Top 10 Emerging Artists of the Year

Greg Breda, Breathe, 2022

In this article, we take a look at 10 emerging artists we’ve discovered over the past 12 months. Let yourself be transported to 10 bizarre universes that will pique your curiosity and perhaps inspire your creative imagination. We guarantee a touch of surprise!

Moya Garrison-Msingwana

Moya Garrison-Msingwana, PILE_017, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Hannah Traore Gallery

The artist believes that the clothes we wear are an indication of our personality and therefore uses fabrics to create a universe in which clothes have secondary feelings and take on a suitable identity for their human body. In this draped art world, the paintings explore pop culture, art history and identity.

Sophie Wahlquist

Sophie Wahlquist, Krake, 2022, Ceramic, glaze, bulbs, wire and metal chain, 27 x 80 x 74 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Baert Gallery.

Sophie Wahlquist(b. 1983) is a German immigrant living in Los Angeles. The artistic style of her multimedia work combines the dual sensibility of a historically rich European line of painting with the sun-drenched California prism of the natural world.

Greg Breda 

Greg Breda, Breathe, 2022, Acrylic on vellum, 101.6 x 101.6 cm

California native Greg Breda is a self-taught contemporary visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. His “Hei” series mentions the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. “Hey” has been interpreted in many ways, from referring to a “hole” or “window” to its general reference to a signal of spiritual presence.

Edgar Ramirez

Edgar Ramirez, Just the Tip, 2022. House paint, rust, and capped roofing nails on cardboard, 335 x 808 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Chris Sharp Gallery

Edgar Ramirez is another one of emerging Artists of this year. Edgar Ramirez (born 1989) is an insightful artist based in Los Angeles drawing on his immediate urban environment, certain areas of art history, and post-Fordist philosophy. His artistic style and the plot of his work is inspired by anonymous signs – “We’re buying houses”, “Fix your credit”, etc. – that parasitize in low-income neighborhoods throughout the city, as well as in America as a whole. He paints these predatory signs in multiple colors on cardboard, then subverts them with an aggressive subtraction process that exists somewhere between classic decor and urban decadence.

Hana Ward

Hana Ward Studio Portrait, November 2022. Courtesy of the artist and OCHI

Weaving together moods, motives, and narratives the LA-based artist Hana Ward depicts Black and Brown feminine figures who reflect and dream as they build their own sovereign worlds. nfluenced by anti-colonial histories, spiritual texts and cycles of the natural world, and the canon of art history, Ward’s paintings convey deeply personal metamorphoses.

Clifford Prince King

Clifford Prince King, Act II, 2022. Archival Pigment Print on Canson Rag, 121.92 x 81.28 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Stars

The new series of works is a continuation of his explorations of caring, intimacy and vulnerability in his community, often presenting everyday settings that speak to his experiences as a queer black male. This one of the top 10artists uses a series of gestures to bring the image to life in a documentary style. While AIDS-era photographers used momentary realism for radical ends, King subverts the idiom with a dreamy narrative sensibility, rooting his work in a place where politics becomes psychological.

Nicole Havekost

Nicole Havekost, Sheath (20), 2022, Wool felt, beeswax, soft & oil pastel, horse hair, shellac, latex, cotton thread. Images courtesy of the artist and Dreamsong

Nicole Havecost’s practice focuses on the female body, which she reimagines as a sovereign organism, both refined and hideous. In a recent series of works titled Sheath, the emerging artist has collected a dizzying array of materials including beeswax, cat whiskers, horsehair and volcanic sea salt to create objects that read like the preserved skins of mythological creatures.

Nancy Shaver

Nancy Shaver, The bride, or the bride says “No”, 2016, Wooden blocks, found metal, wheels, rope, dress fabric, paper, Flashe acrylic, house paint, oil pastel, charcoal, 114 x 48 x 45 cm

The interplay of color, texture and form is viewed with a critical eye in the artist’s sculptures that describe and expand the world, creating paths for discovery through stark combinations of painted paper, plain fabric and random, carefully selected found objects. or antique textiles.

Dustin Hodges

Dustin Hodges, LEP_47’’, 2021, Oil and pencil on linen, mounted on linen and panel. Courtesy of Sebastian Gladstone

The Francine series of works by the artist are 60-inch paintings that are individual frames of an animated film, taken out of their sequential context, depicting sections of the film animating an ambiguous form diving down and towards the viewer.


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