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On The Table Read, “the best creativity magazine in the UK“, in honor of International Women’s Day (IWD 2023), HOFA Gallery is hosting a brand-new art experience that features Ilhwa Kim, Mary Ronayne, Lucile Gauvain, Anne Von Freyburg, Sophie Victoria, and Marie Pol.


For International Women’s Day 2023 (8 March 2023), HOFA will present a brand-new, all-female exhibition titled “Genesis,” in which six pioneering female contemporary artists will present perspectives on equity through their works and artistic practices in the hope of fostering a deeper comprehension of the idea and its significance.

HOFA Gallery, which was established in 2012, aims to go beyond the creative constraints of contemporary art by challenging the conscious, stimulating the subconscious, and amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. In contemporary art, achieving gender parity has always been at the forefront. HOFA held a conversation with the featured artists about what equity means to them and how their chosen works express the idea in preparation for their IWD exhibition.

#EmbraceEquity for IWD 2023 and HOFA 'Genesis' exhibition. Left to right: HOFA Co-founder and Curator Simonida Pavicevic, female artists Anne Von Freyburg and Mary Ronayne on The Table Read Magazine
#EmbraceEquity for IWD 2023 and HOFA ‘Genesis’ exhibition. Left to right: HOFA Co-founder and Curator Simonida Pavicevic, female artists Anne Von Freyburg and Mary Ronayne

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Simonida Pavicevic, co-founder and curator of HOFA, said that female artists aren’t given the same opportunities, barriers to entry, or representation in the industry as men are. Additionally, the featured artists’ subject matter and chosen mediums question inequity. She went on to say that the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is a chance for us to learn the difference between equity and equality and why equity is important if we want to achieve lasting equality for women, especially in the world of contemporary art.

Simonida Pavicevic summarized the upcoming “Genesis” exhibition by stating that the six female artists’ shared courage to confront and subvert accepted ideals of society, art, and artistic practice through innovative works that experiment with various media, styles, and techniques is what binds them together.

Anne Von Freyburg, I want Candy (after Fragonard, Girl with Dove), 2022. 110 x 140 cm on The Table Read Magazine
Anne Von Freyburg, I want Candy (after Fragonard, Girl with Dove), 2022. 110 x 140 cm

Anne Von Freyburg

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Anne Von Freyburg, a textile painter who works in mixed media, explained that equity means that everyone should participate in the art conversation because art should reflect society as a whole. By challenging the historical devaluation of mediums and crafts associated with women, her exquisitely detailed textile reconstructions of Rococo paintings challenge inequity.

Her vibrant, tassel-fringed works of art defiantly assert that any material can be used to make art.

Mary Ronayne, Celeste's Liquid Lunch with Friends, 2021. Enamel on wood. 150 x 120 x 4 cm on The Table Read Magazine
Mary Ronayne, Celeste’s Liquid Lunch with Friends, 2021. Enamel on wood. 150 x 120 x 4 cm

Mary Ronayne

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Mary Ronayne, an Irish figurative painter and multimedia artist, bases her more well-known satirical portraits and fête galantes on the reality of injustice. People, particularly women, who are engaged in pleasurable activities yet appear to be questioning their roles and circumstances serve as a means by which she reveals inequity through their unease and skepticism.

Ronayne believes that it is essential to acknowledge the various inequalities that are rooted in the positions that women hold today.

Lucile Gauvain, L'ornement, 2022. Coloured pencils on paper. 100 x 100 cm (in frame) on The Table Read Magazine
Lucile Gauvain, L’ornement, 2022. Coloured pencils on paper. 100 x 100 cm (in frame)

Lucile Gauvain


Lucile Gauvain, a figurative artist and illustrator from France, engages with equity through artworks that depict people connecting and creating together regardless of gender. She believes that equity is necessary for achieving collective goals and interests.

According to Gauvain’s explanation, inequity should never arise from concepts, categories, or notions of difference, and she believes that it is necessary to keep writing, speaking, and yelling this message wherever it is required.

Marie Pol

Marie Pol, a figurative artist based in Sydney, views inclusion as central to equity. She explained that accepting “the other” and letting go of prejudices and notions of superiority are the first steps toward inclusivity. Her works defy the unfairness of the historical emphasis on the male gaze in art by emphasizing the female gaze, which is emotional, intimate, and empathetic rather than objectifying. In her works, Marie combines contrasting textures, styles, and concepts rather than opposing them. She believes that doing so demonstrates that equity implies acceptance.

HOFA Gallery

The House of Fine Art (HOFA) Gallery focuses on international contemporary artists, both established and upcoming. The goal of HOFA is to present works from a wide range of artistic fields with an emphasis on exceptional talent, cultural relevance, and diversity. The gallery works closely with all of its artists to ensure the highest level of excellence and integrity across its locations in London, Los Angeles, and Mykonos. It is dedicated to supporting rare talent and making their work accessible worldwide.

The gallery is dedicated to fulfilling its role as a cultural leader by offering a one-of-a-kind selection of highly collectible artworks with a high value and a unwavering commitment to art industry innovation. HOFA promises to provide a market entry point that is accessible to art collectors of all levels and is inclusive by utilizing cutting-edge technologies and digital innovations.

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Genesis solo exhibition runs 8 – 22 March 2023 at HOFA Gallery, London.


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