This November we are featuring 10 expressive artists who capture the world through a variety of styles and diverse mediums. From minimalist forms and bright abstract canvases to surrealist landscapes, these artists clearly demonstrate their skill and technique through paintings, watercolours, and photographs. Scroll down to check out our list of 10 artists to watch out for in November!
The paintings of Swedish-born, Cyprus-based abstract painter Carolina Alotus are luminous, fantastical arenas in which beauty and harmony negotiate fiercely with chaos. Her compositions are active and energetic, sparking visual tension from unexpected relationships between colours, forms, and textures and from the feverish juxtaposition of seemingly disparate mediums and techniques.
Carolina came to abstraction from an established career as a figurative painter, specialising in lush, dreamlike, large-scale reproductions of flowers. Her transition to an abstract method driven entirely by intuition allows her total freedom in her studio. Her idiosyncratic visual language blends the traditions of Gestural Abstraction, Street Art, Art Brut, Action Painting, and Pop Art. Self-taught as a painter, Carolina guards against overthinking when it comes to the content of her work.
Born and based in Amsterdam, Carolien Wissing paints vast yet intimate landscapes in a sober colour palette. She depicts areas where human intervention ends and nature begins. In her paintings, a power play occurs between man and nature, stillness and movement, and control and chaos. She bridges the surreal and the earthly in search of a symbiosis between man and nature. Her artworks immerse the viewer in worlds where ecological concerns can be divided into feelings of desire, fear, humour, and awe. Carolien's paintings celebrate our bond with nature and help us to remember where we are rooted.
A Sydney-based artist who made her way here via product design. Lana Alsamir-Diamond's works are minimal yet bold and are very personal and reminiscent of the artist's life, packed with cultural influences and references. Silhouettes and composition are the primary interest of her minimalist works. She demonstrates a sensitivity for negative space, creating the perfect groundwork for colour.
"I feel my work is very intuitive and involves a fair amount of restraint, for that reason I sometimes find myself producing work that involves more figurative elements, it is almost an instinctive need to be in control, I love the dialogue that two of my pieces can have in the same space."
Koray Erkaya, born in Turkey in 1964, is a photographer and author based in Toronto, Canada. He began his career working as a fashion and advertising photographer for magazines, advertising agencies, and clients. In May 2010, he was invited as an honoured guest to take part in a photo exhibition in the "Festival European de la photo de Nu" with the "Don’t Tell Mamma" series.
Nutsa Esebua is a Georgian artist who lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. She studied Fine Arts at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and graduated in 2016 with a Master's degree. She then attended the Informal Master Program in Creative Mediation at the Center of Contemporary Art (CCA) in Tbilisi. After completing her degrees, she received a scholarship for residency in Zürich, Switzerland. After working and living there for four years, she held her first solo exhibition "Flow". Nutsa's artistic practice is characterised by attentive observation and careful questioning of her surroundings. In her drawings, paintings, and photographs, the artist interprets scenes and areas in which she finds herself. Visual impressions and researched knowledge play an important role in giving the perceived an appropriate form of artistic realisation.
Southampton, Ontario-based artist Yuksel Hassan studied at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Mimar Sinan in Istanbul, Turkey and is a permanent member of Southampton Art Centre, Ontario. Her work is an exploration and mixture of realism and fantasy. She has a strong passion to recreate nature in a nostalgic style on canvas. Organic shapes and flowing patterns created by nature's magic inspire her. Yuksel's paintings depict the moods and colours of the Great Lakes, the beautiful Sweet Water Sea-Huron, the Georgian Bay, and the lakes in the district of Muskoka. As a nature worshipper, she takes great pleasure in gardening, hiking, swimming, and photography and believes in nourishing the artistic soul with music and reading.
Singapore-based artist Susan Olij's main obsession is drawing and a sense of self-discovery through experimentation. Her educational and industry background in fashion is foundational in the design sensibilities of her paintings and drawings. Abstraction is the root of her techniques but a large appetite for mastering watercolours over all the other media has been driving her works in the last three years. The watercolours of her Shin-rin yoku (Forest Therapy) experiences were born out of the pandemic isolation. Her previous works are all grounded in practical observations of natural phenomena such as human nature and the nature of culture and place. As an artist who travels, her work evolves with the ebbs and flow of the world.
Born and based in Scandinavia On Hansen is the pseudonym of the photographer Cristian Hunter. He is a third-generation artist who has spent most of his professional career as a photographer. His work bears the traces of lived experiences by exploring the possibilities of formal abstraction and seeking an organic experience between space and time through painting and photography.
Dasha Pears is an award-winning artist and is currently based in Helsinki, Finland. Her uncanny laconic art pieces are focused on self-discovery and our inner worlds. Aesthetically clean and pleasing artworks are like doors to a surreal universe where any psychological state becomes beautiful. Dasha uses the instruments of surrealism, minimalism, colour, photography, and digital manipulation to tell surprising visual stories with a twist. In her photographs, she speaks about the deepest psychological matters, bringing things that are usually considered unpretty to light, making them shine with different colours and aesthetically appealing. This way Dasha's art gives viewers a chance to be at peace with themselves, providing an almost physically soothing effect on the human psyche.
Born in Paris, Isabelle Pelletane lives and works in Poitiers. She studied Psychology before launching herself into the art world as a self-taught artist. Largely using an abstract style, she works with dynamic, spontaneous, and expressive brushstrokes. Her works are characterised by a bright palette and splashes of colour.
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