

“Since my childhood, I have always made works with polka dots. Earth, moon, sun and human beings are all represent dots; a single particle among billions. This is one of my important philosophies, which is accepted by many people.” – Yayoi Kusama

 
Yayoi Kusama in loose fit top style

Yayoi Kusama. Fashion Show, Kusama’s Studio, New York, 1968

Yayoi kusama in loose fit top style

Lee Krasner

For some, she may be simply known as Jackson Pollock’s wife. But she was more than just a supportive wife. She also happened to be a great artist. Just like her husband, she was one of the most influential abstract artists of the second half of the 20th century.

While her support brought the name of his husband in public attention, it was not until the death of Jackson Pollock when her own works – often described as ‘’grey slabs’’  started gaining more recognition. After her death, she became one of the few women to receive a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Lee Krasner in her loose fit top

 

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Lee Krasner in loose top fit style

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‘’I happened to be MRs. Jackson Pollock and that’s a mouthful.. I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damn good painter, thank you, and a little too independent.’’ – Lee Krasner

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