Favourite: Louise Bourgeois
Louise Bourgeois was a badass woman, who was exhibiting internationally until she died at the age of 98 in 2010. Bourgeois managed to have a family, children and also be a force to be reckoned with. Recognised as the founder of confessional art (also see Emin) she was a brave woman, focusing her work on sexuality, trauma, childbirth, a whole host of painful feelings and memories.
I was lucky enough to stumble across an exhibition of Bourgeois' works at the Tate Modern earlier this year, it was beautiful, as it always is. There is depth in her paintings and an ache of fragility that follows long after gazing at her images.
I love this video which shows Bourgeois in all her glory and is worth a watch. Louise Bourgeois is inspiring in so many different ways, there's an honesty to her and her her works; she makes me excited to grow older and grow in to my art.