Despite the masses flocking toward whatever recent clich Thomas Kincaid just barfed out for some quick cash the real art world is still alive and as evocative as ever. As much as we'd like, most of us cant afford to tour the world in search of the decades most brilliant and authentic (read: non-sellout) artists, but that probably wont happen for most of us. Luckily, a few clicks of a mouse can introduce you to some of the most evocative, astounding artists to enter the scene in the twenty-teens.
Katie DanielsDaniels has been in the field for less than 10 years, yet she has already won the Claire Weiss Emerging Artist Award, which will take her delicate patterns and ornamentally charming pieces into the real world with tessellated plastic patterns breathing new life into fences and parks in the New York area.
Katies sculptures and installations might be as breathtaking as they are alluring. She winds beads, pearls and wires up into a twisted, floral garden of thoughts and colors. An exquisitely controlled chaos calls upon the beauty of nature and a hint of fantasy as inspiration.
Stephen DentStephen Dents art peddles the ordinary as something more, not necessarily grand and under appreciatedbut worth examining. His cardboard oil installments are both plain and stunning; as he explains on his site that he wants us to focus on cardboard more than we normally would, and the role it plays in our life, Stephen Dent mentions: The first is that as we see the thing we are paying attention to in more detail the second is that we begin seeing it in places that we had not noticed it before.
Dents other work is one part social commentary, one part relevancy and two parts whimsy. Pieces like I Like Airplanes uses almost violent strokes to compose a stunning piece that would look just as at-home in a museum as it would in a studio apartment in Greenwich.
Ryan Peter MillerIts tempting to say Ryan Peter Millers message is only trumped by his exquisite talent as an artist ... but it would be a lie, because his pieces are equal in societal relevance and compelling beauty. Millers use of paint transcends paint itself, as he treats the paint like its his own personal element forged solely for the purpose of letting him breathe new life into the art world.
Miller takes us from the age dinosaurs in his series Excavation, to the living rooms of famous porn stars in Mark Making, and manages to break thought provoking ground while doing so. His method of layering paint and letting it harden, then crafting it into a mlange of objects and stories is unique enough to poise him as one of the great artists of the 21st century.