10 Favorite Artists of 2012
Ok, let me get this out in the open right from the start… I don’t really subscribe to “Art Contests” or “Artist Rankings”. However I do feel like acknowledging some of the artists that I’ve spent a great deal of time following this past year… I admire and respect each of them, as their talents have all had me pondering, “Why the fuck am I bothering with art?”
I hope you will discover something new… I am currently working hard on a new project set for early new year. I am extremely inspired and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
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1 - Nicola Samori (http://www.nicolasamori.com/) - I was very very very lucky to catch his show in NYC this summer. God damn it. Glorious. I lust for his work hanging my home. It may scar my children, but i will own it.
2- Conor Harrington (http://conorsaysboom.wordpress.com/) - There’s no way to even describe his work. You could start by using the G word, but he is so much more. I’d kiss this man.
3 - Ian Francis (http://www.ifrancis.co.uk) - How he “half-renders” his subjects, and basically destroys his backgrounds… And don’t even get me started on his palette.
4 - Fabien Claude (http://fabienclaude.com/) - This artist is very new to me. I know virtually nothing about him. But I’m really loving what he does. Very dark.
5 - Kris Kuksi (http://kuksi.com/) - How does he even… Please stop. Fuck!
6 - Antony Micallef (http://www.antonymicallef.com/) - Been a fan for a long time. Love his range of style, but its the minimalist abstract portraits that really work my man-bits.
7 - Matthew Woodward (http://www.mattwoodwardart.com/) - Had some correspondence with this artist this year, and he is a true gentleman. His work is larger than life, his process is really intriguing, and the work is achingly beautiful.
8 - Joram Roukes (http://joramroukes.blogspot.com/) This isn’t something i would generally be into, but his palette and creativity are explosive. Explosive!
9 - Chad Wys (http://chadwys.com/) Chad is the type of artist that doesn’t really surround himself with too many boundaries. His mediums are many, and I find that very brave and motivational. Also, he puts his personal mark on a different era of art, and that, is certainly after my own heart.
10 - Bael (http://www.bael.co.uk/) Another new artist for me. Love how he contorts his subjects. Love the minimal style. Love the facelessness.