Dear Art Lovers,
New year is a time to embrace change and think about your goals and hopes for the coming year, as well as a time to reflect on achievements made in the previous year. In 2022, we welcomed a fantastic selection of artists from across the globe to the Artfinder community; a total of 384 new artists, from 55 different countries to be precise.
Myself and Artfinder’s Lead Curator, Alice Phillimore, had the rather difficult task of selecting just a few to feature from this hugely talented group of artists. While all of our new artists have impressed our curators and delighted our customers, we have chosen 16 artists as ones to watch in 2023.
These selected artists have particularly caught our attention with their unique style of artworks in a wide variety of mediums. They are creating engaging, exciting artworks and we are predicting big things from them in the near future. We are excited to help art lovers discover strong emerging talent from across the world.
Introducing the artists: Barbara Kuebel, Bogdan Shiptenko, Carmen Puchol, Daniel László, Emanuela Camacci, Hettie Inniss, Jessica Moritz, Karina Danylchuk, Kim Atlin, Marcus Cederberg, Paolo Andrea Deandrea, Patty Rodgers, Sarah Drummond, Serena Singh, Valentina Porcelli and Zhao Yongchang.
Please take your time to enjoy our Ones to Watch 2023 collection and we wish all of our artists and art lovers a wonderful new year!
Helen Buckley, Curator
“I work in the interface of sculpturing and printmaking. I decided for a minimalist approach where the line is the most important carrier of information. I also print with large monochromatic blocks to lift the idea of printmaking art away from framed-only representations. I want to show that the monumental character of handmade pieces are important to printmaking.”
“I am inspired by the urban environment. In most cases, I show those things that in everyday life we simply do not notice or pass by. I give people the opportunity to see in my paintings a captured moment from their life. My artwork is distinguished by its recognisable style and uniqueness of plots. In my works, I combine figures of people with elements, objects of urban paraphernalia.”
“In my work I use the image as a symbol, a line, a continuous movement. The atmosphere of my work tries to convey an uninhabited space, the come and go through the labyrinth of contemporary time, what we see and what we do not recognise, the enigmatic.”
“I'm a realist painter, I paint what I see, what surrounds me. In a broader context, the distressing conditions of Budapest and Hungary are typical in my artwork. My paintings mostly depict the transformation of the ruin culture during the past 60 years into today’s tangible memento buildings.”
“I love to experiment with the expressive possibilities of materials, such as wood, stone, clay, and very often it is the same materials that I sometimes collect in nature, to suggest to me which path and expressive language to take.”
“Going beyond the institutional framework is important. Art should be accessible. I believe taking artistic expression into the public domain is integral to abandoning Eurocentric exclusivity because the expression of our differing identities should be seen - and produced - by all communities.”
“I create a semantic journey of colours and geometry fighting gravity and logic. The light exploration is a never ending quest, made of experiments with materials, immersion, accumulation, and purge.”
“Relationships between nature and people inspire me to create my artwork - watercolour birds. I chose this medium to show how fragile the bird (and wildlife) world is; sometimes bold, sometimes transparent, and sometimes expressive.”
“It is tension between the negative space, what is withheld from the frame of the painting and what is suggested that engages the viewer in a conversation with my work. I am showing part of a picture or world which exists beyond the realm of the canvas in the mind of the viewer. This conversation between the viewer and the painting, between description and abstraction is the most vital element of my painting.”
“We are all living in an era of endless distraction and constant input. Channelling a sense of calm, I translate society's intrinsic need for a slower pace into minimalist photographs.”
“My current work is halfway between painting and illustration, and is strongly inspired by American cartoons of the early decades of the 1900s: Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, the very first Warner and Disney productions. I recognise in those cartoons a strength and a naive and savage spirit that have gradually softened and sweetened in subsequent productions.”
“I am captivated by light on objects in interior and landscape spaces that I see in my environment. I feel a presence of comfort. I see light as a pattern of shapes which become part of my compositions. My paintings, although representing the natural world, have a look of minimalist geometric abstraction.”
“As a dedicated naturalist and an inquisitive artist, I attempt to approach my subjects with new eyes every time I draw or paint. To me, art and science are inseparable, as both rely on the use of keen observation to bypass preconceptions about a subject and understand its true nature.”
“In my latest works I explore the topics of identity and self-discovery and take a critical look at the individualism of today’s society. My works embrace the duality of the human condition; often representing conﬁdence, vulnerability and popularity paired with isolation and similar opposing emotions that form the basis of human life.”
“The protagonists of my paintings are women. I feel proud to be part of that kind of painters called “women painting women”. Recently, the models are going out of the minimal light blue background, creating a deep sense of three-dimensionality. They are leaving behind that atmosphere towards a new dimension.”
“It is the verve and strength of the oriental aesthetic temperament that has influenced and inspired me the most. Today, the classic oriental sculptures handed down from the line to the shape all show a kind of "round" wisdom. I like oriental aesthetics, and I want to reflect oriental aesthetics in my artistic creation.”
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Cover image via Emanuela Camacci