Gørrill Aesthetic Models

Androgynous Aesthetics

Essentialist Aesthetics

In my PhD there was found to be a new ‘Androgynous Aesthetics’ (Gorrill 2016) in contemporary British painting, possibly attributable to low female visibility and the encroachment of the feminine into a masculine arena.  In the northern-Nordic regions however female artist visibility is high (46%*) (Gorrill 2017) , and perhaps as a result a stronger female presence in Nordic painting has enabled a distinct gender identity to develop, as the female and male aesthetics are vastly different.  I have tentatively termed this ‘Essentialist Aesthetics’, as opposed to ‘Aesthetic Essentialism’ (Lamarque 2010).

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Sources:

Gorrill, H. (2016) Gendered Economic and Symbolic Values in Contemporary British Painting [Doctoral Thesis].  Coventry: Coventry University (externally advised upon by the RCA)

Gorrill, H. (2017) ‘Essentialist Aesthetics in Contemporary Finnish Painting’ [in press]

Gorrill, H. (2017) ‘A Comparative Transnational Study of Gendered Aesthetics and Identities in the National Contemporary Finnish Painting Collection’ [in press]

Lamarque, P. (2010) Work and Object: Explorations in the Metaphysics of Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press