Artsy artists have published a list of the five most promising, according to the site’s experts of contemporary artists. They were chosen as one of the top five most promising among those who have shown themselves this fall.
Damilola Onosobo Markus (born 1993), a Lagos-based artist from Nigeria, is still working on the artist scene with a small number of works, balancing between abstraction and figurative painting. Following a group exhibition at Cape Town’s Eclectica Contemporary gallery, titled “Girls Rule the World,” she presented scenes from the lives of ordinary people in bold, sweeping strokes in muted pastel colors.
Mahi Ahmed (born 1989), an artist from Pakistan, depicts fantastical creatures peacefully coexisting with each other in a non-dotopic landscape. Ahmed’s technique harks back to the tradition of Persian and Mughal illustrations, as well as traditional Japanese painting techniques in the field of natural phenomena. Following a solo exhibition titled “Spaces Between,” now on view at Kristin Hefestigjerde Gallery in London, Ahmed examines his experience of motherhood.
Renowned self-taught artist Adeolu Osibodu (born 1997) is a Nigerian-born, London-based artist living and working in London. As a teenager he first turned to the art of photography. To his work comes the power of delicate imagery, sipping on the legacy of Surrealism. His work is distinguished by its carefully considered composition and vivid shades of color. Osibodou usually has a wealth of experience participating in major international art shows, including the Art Paris fair. Last year, his debut solo exhibition was held at the ARTCO Gallery, which took place last spring.
Beginning with oil painting, Japanese artist Ulala Imai (born 1982), prioritizes depicting inanimate objects in her style, releasing them from their familiar context. This allows her to combine a honey jar shaped like a bear and a toy alien in the same composition. At the moment, Imai is working on a project that reimagines the effects of the recent coronavirus pandemic caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. I don’t like critical brightness. Instead, I prefer bright moments, such as leaving the house on a sunny winter morning or leaving the house on a warm day,” says the artist.
The strongest driving force behind the work of Swedish artist Malin Gabriella Nordin (born 1988), who created her first portrait, is intuition. They are immersed in a process that is comparable to the tradition of automatic writing. The abstracts involved are largely inherited from the work of another prominent Swedish artist, Hilma af Klint, who worked in Sweden. Nordin was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Bergen Academy of Art in 2013. She has had several solo exhibitions in galleries, art institutions throughout Northern Europe.