Around this time of year I like to look back on the last twelve months and find artists who are established or up and coming, and deserve recognition. I do this to remind myself that despite all the stress–of life, family, work, and in the daily grind–there are spectacularly inspiring artworks being created every day, all around me. So here’s my watch list with several artists who are making paintings that really have the power and technique to be around for the long run, and who will inspire me long after this calendar year is over.
Jim Herbert has been putting paint on canvas for a while, creating works that are all about the action that comes with creating a fine art painting. His large-scale acrylic works are painted in a gestural, forceful way. The end results enliven the surface and make how they are painted as intriguing as what is actually depicted.
David Pettibone has transformed established subject matters and genres with his unique style, taking on Renaissance portraiture by adding a whimsical twist with the inclusion of peculiar still life objects like watermelon, ribbon, or fish.
Melanie Vote creates peculiar paintings of odd dreamscapes or altered landscapes, but her oil painting techniques are incredible. The attention to detail and her commitment to achieving the visual effects she wants are what brought her to our attention and will keep her there.
Aaron Yamada-Hanff challenges the idea that the equestrian portrait is a matter to be dealt with by realism alone. His abstraction of the animal’s body and his decision to leave certain parts unpainted does nothing to interfere with the feeling of movement, power, and grace that are provoked by his paintings.
There are so many artists out there making amazing artwork, and it is impossible for any one of us know all of what is being produced—but honing our instincts for great art comes with really seeing the energy on the surface of the work, and being able to harness that energy when we take to the studio. Charlotte Wharton’s The Language of Energy in Art is a prize-winner in my mind for giving artists the impetus to do just that. Take a look at this luscious chronicle, and I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed. And with the North Light Shop offering an extra 10% off of already reduced prices with code CYBERDEALS10, Cyber Monday is your day to splurge! Enjoy!
P.S. So what do you think? Were any of these artists on your radar? And are there any others that you would add? Leave a comment and let me know!