Constance Stokes (1906–1991) was a modernist Australian painter
working in Victoria. She trained at the National Gallery of Victoria Art
School until 1929, winning a scholarship to continue her study at
London's Royal Academy of Arts. Her paintings and drawings were
exhibited from the 1940s onwards, and she was one of only two women
included in a major exhibition of twelve Australian artists that
travelled to Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy in the early 1950s.
Influenced by George Bell, Stokes was part of the Melbourne Contemporary
Artists, a group Bell established in 1940, and her works continued to be
well-regarded by art historians for many years after the group's
formation. Her husband's early death in 1962 forced her to return to
painting as a career, resulting in a successful one-woman show in 1964,
her first in thirty years. She continued to paint and exhibit through
the 1980s. Her work faded into relative obscurity after her death, until
the publication of Anne Summers' 2009 book The Lost Mother, a narrative
that highlights Stokes and her paintings. Her art is represented in most
major Australian galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia
and the National Gallery of Victoria.
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