Today, “youth” is a highly subjective topic. Obviously we can all be “young at heart,” but for our purposes of presenting a new generation of painters, young means under-40.
Curated by Arrested Motion, this list suggests the breadth of contemporary painting and introduces artists who are making a proper mark on the current art scene. These are artists who bring a myriad of visual culture influences to their fine art practice. Some honed their skills on the street, others by dreaming up comic book covers. A few are already immediately recognizable, and all are well on their way to becoming household names.
Making millions in Facebook stock turned Choe into a household name. However, his multitude of skills is what brought him to Zuckerberg’s attention in the first place. Choe is an imaginative street artist—his works are equal parts beautiful and repulsive—with a distinct aesthetic and a personality to match. Needless to say, his back story is pretty intriguing too.
These Brazilian twins brought traditional pixação art to the global mainstream, with a hip-hop twist. Murals all over the world solidified their stature among the most recognizable street artists around. They’ve shown in museums in both the United States and South America.
Dallas-born Crow is an ambitious artist known for her large-scale history paintings. Big, bold, and fun are three easy words to describe her work. In the past, she’s toyed with the legacy of the Downtown art scene and the allure of the American motorcycle. Mixing styles and presenting fresh American visions, Crow has carved out a solid niche.
A self-trained illustrator, Yoskay Yamamoto fuses elements of urban culture from his current home, California, with traditional Japanese themes. The mix has a nostalgic twist, and is all about balancing past (i.e. personal heritage) and the present.
Brendan Monroe likes science. From this base (and his home in Oakland), he interprets the world through painting and sculpture. He holds a B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California, and has shown across Europe and the United States.
Other Painters are : Aya Takano, Jose Parla, James Jean, Tauba Auerbach, Antony Micallef, Kaws, Masakatsu Sashie, Adam Neate, Brett Amory, Martin Wittfooth, Roa, MARS-1 (Mario Martinez), Greg Simkins, Tony Curanaj, Jeff Soto