London-based art advisor, founder & managing Director of AIB Art Advisory Ariane Belisle spends her days scouting the world for new artistic talent. In collaboration with Disi Couture, Ariane talks about her experience and listed 10 emerging artists to watch.
“If there is one thing that I have learnt working with private collectors and corporate clients, it is that there is no formulaic approach to art collecting. The reasons behind the acquisition of a particular work can be as diverse as the art world itself. While there is no specific set of criteria when building a collection, factors – namely, aesthetic value, concept and execution, as well as provenance, exhibition and publication history – can guide us to make an informed decision and an intelligent investment.”, says Ariane Belisle.
Here are 10 international artists who are gaining traction in the art world:
Louis-Nicolas Darbon – London, UK
Louis-Nicolas Darbon cites many influences to his work. While his hybrid background has undoubtedly molded his artistic practice, his travels have perhaps had the greatest impact on his oeuvre. Hence, his paintings effortlessly merge New York’s energy, Paris’s serenity and London’s innovation. Incessantly referencing pop culture, Darbon’s canvases are light, playful and richly vibrant.
Nicolas Delprat – Brussels, Belgium
Using a paint gun, Nicolas Delprat deposits pigmented acrylic mist onto polyester canvases coated with black primer. He then adds brushstrokes to the surface of the work. Combining the mechanical and the manual, Delprat’s paintings possess a minimalist quality while still communicating otherworldliness.
Harry Fayt – Lieges, Belgium
Harry Fayt’s subaquatic photographs capture the purity of the female form. Submerging his subjects under water – a natural and vital component of life – his stills boom references to art history, literature and cinema. Aesthetically, the artworks possess an air of weightlessness, as air bubble float around the characters Fayt pictures.
Rachel Garrard – New York, USA
Rachel Garrard produces her own materials, which she collects through her travels and encountered experiences. For instance, she carefully grinds earthy mud and desert rocks into pigment. Here, the facture element and art making process becomes integral to the work. Exploring old myths and creating new ones, Garrard’s creative ritual lends her pieces their mystical beauty.
Philippe Halaburda – New York, USA
Philippe Halaburda’s abstract paintings reflect the randomness of cities, as they dismantle into a matrix of geometric shapes. Drawing on his memory and experience, his work reimagines the topographies of cities. Working instinctively, his canvases are an expression of Halaburda’s psychological state and physical surroundings.
Aris Jerome – Los Angeles, USA
Aris Jerome’s fine art photography consists of natural and raw images. Inspired by art history and cinema, each frame is instilled with vibrant hues and conveys genuine emotion. Motivated by the mundane struggles of everyday life, Jerome’s stills manage to capture and communicate intimate moments.
Jennifer Louise Martin – London, UK
Jennifer Louise Martin’s paintings explore the human psyche, as they highlight the conflict between our subconscious and conscious cognitive processes. Influenced by fashion and beauty photography, she uses wallpaper, fabric prints and magazine cuttings as source materials.
Diana Taylor – London, UK
Redundancy, failure and the ruin in visual culture are recurring themes in Diana Taylor’s work. She weaves images of the aftermath of natural disasters with motifs, diagrams, digital clip art and analogue stock imagery. Further layers of painted ruins, ornamental, architectural facades and fragmented, decapitated statues obscure the printed image. Each layer creates chaos and eventually cancels out what was previously legible.
Jessica Thalmann – New York, USA
Unraveling photographic conventions, Jessica Thalmann’s artworks explore the material implications of urban architectural spaces. Using both her own images and archival documents, she revisits notions of identity, history, memory and loss. Physically folding and morphing her prints, the work investigates the relationship between Brutalist architecture and traumatic histories.
Theresa Volpp – Berlin, Germany
Theresa Volpp’s paintings eloquently recall the physical actions by which they were brought into being. Glossy paint is poured over the canvas before the artist shakes it to combine colors. Hence, there is an element of chance that is at play here, somewhat negating Volpp’s own signature. Her artworks investigate the boundaries between the artist’s subject and the object.
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