Jan 05, 2017

Emerging Artists to Watch in 2017

We take a look at 5 emerging artists who look set to take the art world by storm in 2017
Share the post
Modern artists can be thrust into the limelight before their time, moving from relative obscurity to sky-high auction prices midst a blur of hype and hysteria. Others progress steadily throughout their career, gaining international recognition amongst their peers and industry thought leaders.

We’ve picked 5 who fall into the latter category. These artists have consistently shown their talent through engaging exhibitions throughout their career and look set to continue their rise in 2017.

1. Jamian Juliano-Villani (b. 1987 New Jersey, USA. Live and works in New York)

Brooklyn-based Jamian Juliano-Villani’s paintings combine popular culture and barely-human figures in cartoonesque depictions that challenge our perceptions of what is real and what is possible.

Her early works were, given their dreamlike qualities, aptly created almost solely at night. The sometimes disturbing and grotesque subjects agitate the senses, while her attention to detail and almost perfect finishes are aesthetically pleasing. The result is a challenging body of work that is at the same time visually appealing and physically repellent.

Represented by JTT

2. Math Bass (b. 1981 New York, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles)

Starting out in performance and participatory art, Math more recently began incorporating painting into her work. On canvas she configures recurring pictographic characters such as cigarettes, alligators and staircases, which are rearranged and manipulated in their composition, but which at all times can form the letters in the title of the series ‘NEWZ!’

Her performance work continues this theme, exploring the number of meanings that can be constructed from a finite range of repeated signifiers.

Represented by Michael Jon & Alan

3. Sascha Braunig (b. 1983 Qualicum Beach, Canada. Lives and works in Portland, ME)

Described by the New York Times as ‘an inspired reanimator of Surrealism’, Sascha Braunig creates small paintings that celebrate light, colour and space through the combination of vibrant colour and pattern repetition.

The aesthetic and smoothness of her painting suggest an association to digital imagery, but are very much routed in life. She paints small clays models that she creates and illuminates in her studio in what she describes as ‘over-the-top movie lighting.’

The forms themselves allude to the female shape, with the artist interested in the way that the female body is perpetually abstracted, reduced, distorted or compared with inanimate objects.

‘It is important that there is a tension between their lifelessness and possible lifelikeness.’

Represented by Foxy Production

4. Ivana Basic (b. 1986 Belgrade, Serbia. Lives and works in New York)

Belgrade-born artist Ivana Basic’s installations explore the human body using fleshy materials suspended in untenable states. Titanium spears support, poke and pierce her pieces, which appear as if suspended at some point between life and death, existence and nothingness.

2016 saw Basic in her first gallery solo show at London’s Annka Kultys as well as a group show at the world-renowned Whitney Museum. 2017 sees her kick off with a group exhibition at New York’s Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Represented by Annka Kultys

5. Claire Tabouret (b. 1981, Pertuis, France. Live and works in Paris and Los Angeles)

As a figurative artist within a crowded painting genre, Claire stands out through her powerful and somewhat haunting depictions of girls and young women. Enigmatic, sombre and embarrassing are all apt descriptions of the context her subjects appear in, looking at once elegant and proud and isolated and delicate.

She is now represented by prestigious galleries Bugada & Cargnel in Paris and Night Gallery in L.A., where she has a solo show in January. This will be swiftly followed by solo shows at YUZ Museum in Shanghai and Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille, which look set to propel her to new heights in 2017.

Represented by Bugada & Cargnel