One of the best ways to break into the world of art collecting is to find contemporary artists that you like. Most people recommend against investing in art for a return. Indeed, you should purchase pieces that you like. However, if you can find art that you enjoy that also serves as a good investment, then that is a win-win situation.
Naturally, you need to accept that art, like any investment, is risky. That is why buying pieces you like is so important. If the investment does not pay off, at least you have something that you are proud to display. New contemporary artists with a lot of promises emerge all the time.
Some contemporary artists that may make great investments who you might want to check out include:
1. Jordan Casteel
A graduate of the Yale School of Art, Jordan Casteel made waves with her solo show at Sargent’s Daughters, a gallery in New York. She focuses on portraits of black bodies and takes inspiration from Kerry James Marshall, Alice Neel, and Jacob Lawrence.
Her work has already caused bidding wars at Christie’s auctions, but her pieces are still largely accessible to beginner collectors. She has exhibited her work across the globe.
2. Thomas Houseago
A British sculptor, Tomas Houseago primarily works out of a studio in Los Angeles. He enjoys using a wide variety of materials, including nontraditional ones like hemp, to create the pieces, which portray human forces in uniquely vulnerable positions.
He has had solo shows at the Royal Academy in London and the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville Paris. Houseago uses a very limited color palette, which only makes his pieces more moving.
3. Sara Anstis
Using primarily soft pastels, Sara Anstis celebrates the female form in a way that removes it from the patriarchy and celebrates the heart of femininity. Her works have a great sense of humor that make them very approachable.
However, the pieces are also very subjective and stir a lot of conversation among people viewing them. This makes them a great addition to virtually any collection.
4. Nicolas Holiber
A Brooklyn-based artist, Nicolas Holiber has a style that is very difficult to define. He works across a lot of different media creating everything from traditional paintings to large-scale sculptures. His pieces tend to be a bit cryptic and to challenge viewers to create their own narrative.
Intrigue is a word that has been tied to his enigmatic approach to art. He also loves to celebrate form and color with both abstraction and reality mixed together in a unique and engaging way.
5. Megan Ellen MacDonald
An artist with an 18th-century sensibility, Megan Ellen MacDonald loves to play with baroque themes and romance. However, she also has an over-the-top approach to art that really makes her pieces come to life.
She loves to juxtapose these loftier subjects with mass market disposable objects, which challenges viewers to think about how they assess the value of an object based on how it gets depicted for us. MacDonald has already been the subject of a lot of buzz and seems to be on a trajectory toward significant fame.
6. Matt Lambert
Another artist tackling the concept of consumption, Matt Lambert paints disturbing landscapes, broken portraits, and pop art figures. His pieces are meant to make audiences question how they think of commodity in the world.
Lambert pulls on a variety of themes, from African cultures to superheroes, to raise important questions about modern sensibilities. He was formerly voted one of the top British artists to invest in so there is a lot of buzz around Lambert. Still, his pieces are quite affordable for collectors.
7. Teiji Hayama
Working primarily with pop icons as inspiration, Teiji Hayama puts a new spin on beloved people like Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy. His pieces are not meant to flatter, but rather to show a different side. He depicts starts in distorted light and harsh poses that make them seem almost scary.
While the figures are recognizable, the faces can become quite amorphous. Hayama uses his work to comment on social media and how it has warped our view of the world and caused us to apply a distorted lens in our own lives.
8. Loie Hollowell
Known for psychedelic abstract paintings of curved forms, Loie Hollowell has made a major name for herself in a relatively short period of time. Some people have described her as a modern George O’Keeffe because her paintings often point to more familiar forms even though they are composed of abstract geometrics.
She has shown in both the United States and Europe with pieces already selling at high prices. However, it is possible to find some more affordable options.
9. Henry Taylor
An artist with a very interesting background, Henry Taylor worked several odd jobs including serving as a psychiatric nurse before going to art school. After graduating, it took him 12 years to get his first solo show. Taylor primarily paints portraits of both strangers and acquaintances he encounters in downtown Los Angeles.
He gained a lot of attention when a portrait he did of rapper Jay-Z was put on the front of a style magazine published by The New York Times. That was in 2017, and since then his reputation has only continued to grow.