British Women Artists

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Throughout history, there have been many British women artists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Dusty Springfield, Cynthia Lennon, PJ Harvey, Rachel Whiteread.
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PJ Harvey
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist)
PJ Harvey
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Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

Tinged with themes of female sexuality, the lyrics of PJ Harvey have redefined the place women occupy in rock music. While she was initially part of a musical trio named after herself, she later charted her own path as a solo musician. She is only artist to have earned the Mercury Prize twice.

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Frieda Hughes
(Painter, Poet)
Frieda Hughes
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Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
 3 
Justine Frischmann
(Was the Lead Singer of the Britpop band 'Elastica' and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Suede')
Justine Frischmann
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Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
 4 
Vanessa Bell
(Painter)
Vanessa Bell
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Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7, 1961
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Leonora Carrington
(Mexican Surrealist Painter and Novelist)
Leonora Carrington
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Birthdate: April 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, England
Died: May 25, 2011

Leonora Carrington was a Mexican artist, novelist, and surrealist painter. During the 1970s, Carrington played an important role in Mexico's women's liberation movement as she was one of the founding members of the movement. Carrington, who was fascinated by symbolism and myth, studied alchemy, Popol Vuh, post-classic Mayan mystical writings, and the kabbalah.

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Gertrude Jekyll
(Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect)
Gertrude Jekyll
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Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

Landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll was born into an affluent family and grew up in a refined environment, learning music and traveling. Initially interested in painting, she gave it up to focus on gardening when she developed eyesight problems. She built around 400 gardens and also collaborated with Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Elizabeth Siddal
(Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model)
Elizabeth Siddal
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Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862
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Tracey Emin
(Artist, Painter)
Tracey Emin
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Birthdate: July 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Artist Tracey Emin is known for incorporating subjective elements in her artwork. She experiments with media such as drawing, sculpture, and installations. She made headlines with her controversial works such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. She has also taught at the Royal Academy.

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Lalla Ward
(Actress)
Lalla Ward
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Birthdate: June 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
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Jenny Saville
(painter)
Jenny Saville
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Birthdate: May 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambridge
 11 
Lynn Bowles
(Radio personality)
Lynn Bowles
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Birthdate: January 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cardiff
 12 
Bridget Riley
(Painter)
Bridget Riley
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Birthdate: April 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Norwood
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Dora Carrington
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Birthdate: March 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hereford
Died: March 11, 1932
 14 
Maggi Hambling
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Birthdate: October 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suffolk
 15 
Paula Rego
(Visual artist)
Paula Rego
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Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portugal
 16 
Kate Perugini
(Painter)
Kate Perugini
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Birthdate: October 29, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: May 9, 1929
 17 
Elizabeth Thompson
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Birthdate: November 3, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: October 2, 1933
 18 
Laura Knight
(Painter, Autobiographer)
Laura Knight
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Birthdate: August 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Eaton
Died: July 7, 1970
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Rachel Whiteread
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Birthdate: April 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

The first female recipient of the Turner Prize, sculptor Rachel Whiteread is best known for her work House. Her signature style includes portraying the negative spaces around objects. She is also known for her use of graph paper and is part of the Young British Artists movement.

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Evelyn De Morgan
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Birthdate: August 30, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London
Died: May 2, 1919
 21 
Gillian Wearing
(photographer, film director, artist, visual artist)
Gillian Wearing
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Birthdate: December 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
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Kate Greenaway
(Artist and writer)
Kate Greenaway
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Birthdate: March 17, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, England
Died: November 6, 1901
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Cornelia Parker
(sculptor)
Cornelia Parker
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Birthdate: July 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cheshire
 24 
Maria Cosway
(Artist)
Maria Cosway
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Birthdate: June 11, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 5, 1838
 25 
Linder Sterling
(photographer)
Linder Sterling
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Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Liverpool
 26 
Cecily Brown
(painter)
Cecily Brown
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Greater London
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Mina Loy
(Poet)
Mina Loy
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Birthdate: December 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 25, 1966
Sophie Gengembre Anderson
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Birthdate: 1823 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 10, 1903

Born to a French father and a British mother, Sophie Gengembre Anderson was a self-taught artist. The family fled to the U.S. to escape the French Revolution. A master portraitist and a major Pre-Raphaelite figure, Sophie specialized in painting women and children, with cats and natural elements thrown in.

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Marie Spartali Stillman
(Painter, Model)
Marie Spartali Stillman
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Birthdate: March 10, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: March 6, 1927
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Eileen Agar
(British Artist Known for Her Surrealist Paintings, Collages, and Objects)
Eileen Agar
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Birthdate: December 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: November 7, 1991

Eileen Agar was a British-Argentinian photographer and painter best remembered for her association with the Surrealist movement. In 1936, Agar became the only woman to exhibit her works at the International Surrealist Exhibition in London after her work was recommended by Paul Nash to the organizers of the exhibition, Herbert Read and Roland Penrose.

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Lilly Martin Spencer
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Birthdate: November 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Exeter, England
Died: May 22, 1902
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Magdalene Odundo
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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Phyllis Pearsall
(Entrepreneur)
Phyllis Pearsall
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Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: August 28, 1996
 34 
Kathleen Hale
(Illustrator)
Kathleen Hale
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Birthdate: May 24, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: January 26, 2000
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Lady Sybil Grant
(Artist, Writer, Poet)
Lady Sybil Grant
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Birthdate: September 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 25, 1955
 36 
Ann Macbeth
(painter)
Ann Macbeth
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Birthdate: 1875 AD
Birthplace: Halliwell, Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: 1948 AD
 37 
Joseph Blackburn
(American painter)
Joseph Blackburn
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Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1765 AD