Updated: Jun 28
The world of contemporary art is highly subjective, painters may paint from the heart but it's seldomly well received by the world itself. But does it need to be well received? Probably not. The 3 artists that we will introduce in this article have all received significant praise for their artworks and they have been featured in numerous exhibitions and sold paintings for thousands of dollars (even in the 6 figures).
Heidi Hahn (Hahn) is an American artist based in New York who graduated from Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA). Hahn's oil paintings often include female figures in symbolic scenes that appear to be melting amidst a palette of vibrant colours. In addition, her paintings have been said to express an "atmospheric" feeling that is rooted in biographical moments. If you're wondering what all that looks like, you can see for yourself below:
Burn Out in Shredded Heaven 2
Chloe Wise (Wise) is a Canadian artist based in New York who graduated from Concordia University with a degree in fine arts and art history. Wise creates paintings as well as videos and sculptures that function as a societal critique and/or self-deprecating humour. A typical painting from Wise would feature sex and consumption as the main themes along with the framing and commodification of the female body. More on this below:
To Be Sunkissed Goodnight
Tschabalala Self (Self) is an American artist based in Connecticut who also graduated from Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in painting and print making. Self utilizes mixed media to create her artworks which typically end up on a canvas with a painting sort of feel. Her layered portraits feature black (African American) female bodies alongside patterned planes and bright colour blocks. Self seeks to explore cultural perceptions and depictions of black females in life. Take a look below and see for yourself...
Now we leave it up to you, the reader, to decide if these artworks are worth the praise that they have been receiving around the world. We'll leave you with just one question for you to wrestle with, "which artists have sold single works of art for more than $100,000?"