Single-minded in her desire to be an artist, Stella Bowen studied briefly under Margaret Preseon before leaving Adelaide at 20 to study art in London. A friendship with Ezra Pound introduced Bowen to a wide literary circle including W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot and Bowen would later famously go on to marry the writer Ford Madox Ford. As a painter Bowen is perhaps best remembered for the body of work
Know My Name is an exhibition in two parts at the National Gallery of Australia. It is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of work by women, presented in a thematic rather than chronological form. It reveals relationships between the present and the past, relationships between artists, and common concerns.