10 Cool Emerging Artists Whose Work You Can Afford
Art is a wonderful addition to any living or working space. And because it may not fall into the necessities category, it is often neglected. But a beautiful work of art can transform an entire room, make you feel something you wouldn’t otherwise, or inspire you to do something you’ve never done before. We’ve rounded up a group of promising artists whose work would be a welcome addition to any room. Better yet? For now, their pieces are relatively affordable! While some of their originals may be out of your budget, prints from these rising stars ring up at much friendlier prices.
Born in Poland in the late 1970s, Zieba works as a photographer and video artist in Cologne, Germany. She has shown in galleries throughout France, Germany, Switzerland, and her native Poland. Zieba’s conceptual photography depicts her love for animals and nature, embedded in a surrealist atmosphere. We think her fantastical works seem to be a cousin to Gray Malin’s whimsical prints.
Swedish photographer James Dooley says that he is searching for wilderness. “My pictures explore our relationship with nature and wild places in particular,” Dooley shares on his Saatchi Art profile. He is captivated by his home in a remote part of Sweden and how, even there, the marks of human activity are hard to avoid. If you love a vibrant and slightly manipulated landscape, Dooley should definitely be on your radar.
You may know Gia Coppola as the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola or the niece of Sofia Coppola, but Gia has quite a few artistic accomplishments under her own belt. She studied photography under Stephen Shore at Bard College and has since produced photographs as an extension of her more well-known film genre. Coppola directed the 2014 indie hit Palo Alto, which, like her photography, depicts the awkwardness and elegance that are synonymous with youth.
Born in Belgium, Vandendael grew up in the South of France and then returned to her native country to get her master’s in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Genth. Vandendael is inspired by the realness of her human subjects. “I like to see real people with their imperfections, which is more interesting! I put the human as a piece of nature or an object in my picture. It’s a reaction to a lot of fashion photography in which the personality anyway is not important. And it is precisely therefore that I want to let the authenticity of the body speak for itself.” While Vandendael has shot for fashion labels like Paul Smith and Mellow Yellow, she still manages to preserve the wonderfully flawed imagery that inspires her.
Natalie O’Moore is a rising star on the Los Angeles art scene. After years of interning at the top photo studios in New York and receiving her B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School, O’Moore moved West and began to focus her work on a few favorite subjects: girls, fast food, and the open road. Since making West Hollywood her adopted home, O’Moore has been working at the studio of renowned photographer Alex Prager, developing her voice, and building an impressive portfolio that has caught the attention of several publications, including i-D, Intern magazine, and Paper.
New Yorker Matt Ross is a self-taught painter who relies heavily on natural instinct and life experiences to guide his artistic direction. He blends linear, alphabetical, and numerical symbols to create bright works that make any room pop. Ross’s color palette is the perfect addition to any white space.
Lani Trock, a photographer and artist living in East L.A., creates beautiful imagery derived from her interest in the natural world. Born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii, Trock defines herself as a “photographer, forager, and installation artist.” She was recently tapped to create a nature-inspired installation for The Standard Hotel. Her objective? “To exist in a state of curious discovery, open to whatever opportunities may present themselves next.” We can’t wait for what Trock produces next.
Nathan Coe uses his adopted home of Nantucket as inspiration for his photography. Coe’s portfolio of work demonstrates his unique and often provocative take on coastal living. Coe cites Jeanloup Sieff, Helmut Newton, and Peter Beard as touchstones for his work. “They all showcase an amazing ability to see and capture the richness in the curves and shadows of the human form within a landscape,” writes Coe on his website. For those who love the beach and appreciate a double exposure, Coe is your man.
South Korea–based painter Jieun Park told Art Fix Daily her greatest source of inspiration is travel. “Traveling to me is an act that simultaneously brings different emotions such as excitement and loneliness,” she says. “My work shows images of the places where I actually visited so that I am allowed to express various emotions and the moments that I physically experienced through the journey.” Park describes those emotions as vulnerability, joy, loneliness, and awe. She uses a variety of brushstrokes to frame the urban landscapes of her journeys. Anyone with wanderlust should dive into Park’s work.
A Manhattan native, Sherwood is an incredible painter whose résumé boasts lectures at universities, galleries, and auction houses across the United States. Sherwood says that her bold multimedia works “recall the strangeness and fallibility of human understanding. They can also remind us that being boldly skeptical may be the best way to stay afloat.” The best part of Sherwood’s art? She shows at Nurture Art, an organization that introduces the world to emerging and underrepresented artists. When you buy two tickets to a show at Nurture Art, you get to go home with a work.
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