Here’s a selection of emerging artists unafraid to speak their truths
With the world in corona-time, we’re resigned to our screens instead of in-person shows. Here’s a selection of eight emerging artists unafraid to speak their truths that are sure to shake up your dry insta feed.
Haley Josephs (@haley.josephs)
Born in 1987 in Seattle, Washington. Haley lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Teenage Dream. Oil on canvas, 36″ x 48”
Haley Josephs’ paintings are inspired by the weight of family trauma that is passed down from generation to generation. This includes her own emotional trauma and psychological states, as well as her perspective she has of others emotional sensibilities.
Although Josephs’ considers her work autobiographical, it also has the power of the universal. Her practice illustrates emotional and psychological mental states. These can be described, or discussed through image, form and color. They do not need to seek descriptive words or explanations.
The figure has the capacity to present internal struggles. Josephs’ work often depicts a solitary figure with a sense of power and perseverance in a foreboding, apocalyptic landscape.
Danny Ferrell (@dannyjferrell)
Born in 1991 in Flint, Michigan, Danny lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Silver Lake. Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48”
Danny Ferrell’s paintings represent fantasies and fears about the ‘Other’ through depictions of the everyday queer male. Working within the tradition of the Cadmus Circle and Hudson River School, Ferrell perches the figure on the edge of the quotidian. There, lush landscapes, colorful gradients, and intricate patterns interact to create a “magic reality” that is both ordinary and extraordinary.
A formal and conceptual tension is at play, which is structured by ever-present dichotomies: public/private, nature/culture, taste/kitsch, transparency/opacity. Loosely based on his own relationships, experiences, and imagination, his work functions like a daydream, where memory and longing shape a personal fiction.
Sawool Kim (@sawoolkim)
Born in 1987 in Seoul, South Korea. Sawool lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Awakening Bowl. Acrylic on linen canvas, 30″ x 26”
Sawool Kim’s work explores transcultural identity. Her paintings fuse cultural relics with flora, fauna, and everyday objects. Kim depicts cross-cultural hybridization as a visual grafting of cultural images. Her complex, interwoven compositions combine relics of diverse cultures with objects from our own time, visually transplanting these images onto one another to create new meaning.
Inspired by her recent travels to South America, she incorporates artifacts from Pre-Columbian cultures. Kim’s work reflects her own transcultural experience as an artist born in South Korea and living and working in the United States.
Tristram Lansdowne (@tristramlansdowne)
Born in 1983 in British Columbia. Tristram lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Life Swap. Watercolor on paper, 42.75″ x 23”
Tristram Lansdowne’s practice explores the historical and cultural representations of organized space, considering the ways in which architecture is used to express desire and control.
For the past three years his work has examined the psycho-spatial content of the contemporary home. He uses perspectival manipulations, color displacements, digital modeling effects (re-coded through the handmade) and material shifts to destabilize the viewer’s position. The work explores the effects of globalized design culture, speculation-driven real estate development and digital imaging technology in order to ask what our current conception of the “ideal home” might say about our sense of place.
Shona McAndrew (@shona_mcandrew)
Born in 1990 in Paris, France. Shona lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Asia. Acrylic on canvas, 80″ x 56”
Shona McAndrew’s painted papier-mâché sculptures, installations, and paintings depict women in quiet private moments. Often life-size or slightly larger, her work draws from personal experiences to call attention to the simultaneous banality and importance of fleeting, introspective, honest, and vulnerable moments.
McAndrew recreates historical poses with the help of her friends and peers in states of reveal in an unbroken stream of daydreams. Unembarrassed by their often exposed bodies and seemingly unaware and unconcerned about the viewer’s careless voyeurism, Shona’s women ask us to valorize activities of body exploration, self-care, and forgetting to see oneself through the critical eyes of others.
Devan Shimoyama (@devanshimoyama)
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Devan lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Off the Charts. Oil, color pencil and mixed media on canvas stretched over panel, 48″ x 36”
Devan Shimoyama is a visual artist working primarily in the realm of self-portraiture and narratives inspired by classical mythology and allegory. Shimoyama seeks to depict the black queer male body as both desirable and desirous.
He explores the mystery in the process of understanding his origins and also investigating the politics of queer culture. His work showcases the relationship between celebration and silence in both queer culture and sexuality.
Shimoyama’s composition is inspired from the canons of the masters Caravaggio and Goya, adding a more contemporary expression and unique sensuality. Through the use of materials including splattered paint, stencils, glitter, rhinestones, fabric, and sequins, Shimoyama creates pieces that capture the intangible magic of the human spirit.
Eric Stefanski (@ericstefanski)
Eric was born in 1987 in Chicago, Illinois, where he still lives and works.
We could all use a break. Mixed Media. 60″ x 50”
Eric Stefanksi’s work is a reflection on the humor, labor, rejection, and failure that comes with having a studio practice. The intention is to point outward to larger issues in our culture and art history while also reflecting on my own personal history.
Anthony Young (@anthonypeytonyoung)
Anthony was born in 1988 in Charleston, Massachusetts. He lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
Say Their Names III. Collage with color pencil, chalk and asphalt paper
Anthony Young uses portraiture as a tool to memorialize the numerous unarmed victims who have passed, their names are all too often forgotten.
These works incorporate symbolic materials such as bleach and gunpowder to challenge common notions about the black body that are branded into the black psyche. They also explore the power of cultural imprinting delivered by family, friends, the media, and more violent, destructive means including policing and incarceration.
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Kaeley is a contemporary artist and cultural organizer who loves good espresso and a cold Coke Zero.