If you're anything like us you’ll be entering 2022 full of positivity, and what better way to inspire a prosperous year but with art. Here we’re taking a deep dive into artwork that inspires us and artists that we believe will be making waves in 2022.
The dreamlike scenes of Lorusso’s paintings are just the windows of escape and calm spirituality we’re all looking for during a long and sobering pandemic. Born in Chicago in 1966 to an Italian family he was exposed to the works of Italian masters from a young age whilst on holiday in the old country. This heavily influenced Lorusso’s early artistic development and can be seen in his work. If you’re a fan of dreamscapes and classical technique then keep your eyes peeled for Lorusso this year.
Using a wide range of techniques Ncaphayi’s multi media paintings and prints explore divisive questions around politics, power and rampant inequities. The stunning abstract paintings and prints are vibrant, arresting and as layered and complex as the artist’s subject matter. The artists has been awarded numerous honours including the Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award, the Africa First Art Prize and residencies at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam, The Ampersand Foundation in New York, the Mixit Print Studio Boston, and the Nirox Foundation in Johannesburg. Stay on the lookout for more pulsating abstraction from Ncaphayi.
Ukrainian born graphic designer turned oil painter Iryna Yermolova creates bold and colourful Impressionist works. The figures and still life scenes hold a dynamism like a blurred and hazy memory. Yermolova states ‘My canvases, as silent witnesses, accept everything that's not possible to transmit by words.’ When looking for powerful yet peaceful figurative works, Yermolova has it covered.
Currently living and working in New York, American artist Brook Hsu’s work questions figuration and abstraction. Driven by her own observations and inspired by art history, literature and film Hsu uses ink and oil paints to lumber and carpets to create striking autobiographical imagery. If you’re looking for multimedia figuration this year keep eye on Brook Hsu.
Born in 1966 in the North-East, Coburn is driven by reflecting man’s relationship with nature and investigating how this manifests itself in a symbolic, religious and ethical way. Coburns stunning animal portraits have gained him much commercial success and in 2018 was awarded ‘the Lyon and Turnbull Award for painting' from the Royal Scottish Academy Open. If chiaroscuro and photorealism are your thing then stay tuned for more Justin Coburn.
Taking inspiration and expanding on their British-Nigerian heritage and an old family photo album, Labinjo creates intimate scenes of family life that transcend generations and distance. Labinjo breathes new life into the forgotten aesthetics of interiors and fashion from Essex to Lagos and draws on her experiences growing up in the in 90’s as a British-Nigerian. This Newcastle University graduate is sure to keep making astounding work in 2022.
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