These are the best female illustrators and artists to start buying from now, before they take over the art world.
We’ve spent a lot of time in our houses over the last year, and most of us have probably given in to the urge to freshen up our spaces with trendy candles and tablescaping.
But now that summer is well and truly here, why not mark it in a bold way? One of the most simple (and affordable) ways of doing this is to hang some exciting new art in your home. A picture on a wall can breathe new life into a room, creating personality where before there was none.
And while you’re doing it, why not support some of the witty, beautiful and powerful artwork being produced by independent female artists?
It’s a win-win: not only can you lend a hand to an illustrator, but the artists below are truly producing some of the most empowering work we’ve seen, focusing in on issues for both women and the LGBTQ+ community. We love it when something is beautiful and contributes to the greater good.
Here are our pick of 11 feminist art prints to update your space in time for summer.
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These pastel prints might be the nearest we get to the sunny Balearic islands this summer, but they’re so beautiful we almost don’t mind. From artist Sofe, these come in a set of 6 and would make for the perfect island-inspired gallery wall.
Shop Ibiza multipack set of 6 prints from The Drop by Stylist, £25
Luxury fashion print designer Sarah Goodwin has launched her own business celebrating her signature graphic and romantic designs – and we’re truly in love. This piece is inspired by the candy stripes of humbug sweets and will bring a dose of joy to any space.
Shop Sarah Goodwin rainbow stripe love print from The Drop by Stylist, £35
We love supporting a side hustle success story, and Ellie Edwards’ graphic lino prints are one of them. Her hand-painted art comes in a range of stunning colours and designs that are so cool you can match them to your drink. So, what will your tipple be: margarita, red wine or orange spritz?
Shop hand printed cocktail lino prints from The Drop by Stylist, £15
Rosie Wonders is a London-based illustrator and designer and, yes, she’s just as magical as she sounds.
Her homeware, accessories and stationery creations have a vintage aesthetic and technicolour palette, and are often sprinkled in glitter, spanning themes from the zodiac to feminism.
Shop sunflower print at Rosie Wonders, from £15
Fee Greening is a London-based artists whose admirers reach as far as Alexa Chung and Florence + The Machine. Her detailed illustrations often follow themes of the night sky or under the sea, featuring stars and moons alongside coral and pearls.
On her website you’ll find a whole collection of artwork dedicated to some of the most influential people the world has ever known. Lots of them are women we respect and admire such as Virginia Woolf, Beyoncé, Nancy Mitford and Yayoi Kusama.
Shop Maya Angelou print at Fee Greening, £95
Mexican-born artist Ilse Valfré launched her brand, Valfré, back in 2013 and her distinctive style has since then gained a cult following.
Her illustrations characterise the female psyche reflecting stereotypically feminine moods, while simultaneously making fun of them.
Her quirky cartoon-style will make you laugh and make you think, with her witty but on the nose drawings.
Shop plantas print at Valfré, £39
Meera Lee Patel
Meera Lee Patel is a best-selling author and self-care expert. She illustrates her own books with her effervescently colourful art, but you can buy it for your walls, too.
Much of her art is themed around finding peace and happiness in who you are, and what more lovely message is there than that to look at everyday?
Shop Use The Magic You Have Now print by Meera Lee Patel, £17
Nina Cosford is an illustrator based in Hastings, UK whose witty depictions of the typical millennial woman will have you wryly smiling as soon as you lay eyes on them.
We love her sketchy style and how she provides a very light commentary on the trends of the time.
Shop Granny Toddler print at Nina Cosford, £20
Bodil Jane is just about one of the coolest people to ever grace our Instagram feeds.
Her powerful artworks are bursting with life and colour and show a diverse range of young women from all over the world.
Shop Beer Time print at Bodil Jane, from £25
Robyn Janine is based between London and Glasgow, flying the flag for some of the UK’s most creative cities.
Her art specialises in female empowerment and being comfortable in ourselves in a world that demands perfection.
Shop Trying To Exist In My Body at Robyn Janine, £7.50
Abbey Lossing’s blocky style is not only distinctive to her, but will make a real statement in your home.
We love her singular portraits, like this one, but also her modern reimaginings of classic stories like Little Women, which are truly special.
Shop Winter at Abby Lossing, from £17
Image: Bodil Jane / courtesy of brands
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