Alexis Avlamis
Etel Adnan talks to a thistleJulie Mehretu brainstormingGunta Stölzl weaving the UniverseAgnes Martin contemplating lifeHomage to Georgia O'KeeffeLee Bontecou exploring the outer spaceFlying over Hilma af Klint
Homage to female artists
Inspired by influential women artists' oeuvres, I have entwined my imagery with theirs and created a portrait series as a tribute to established, underrepresented or unknown female artists who lived and worked in an art world characterised by gender inequality. I have chosen to focus on women who rarely or never chose their own figures as a subject for their art, such that photography is our main source for their image. My aim, then, was to produce a series that responds to this photographic evidence, but also to engage with their work and their influence; that is, to produce a creative dialogue with both the women as historical figures and their art. I have responded in a freeform way to elements of their artistic vocabularies, their forms and their symbols, to create a background world that reflects their impact on my improvisational painting process. I have then superimposed a naturalistic portrait, an image of photographic ‘reality’, that mediates our shared subconscious worlds.

This is an ongoing portrait series and I aim to portray 50 female artists coming from various countries and backgrounds.