There are a couple of perks to following young artists on Instagram. First, they have an incredible eye and will give you inspiration for days. Second, on any given day you can see exactly what they’re working on, so you’ll have a better chance at getting first dibs on that really great painting they just finished.
If you're in the market for new artwork for your home, Instagram may just be the perfect place to start. And while you may not be ready to pull out your credit card just yet, following these up-and-coming artists will keep them top of mind for when you actually are ready to build that gallery wall. Here are our favorite rising stars of the art world to double tap on Instagram.
Heather Day is a young and bright artist and blogger based in San Francisco. Her brushstrokes have gathered the attention of more 63,000 Instagram followers. When not painting, Day is often sharing candid photos of her trips to the beach or the mountains.
Zoë Pawlak is a fun, bubbly artist based in Montréal. Not only is her art super gorgeous, she also has an insanely beautiful collection of hand-knotted rugs and a collaboration of stunning handpainted credenzas with Jeff Martin Joinery. Talk about an overachiever!
Andy Dixon is a young dapper artist splitting his time between Vancouver and New York City. He loves pastel colors and all our favorite sports (polo, tennis, yachting). Consider us officially part of the fan club.
Michael Kagan is a trailblazing New York artist who depicts images of man’s quest to push physical limits in the most sensational ways. He recently collaborated on a clothing line for Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club and painted the artwork for White Lies’ latest album. Plus, his dogs are adorable.
Kate Worum is a talented Minneapolis-based illustrator and designer with a bubbly personality. She’s seemingly always up to something fun like jumping on beds, yoga-posing in front of national landmarks, or wearing fabulous sunglasses with her squad. We’re big fans of her colorful work!
Atlanta-based Sally King Benedict is no stranger to the design world; she's had her work featured in Domino magazine and showcased in many gorgeous homes. Her latest venture? A swimwear collection for Marysia Swim. We’re majorly swooning.
Jen Stark’s drippy murals may seem familiar. After all, she covered the exterior of The Surf Lodge in Montauk last summer, painted a mural in Miami’s International Airport, and most recently provided the trippy art for the last VMA’s featuring Miley Cyrus.
Serial wanderluster and artist Teil Duncan uses her beautiful travel photography to inspire her even more beautiful art. Based in Charleston, she is well-known for her dreamy beach study paintings.
New mama and artist Lulie Wallace is known for her beautiful floral artwork and textiles. Part of the prolific Charleston art crew, Lulie sells not only art but also anything from bathrobes, scarves, pillows, scented candles, baby blankets, and more on her website.
Britt Bass Turner is an artist with a colorful southern style. Her work, which she also prints on clutches, iPhone cases, and stationery is simply stunning—the proof is in her 29,000 followers. Turner is married to her high-school sweetheart and lives in Roswell, Georgia with her pup Birdie.
This story was originally published on January 15, 2016, and has since been updated.