Five contemporary female artists to spot at Masterpiece 2022

The women painters, sculptors and photographers not to miss at this year’s fair

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Masterpiece London, the leading fair for collectors of exquisite art, design, furniture and jewellery, opens its doors on 30 June at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Here, visitors can peruse each stall’s magnificent selection of works – including those by some of today’s most inspiring women artists. Scroll down for the creators you should keep an eye out for…

Masterpiece London, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, is at the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 30 June to 6 July.

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1 Sarah Moon at Michael Hoppen Gallery
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Capturing soft, ethereal images on camera, the former contributing photographer for Harper’s Bazaar came to prominence in the 1970s creating campaigns for Chanel, Comme des Garçons and Cacherel – having begun her career as a model in Paris. Her subjects range from abstract nudes and women sporting elegant dresses to drooping blue orchids and scenes from nature, each conjuring an otherworldly mood.

2 Coral Woodbury at HackelBury Fine Art
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With the intention of shining a light on the women artists who have long been overlooked by history, Woodbury creates ink portraits of figures such as the German-Swedish realist painter Lotte Laserstein, the Harlem Renaissance sculptor Selma Burke and the abstract expressionist Carmen Herrera. She paints their portraits over texts and images that are well-known within traditional Western art, so that female visionaries from different centuries are brought together to reclaim their place within the canon.

3 Kaori Tatebayashi at Tristan Hoare
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The South London-based Japanese ceramicist models her delicate and precise sculptures of seasonal garden plants by hand, always working from life. Growing up in Kyoto, Tatebayashi was surrounded by beautiful Imari porcelain as her family traded in pottery. Working with stoneware became second nature – leading her to create her intricate pieces of branches and unfurling malianthus leaves, that breathe new life into their material.

4 Sarah Graham at Lyndsey Ingram
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Taking inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, Graham Sutherland’s sketches and the Natural History Museum’s entomology collection, Sarah Graham creates blown-up graphite and ink works that appear eerily animate. An exclusive series of her magnolia studies will take over Lyndsey Ingram’s stand at Masterpiece this year; and her large-scale drawings of yellow anemones will adorn the fair’s entrance, their curling petals joyfully greeting guests as they arrive.

5 Carolein Smit at James Freeman Gallery
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In her ceramic works, the Dutch sculptor references contrasting ideas from classic mythology and iconography, exploring the permanent and the ephemeral, the beautiful and the grotesque. She looks at all these themes through a lens of irony. Having studied graphics and lithography, she creates models of dynamic characters with elements of 17th-century vanities, such as skeletons and snakes, three of which are in the V&A’s permanent collections.

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