For emerging artists, Instagram could be conceived as their virtual gallery. It is cost-free and open to everyone owning a device with sufficient Internet connection. Though, not many people have the time, patience, and mainly passion for getting lost in flipping though it’s numerous accounts. ‘5 artists who will spice up your Instagram news feed’ creates a selection of Instagram accounts and presents emerging artists worth the attention. The existence of social media platforms such as Instagram has an inevitable power in the art industry.
A recent study on statista.com revealed a notable increase of the number of monthly active Instagram users from January 2013 to April 2017, concluding that 700 million monthly users use this social media actively in comparison to 90 million that used it in January 2013.
Like it or not, the engagement in social media is a tool enhancing artist’s careers nowadays. Without it, many artists would be invisible. If nothing else, this curated variety guarantees to please your eye and leave you inspired
The minute you enter Gabriela Giroletti’s Instagram profile, extraordinary vividness catches your eye. Giroletti is an MFA student at Slade School of Fine Art with a rich history of group exhibitions in London, but also in Oxford and Granada, Spain. Furthermore, she obtained The Dean’s Prize for Academic Excellence, 2015. This young female artist is not afraid to use colours in unconventional combinations to achieve a rich piece of abstract art. Her sculptural and installation work seems very daring yet exciting.
Installation views of "Untitled", Oil on canvas, 2017 the three of them, courtesy of the artist.
Rhys Coren, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts, is already represented by the Seventeen Gallery in London, and has also held a solo exhibition at Galerie Pcp in Paris. He works across many mediums such as writing, performance, and painted marquetry. His paintings are particularly interesting due to the unusual shapes of canvases and graphic-like techniques. There is certain playfulness in Rhys’ shapes and use of colours, which evokes a positive energy in me.
Installation view of "Love chains, love chains", spray paint, acrylic, pencil on board, 2017, "Always Have Somebody Chasing Somebody Else", enamel, spray paint, acrylic on board, 2016 and "A Giddyupagogo", spray paint, acrylic, pencil on board, 2017.
This young artist, based in Los Angeles, positions a new perspective on visual art. Having a background in mathematics, her key interest is devoted to spatial relationships and dimensions. The artist’s two and three-dimensional works are tricking the eye into believing there is another reality. Gilmore’s mediums include sculpture, installations, painting, and drawing. However, she started her Instagram account as a portal, attempting to sell her smaller-scale drawings. What is particularly interesting about Gilmore’s art is how creative she can get with simple lines and grid structures while creating black and white two and three-dimensional worlds.
Installation view of two murals and "Gravitational Drip Number 1", Acrylic on dibond, 2017.
This German artist is paintings brim with hue, texture, and gestural movement. Those who visited the recent Cy Twombly retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris might associate Gerken’s scrawls with Twombly’s. However, the German artist spreads her colours much differently, employing a distinguishing artistic technique. She either works with large scale, which is very body-related- or with small-scale paintings, which have a more intimate feel. Gerken works mainly intuitively. Therefore, instinct is something I find very present in her paintings, and I particularly enjoy.
Installation view of "Untitled", 2017, "Untitled", Acrylic on PVC, 2016, "Untitled (I've told you so one hundred and fifty thousand times)", Acrylic and Japanesepaper on Polyester Canvas, 2017, courtesy of the artist.
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This female artist born in Poland however living and working in Hamburg strikes by her imagery, which is elaborately textured and richly hued in abstract depictions of human figures and animals. Her technique could be a reminiscence of the South African artist Ryan Hewett. Both of them accomplish handling of oil paint that is applied to the canvas with quick, almost brutal splashes of the palette knife. Interestingly, Otto uses mostly dark tones along with black backgrounds to the portraits she is depicting. Her paintings are especially interesting as they make you lose your grip on reality and appear almost surrealist.
Installation view of "Untitled", Oil on canvas, 2017, "Napoleon", Oil on canvas, 2017 and "Louis", Oil on canvas, 2017, courtesy of the artist.