Here's a unique list of 5 Contemporary Artists we think you should know about. This list will not include the sought after well known contemporary artists, such as Damien Hirst, Banksy or Jeff Koons. But rather more unique names like such Cleon Peterson, Blek Le Rat and more. Keep in mind this list only includes contemporary established artists, these artists are still respectfully well known but not at the level of high auction contemporary artists. The reason I point this out is because I believe these artists have much room for not only growth but more recognition to come; with that being said .. we do think their artwork quite investable long term (Not Financial Advice), I have to say that. Our platform is after all a guide for those looking to find their way around investing in the art market.
With their unique styles, I'm sure you will find at least one artist below you'd vision displaying in your home, not only as a artwork but also an appreciating investment. Prices for these artist's artwork can range anywhere from $50 to $3000+ or more. This all depends on where you're buying, if the artwork is directly from the artist it's the cheapest. Prices do increase when sold from a private seller, auction house or other online art platforms such as Artsy.
Art after all is about enjoying what you see and the way it makes you feel, but you cannot deny the market which involves the investment side of things. Not quite convinced art is a commodity, maybe our write on Artwork as a Commodity will alter your outlook.
Recognized as the leader of Paris street art, Blek le Rat (born Xavier Prou in 1952 in Paris) was painting dedicated pieces in the roads since the early eighties. Blek chose to paint rats because they symbolize the urban environment as well as the marginalized members of society. Next, so as to be quicker and avoid being re-arrested, the artist started pasting up pre-stencilled posters. His dedicated works made during the last decade have brought him a global audience.
Frederic Chopin - Blek Le Rat
Pioneering French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat counts the notorious Banksy one of his numerous admirers. Using stencils rather than stylized lettering for graffiti, Blek was among the very first true road artists. Originally famous for stencilling a giant picture image of a rat around Paris, which to him represented both liberty and also the dissemination of artwork throughout town as though it were the plague, lately Blek's job has become more political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. His posters of kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas helped elevated public awareness of her position, pressuring journalists and politicians to perform harder for her launch. With so much influence in stencil artwork, Blek Le Rat is very much a contemporary artist you should know about.
Rope Pulling - Blek Le Rat
Street Artist JR creates pervasive artwork that spreads uninvited on the structures of their slums in France the walls at the Middle East, the broken bridges from African, along with also the favelas in Brazil. JR has traveled into dangerous and distant areas many times. Does he repaint communities, however he also befriends populations by recruiting them as versions or collaborators. JR is traditionally known as a photographer but his artwork speaks for itself.
Giant, Alain, April 13, 08.22 P.M in Havana Cuba, 2019 - JR
A semi-anonymous street artist of global renown, JR plasters giant, monochrome pictures of faces in urban centres --on rooftops and walls, from church windows, and along the sides of trucks. Asking the road his gallery and"using artwork to turn the entire world inside out," JR delivers a message of social activity, telling the tales of the voiceless. "Portrait d'une Generation" (2004-06) featured pictures of young African immigrants hamming for the camera, plastered from the Paris suburbs in the wake of big rioting; for his job"Face 2 Face" in 2005 and 2007. JR's artist really is one of a kind, the locations and messages he promotes through his work is beautiful.
Inside Out, Times Square, USA, 2013 - JR
Fucci is a Finnish-Canadian artist globally recognized for his brilliant post-pop paintings and ligne-claire personality illustrations. Working in a special category of modern artwork, Fucci provides a refreshing taste into the common tastes of sexual expression. Enjoyable and colourfully daring, a vibrant colour palette and chic strategy bring about thought provoking works which touch on perversion with humour and unexpected elegance. Fucci now works from the studio in Toronto, Canada. His work was shown in exhibitions across North America and Europe.
Happy Birthday - Fucci
Working in a special category of modern artwork, Fucci provides a refreshing taste into the common tastes of sexual expression. Enjoyable and colourfully daring, a vibrant colour palette and chic strategy bring about thought provoking works which touch on perversion with humour and unexpected elegance His work is bold, lively, vibrant, and lively. The minimalist approach to his forms along with the palette that is consistent, enable Fucci to produce pieces that lead to"thought-provoking functions that touch perversion with comedy and sophistication that is unforeseen."
Wassily - Fucci
Having graduated from fine arts, he's collaborated for numerous books, for example La cultura del Duodeno, El Periódico, Ara and contains shown for The New York Times. Since 2010, he's provided animations for the Spanish magazine El Jueves. In 2012, Fracasa Major, a range of Cornellà's black animations made from 2010 to 2012, was printed. The majority of the material was formerly unpublished, though in addition, it contains material printed in El Jueves along with several other fanzines. If you're looking for artwork that will either provoke or make someone laugh .. look no further than Joan Cornella.
YOGAWORK - Joan Cornella
He's known for getting censored on instagram, they continuously delete some of his posts for various boring reasons. Thought-provoking, honest and incredibly entertaining, Cornellà's work is truly since-re and holds real potency in its message, even when disguised through blatant humour. In the artist’s own words: “I think we all laugh at misery. We must start from the idea that when we laugh, we laugh at someone or something. With empathy or not, there is always some degree of cruelty. In spite of that, I am aware that if one of my cartoons happened in real life I would not laugh at all”. - Joan Cornella
Australian contemporary artist Ben Frost is famous for his daring, irreverent Pop Art. His instantly recognizable spin on pop culture spins up regular iconography in the world's most important manufacturers. Subverting significance and messages in the mainstream media, Frost's scything commentary on marketing, politics and entertainment is both confronting and contentious. Frost's confrontational art making strikes and subverts the numbing entertainments that advertisements may offer. Ben Frost's irreverent, Pop-inspired paintings, prints, and product (like cushions, T-shirts, and much more) satirize modern consumer culture.
If there's one thing you cannot say about Ben Frost's artwork, it's not eye catching. Because the use of colours, messages and use of popular brands in his work, you cannot miss Frost's work when you enter a room. His work has featured extensively across websites associations like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. He's also done collaborations with fashion houses such as Carolina Herrera and Moschino. Our personal favourite artwork by Ben Front is his use of American prescription drug packaging with various characters on them; taking a poke on the use case on said prescription drug.
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