As we look out to what the future may hold for the art world, we know that one thing is for certain, female artists are here to stay, and they are writing our current art history. At Hancock Gallery we love to celebrate up-and-coming artists, so without further ado, here are our top five female artists to keep your eyes on.
Juno Calypso is a British multi-disciplinary artist working mostly within the mediums of photography, film and installation. Calypso stages solitary self-portraits that explore desire, femininity and isolation starting with Joyce, a character made by the artist which became her first series of work in 2015. From then the artist has delved into the world of Honeymoon hotels and the experience of being alone in a subterranean house. Calypso’s latest work is inspired by the colour Baker Miller Pink and the Women’s World Cup. The series of photographs see the artist challenge the hyper stylized works and pristine aesthetic with mud and blood. Whilst maintaining the artists love for the colour pink, as well as exploring Baker Miller Pink in particular and its potential psychological capabilities.
Lauren Baker is a British artist who is highly experimental working across multiple disciplines to reflect the vastness of the universe. Baker’s practice explores human connection, metaphysics and the expansions of the universe, making the unseen seen. The artist is most known for her neon works depicting the power of energy through poetic typographic and celestial chakra art works, that are championed for putting the vibration of love and connection and expressing the ‘secrets of the universe’ through light. One of Baker's most recent and popular pieces is a public light artwork, One Thought Changes Everything - a collaboration with BMW Culture X Frieze.
Coco Dávez is a Spanish multi-disciplinary artist most known for painting, photography and art direction. The artist's iconic colourful universe brings a multitude of collaborations with infamous brands: Channel, Netflix, Kenzo, Dior, Prada, and Vogue to name a few. Dávez has exhibited globally from Hong Kong to London, Paris to Lisbon and is known around the world for her signature unconstrained brushwork and pure acrylic on canvas. The subjects within the artist work are a blend of cultural and historical influences. From film characters and cartoons to celebrities and artists. Dávez released the most personal project to date in 2019 named, Faceless paying tribute to her idols in a neo-realistic style with a touch of pop art. These portraits are semi abstract without facial features.
Sophie Tea is a British artist who originally graduated with a first-class degree in business before starting her entrepreneurial journey developing a “Tinder For Art” app. Tea would fund the app with painting. However, the popularity had soared with her artworks and it became more lucrative to pursue SophieTeaArt, now with studios, galleries and teams in both London and Sydney. Painting had always been a hobby for Tea until she was travelling and started painted murals to earn extra cash. The artist goes above and beyond in championing body diversity, body confidence and celebrating the body, and she creates social media storms with her volunteers of painted ladies. Tea’s most recent works Rudies dropped on March 21st March 2021 and sold out almost immediately.
SJ Fuerst is an American artist most known for creating hyper realistic paintings of a dreamlike world filled with endearing inflatable fire and animals; coupled with models that look incredibly real. You have to do a double take. Fuerst’s work is described as fun and cinematic as she creates her own take on classic realism using humour that is sometimes dark, coupled with the harmony and beauty of the visual emphasising narrative. Layers within the world created by the artist at times take years to create. On the surface, the worlds created are extravagant and fantastical, however, on closer inspection proving to contain many contradictions.
Although Women in History month is only one month out of the year, it doesn’t mean that female artists are only celebrated within this time. At Hancock Gallery we believe in equality and art that you simply can’t walk away from.
Discover more of SJ Fuerst's work by exploring her collection at Hancock Gallery here.