This growing collection of paintings celebrates females who are representative of attributes not commonly celebrated in the current media: women who have walked their own path. The project features musicians and vocalists not playing to a male gaze but creating from a place of personal power and authenticity.  

In our culture of the often overproduced, over constructed and over hyped celebrity, these portraits represent an alternative group of icons, both contemporary and past. The project asks questions about the qualities that create a sense of the iconic and what it may be that the icons we have chosen show us about ourselves as a society. Working from the limited information offered by the internet thumbnail image, the paintings became as much about the relationship between photography and painting as the genre of portraiture and its subjects.

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Nina: Vodou Soul   2018
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Nasty Gal: Betty Davis
Individual Note: Daphne Oram
Beautiful Abstraction: D Derbyshire
Bridges Burned: Karen Dalton
Salty Speech: Sarah Vaughan
Internal External: Skin
Found Sound: H Hukkelberg
Grace: Elizabeth Cotton
Along the Borderline: Nico
Future Feminist: Antony Hegarty
Alchemical Resolution: Joan
Deep Vibe: Tammi Terrell
Femina: Lisa Kekaula
Ms O- Darker Dance: Sam Obernik
Griot: Sage and Unifier