18 Inspiring Artists We're Obsessed With on Instagram
Artists are creating their own success, and not just through the traditional route of commercial galleries and art publications. Self-promotion means building a new type of fan base. And Instagram is full of incredible artists who use the social media site to offer insights into their creative worlds.
Scrolling through the app is a great way to discover artists you haven't heard of, find inspiration, and shop for new pieces for your home. You can easily save items and start forming a moodboard or wishlist for the pieces you love. It's amazing what a piece of art can do to a space in bringing it to life and injecting some personality.
18 Inspiring Artists to Follow on Instagram
1. Alexandria J park: @alexandriapark_
Alexandria’s Instagram gives an insight into her dreamy world, filled with paintings and stylish interiors. Her art delivers everything from surrealist viewpoints of European beach scenes to simple-but-abstract depictions of faces. Everything she created is rendered in soft, muted shades with bright, punchy accents of colour.
2. Mafalda Vasconcelos @mmvce
Mozambique-born, Melbourne-based artist Mafalda Vasconcelos creates colour-drenched portraits that celebrate the feminine spirit. In an exciting collaboration with Bed Threads, Mafalda has created four exclusive artworks to help enliven your home.
3. Claudia Miranda @claudiamiranda____
Sydney-based artist Claudia Miranda's one-line portraits have captured the imaginations of collectors and curators from here to the US and beyond. Her exclusive Bed Threads collection of one-line black and white drawings will become a cherished piece in your home, no matter which room you choose to display it in.
4. Caroline Walls @carolinewallsart
Caroline works across a number of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and print-making, and has garnered widespread acclaim for her minimal, elevated and understated suggestions of the female form. Her work is curvaceous and organic featuring warm, muted tones.
5. Ashleigh Holmes @ashholmesart
Known for her large-scale acrylic paintings, the Northern Beaches based talent has garnered a following thanks to her layered, abstract works that feel at once new and familiar. With layered neutrals, Holmes' work nods to nature, creating a sense of calm into any space they're styled into.
6. Emma Currie @emmacurrie
In her paintings, contemporary artist Emma Currie pays homage to the beauty and strength of the female form. Using vibrant, contrasting colour palettes (think soft creamy apricots and muted blue hues), Emma’s work combines fluid curves with rigid lines to convey the complexities of her forever muse.
7. Rina Freiberg @rinafreiberg
Rina Freiberg’s colourful paintings feature wild expressionist faces and vibrant abstracts that are a translation of emotion and a playful disassembling of human interaction. Bold brushwork, hard lines, and quirky etchings star in both her drawing and painting work.
8. Jody Rosen @jodyrosen
Jody Rosen's style is embedded with personal memory, optimism, and an enduring love of travel. She employs a considered use of mixed media and intuitive painting techniques to create detailed works that predominantly feature images of landscapes. The beauty of jody's artworks lies not only in their meaning, but how seamlessly they will sit in any style of home while also making a lovely statement.
9. Lauren Freestone @freestone_art
Based in Newcastle, Lauren Freestone always considered art as a hobby and a way to connect with her dad - celebrated artist Lee Freestone. She was selling her paintings to friends and family but became more serious about it when a Sydney gallery asked to house some of her works.
"I have always been a creative person," she previously told Bed Threads Journal. "I grew up watching my dad paint and exhibit his work. My grandfather made and sold Yidaki and boomerangs at the markets so I guess it has always been a part of me."
10. Heather Day: @heatherday
Scrolling through Heather’s Instagram akin to swimming through the ocean on a beautiful day. Abstract forms in blues and greens cover her sizeable canvases—everything feels delightful and fresh. Her feed gives unrestricted access to her studio and details her collaborations with companies like Camelbak water bottles, Google, and Airbnb.
11. Nadia Hernández: @nando_nandez
Nadia is a Venezuelan artist, based in Sydney. You may recognise her fun geometric artworks on the Sydney NYE 2018 banners. Her colourful artworks have featured in collaborations with brands like Camp Cove Swim and Corona. She relates a diaspora experience into her works, bringing you closer to her culture.
12. Kit Agar: @kitagar
Kit’s feed is a carefully curated homage to line art. Her Instagram celebrates her processes and beautiful artworks, allowing you to see the "faces" she creates in a completely different light. She often reposts her followers, showcasing how they've repurposed her art to create makeup looks and nail art.
13. Quentin Monge: @mongequentin
Quentin's Instagram is a vision of colour and minimalist, pop art forms. His work depicts beachy holiday vibes and can cheer up any grey day. If his work looks familiar, it's probably because he’s made posters for Courtney Barnett and designed bottles for Grey Goose.
14. Jaimee Paul: @jaimeepaul
Jaimee is an incredible artist who paints realist impressions of animals she loves. Her motivation for paintings comes from her love of the planet, and her aims to save it through activism-artworks. She brings new context to the animals we know, showing them through her eyes.
15. Bobby Clark: @bobbyclark____
No art lover’s Instagram feed is complete without Bobby Clark. A beloved geometric, minimalist artist, her artwork appears in the background for many creatives’ homes. Make sure to watch her process videos, they will amaze you.
16. Cungelella Art @cungelella_art
If you're looking for truly unique and meaningful art, it's worth turning your attention to the work's of Australia's First Nation's people. Sisters Glenda, Jaunita, Dale and Cheryl create contemporary Indigenous Australian art that conveys the stories of their Kalkatungu homelands. Their vibrant artworks draw inspiration from the ancient rock faces, red dirt and spinifex covered hills, colours of the sky, and beautiful old rustic gum trees.
17. Jai Vasicek @jaivasicek
Byron-based Jai has gained a cult following with his highly expressive figures that he delicately paints by hand. He's got an impressive back catalogue as well as limited edition prints in his loose, signature style.
18. Kayleigh Heydon @kayleigh_heydon
If you’re a fan of bold colour combos and unconventional shapes, prepare to devour the work of UK-born, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Kayleigh Heydon. After moving to Australia five years ago, Kayleigh began experimenting with painting, and what was at first a form of creative output soon became her primary practice—and we’re all the better for it.
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