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These Are The Artists We’re Following On Instagram In 2019

Words by Jen Nurick

Courtesy of clever algorithms and even cleverer advertising, a scroll through one’s Instagram can become as predictable as it is fun to peruse, making it feel like the world in the palm of our hands is ironically getting smaller. In lieu of deep diving through hashtags from Art Basel to Abstraction yourself, we’ve curated the best artists the art world has to offer to watch in 2019.

@hannahnowlan

Immersed in a culture of sun and surf covering Victoria’s coastline, Australian-based artist Hannah Nowlan’s practice is preoccupied with the country’s natural landscapes. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Nowlan’s canvases feature colourful forms in abstract geometries that occasionally coalesce and at other times sit side by side in a palette of scorched reds, ocean blues and nude pinks.

@camilleormandy

Only nineteen years young, portraiture artist Camille Olsen-Ormandy is the wonderchild of Dinosaur Designs founders Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen and grandchild of artists John Olsen and Valerie Strong Olsen. Forging her own path, Ormandy strikes a challenging balance between conventional practice and modern technology, sharing her work via Instagram. There, you’ll find a bright feed lined with fashionable male and female subjects sporting the latest sartorial wares from Supreme beanies to Gucci glasses.

@sarahdelaneyart

Based in Vancouver, abstract painter Sarah Delaney’s practice picks up where the action paintings of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning left off. For Delaney, the canvas is conversational, motivating her highly expressive and emotive style. Unafraid of colour, her works are energetic and moody, leaving a universal impression on any audience of an approach that is simultaneously frenetic and meticulous.

@andy.dxn

Ever elusive, Vancouver-born Andy Dixon’s Instagram bio reads nothing but a location: Los Angeles. His geography is a helpful anchor though—a clue that is neatly paralleled in his aesthetic: bright, warm, colour-soaked fantasies reflect an always sunny Californian environment. Each work is packed to the brim—the composition is carefully organised, with colour schemes that are as playful as they are painstakingly considered. Not for the faint of heart, a piece by Dixon is a bold conversation starter that deserves to be in fun company—our Rosewater or Drift sets are the first to come to mind.

@space.ram

A designer for Nickelodeon that works out of Manhattan, Ramzy Masri’s artworks can only be described as playfulness par excellence. Masri’s love of photography combines with technicolour in rainbow-splattered renditions of objects and landscapes from cacti to the famous Flat Iron building in New York City.

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Love thy neighbor 💜👬 It’s a simple statement but it feels so relevant in these divided times. • Partisan has become an accusation of hostility instead of an expression of one’s worldview and values. Thoughtful discussion and mutual respect feel nostalgic — from an era when our culture encouraged freedom of speech and debate because it is through disagreement and compromise that we become stronger. • Reach out to those who are different from you. With so many people broadcasting their opinion there are so few who are willing to listen. • Whatever you believe we are all one family. Being a part of the queer community has taught me that race, creed and class don’t matter, we are stronger because of our differences and the mutual love and respect we have for each other as brothers and sisters. • Love always wins and love is a daily practice. Tomorrow is a new chance to reach out to your neighbor and practice love. I believe that together we can find the way forward. 💙

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@sarah_kelk

Consider New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based Sarah Kelk one of our new favourite artists to watch in 2019. Kelk specialises in abstract, loose colour blocking, gravitating towards a palette of pastel blues, baby pinks and mustard yellows. A Kelk original works well in any setting, highlighting colourful accents or singlehandedly injecting light into a room.

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Apologies for the radio silence around here. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of house and studio moving amongst the general craziness of life. Anyone else feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything at the moment? I promise I’m busy working away on new pieces after setting up my new studio, so watch this space …. . . This painting titled ‘Someday’ is an old piece I painted after finding two abandoned canvases in hard rubbish. It was these two canvases that prompted me to return to painting after having kids and because of this, they kind of became sentimental pieces for me. My amazing sister has the other piece (titled ‘One Day’)and we both have these pieces hanging in our bedrooms. Xx

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@frances_glory_costelloe

In matters of art, one can’t go wrong with minimalism. Enter Frances Costelloe: the London-based artist that channelled her career in fashion and interior know-how to immerse in drawing and ceramics full-time. Female nudes and face drawings adorn Costelloe’s feed—no doubt making perfect bedside accoutrements for the avid art collector in real life. An artwork by Costelloe would pair synchronously with any of our styles, but we’d reach first for the Olive set—together they would make the perfect couple.

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For more from Jen Nurick, follow her on Instagram @jennurick and read her work at JENNURICK.com.