Best Young Contemporary Artists
Erik Jones, St. Petersburg, Florida, b. 1982
Erik Jones is an exciting contemporary artist known for his distinctive female portraits and figures amongst vibrant and colourful bursts of shapes and splashes. His artworks are modern and optimistic. Whether they have specific meaning or are mostly decorative appears less important to the fact that they’re just plain beautiful, funky and original.
Shane Wolf, Cincinnati, Ohio, b. 1976
Shane Wolf is no doubt a master of his craft in the academic / classical mould. Whilst academic artworks can at times come across as solid or stale, Wolf injects a great originality through his dynamic compositions, perspectives and splashes of unfinished and abstract strokes, which helps to inject movement, an insight into the craftsmanship and a more dynamic quality. In the classical tradition his figures have a great power and presence. Whilst a master painter, his illustrations are equally if not even more beautiful.
Joshua Miels, Adelaide, South Australia, b. 1982
Joshua Miels is known for his substantial close-up portraits crafted with thick layers of colourful paint.
Alessandra Maria, b.1989, residing in New York City
Alessandra Maria’s work combines classical, medieval and contemporary to produce some exquisite results. Her figures are no doubt influenced by Leonardo Da Vinci, with their serene, contemplative mood, adopting gold leaf – used widely in medieval artworks yet creating something no doubt original and contemporary.
Conor Harrington, Ireland, b. 1980, Residing in East London
Conor Harrington’s work no doubt developed through his experience in street art, with the drips, abstractions and vibrant colours depicting epic figures, often in major fist battles. His work has a vibrancy notable for its sense of movement and striking colours. His work has a beautiful balance between realism and classicalism and abstraction and street art. His work is definitely exciting and original.
Casey Baugh, Cattanooga, Tennessee, b. 1984, residing in New York City
Much of histories greatest artworks successfully capture a fleeting moment. Casey Baugh is a master at capturing the fleeting gaze of a beautiful stranger, that exciting moment when one’s heart skips a beat and the wonder of love floats in one’s captivated mind. His work is dominated by beautiful female figures. In his paintings the fleeting nature is exaggerated through the notable blur, emphasising a sense of movement, the romantic lighting and the scene, typified by a woman alone, looking somewhere between vulnerable, waiting or searching. His charcoal artworks also have a fleeting essence through their dashing abstractions allowing certain elements to be in focus while others in sharp focus, like an intense gaze.
Roberto Ferri, Taranto, Italy, b. 1978
Roberto Ferri’s work is no doubt in the Caravaggio tradition with deep and dark backdrops, warmly lit figures, dramatic shadow and mythological and powerful figures.
Adnate (Matt Adnate), Melbourne, Australia
Adnate is best known for his epic street art portraits of Indigenous Australian children. His artworks capture an important time in history as Australia endeavour’s to improve it’s deplorable record with its original inhabitants. Children, who have endless potential and being set in the heart of urban centres such as Melbourne reminds mainstream populations of their duty to do more. His artworks themselves are incredibly beautiful. Many have said that in the eyes one captures the soul and Adnates work sees the Australian outback reflected in the children’s eyes, the land being such an important part of who they are and their culture where the land is their religion. His artworks have a strong vibrancy with their strong reds, blacks and yellows, which also happens to be the colours of the Aboriginal flag. His works combines realism and a degree of abstraction with drips, splashes and cropped components. Adnate appears to be quite prolific, often completing some of his epic multi-story artworks in less then 5 days.