Leanne Barrett: February 2021

Monday 8 February 2021

Gallery Visit: Know My Name: Australian Women Artists

It was oh so nice to be back in the National Gallery of Australia, viewing art again, as my last visit was probably 12 months ago. Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now (Part 1: 14 November 2020 to 4 July 2021), is a wonderful exhibition that contains old favourites and now some new ones too.

Some of my favourite Australian women artists are; Clarice Becket, Stella Bowen, Ethel Carrick, Grace Cossington Smith, Olive Cotton, Grace Crowley, Rosemary Gascoigne, Lola Greeno, Fiona Hall, Joy Hester, Nora Hysen, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tracey Moffatt, Margaret Olley, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor and Violet Teague.

My favourite part of a gallery visit, is stopping in front of an artwork, to really take it in. I love to absorb how a painting is created; medium, colours, brush strokes, line, movement, texture and layers. While contemplating a painting I'm reminded that, it is okay to leave the lines from the paintbrush hairs on the canvas for viewers to see because these lines are part of the painting's story.