Nov 27, 2016

5 Artists Under 35 You Need to Know

We take a look at exceptional artists under 35 making waves in the art world
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1. Hulda Guzman

(Born 1984, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

Born in the Dominican republic and still living and working in Santo Domingo, Hulda is influenced by Mexican folk art.

Through simple and economical large acrylic paintings she uses depictions of everyday activities to tells stories of eroticism and illustrations of life. Her interiors, painted on wood, are restrained, tightly composed and have an almost perfect flatness to them. Her portraits, painted in one sitting using only her left hand (she’s right handed) are powerful and emotive and satisfy her need to investigate gesture, to achieve free and spontaneous lines.

Represented by Lyle O. Reitzel Arte Contemporáneo

2. Nathan Cash Davidson

(Born 1988, London, UK)

Nathan aims to ‘create the past, but in the now.’ His theatrically styled history paintings at first appear a dramatic departure from his earlier paintings of pop culture, including subjects like London’s famous Trellick Tower. But on closer inspection his history paintings reveal their representation as being told through modern mass media. Described by Timothy Ivison as ‘authentically inauthentic renditions of Renaissance portraiture’ and including titles such as ‘your flee not fear cauldron stirring wounds’ and ‘loving virtues placed your imposed wishing wreck’, this is indeed history retold through Nathan’s eyes and through his experience with history via contemporary culture.

Represented by Hannah Barry Gallery, UK

3. Emil Klein

(Born 1982, Munich, Germany)

Emil’s process fascinates. He engages in a group of works at the same time. Previous works act as the starting point for the next. Structure and style change and adapt and result in a rhythm that leads to a new creative process. White is painted over and over across the top of a dark background. The tracks that leap off of the canvas and hold the viewer’s attention appear as action when in fact, they are more aptly described as void.

Represented by Galeria Francesca Pia

4. Torey Thornton

(Born 1990, Macon, USA)

At first glance you’d be forgiven for viewing Torey’s works as simple, whimsical pieces. Tongue-in-cheek titles like ‘Swamp Pee Fern Shreck’ increase this feeling of playfulness. But what lies more deeply and what makes Torey’s work so popular is a structural complexity and mastery of colour that creates small flashes of realisation the more you focus on them. In the artist’s own words:

‘I always want my paintings to be stranger, not immediately attractive.’

His work continues to increase in popularity, driven in no small part by the combination of a structural understanding that belies his age and an enthusiasm that reaches the viewer so effectively.

Represented by Moran Bondaroff

5. Ryan Sullivan

(Born 1983, New York, USA)

Latex, acrylic, enamel, lacquer and spray paint are amongst the extensive substances that make up the layer upon layer of Ryan’s large scale explorations into the medium of paint.

His paintings take months to form, as he applies thick masses of these materials and allows them to slowly ooze across the canvas. The process is seemingly as much a science experiment as it is art, and the end result is as if you’re viewing vast landscapes in the midst of creation.

Titles like ‘October 27-December 27, 2011’ add to this feeling of the study of materials, of learning their behaviour. Yet, despite their completeness, there remains the feeling of movement, as if the metamorphosis from paint to solid state still continues.

Represented by Sadie Coles