Top five 2024 painters bring a new wave of talent in this ever-evolving world of painting and art, as experts say. Artnet News questioned eight professionals in the art industry on their opinion. These include curators, directors, collectors. The main thing was explaining who they believe has the potential to be in the cohort of 2024, or who are about to achieve breakout achievement.
Rouy and Koop Among Top Five Painters in 2024
British artist George Rouy is one of the most notable artists for 2024, especially after his amazing display “Body Suit” at Hannah Barry Gallery in Peckham this summer. His abstracted depiction of the human body is eerily beautiful and utterly mesmerising. Also, he covers the body in a visceral, instantaneous, energetic process. Be sure to catch his joint performance-installation with choreographer Sharon Eyal in December 2024 at the ICA London.
Based in Kent and London, Rouy is going to participate in the group show “Present Tense”. This show will take place at Hauser & Wirth Somerset from January through April 2024. Major collections already include his work, such as the Fondation Cartier in Paris and the ICA in Miami. This is the top artist for Neil Wenman, Global Creative Director & Partner, Hauser & Wirth.
For Selvi May Akyildiz, director, No. 9 Cork Street, the top artist is Wanda Koop. “Meeting Wanda and hosting her debut U.K. solo exhibition ‘Eclipse’ was a real highlight of our program at Frieze No.9 Cork Street this year. The exhibition, presented by Night Gallery in October, brought together a new body of luminous paintings encompassing her signature motifs and dreamlike landscapes”, she said.
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For Joe Scotland, director of Studio Voltaire that is Beryl Cook. “Beryl Cook (1926–2008) was a painter renowned for her exuberant style and descriptions of everyday life. As one of the UK’s most popular artists, Cook might not be an obvious choice for a breakout artist. Her most enduring images are of larger-than-life women carousing in nightclubs, eating in cafés, or enjoying ribald hen parties which are completely full of pleasure”, he said.
Isabella Icoz, Partner, Lehmann, Maupin said Freya Douglas-Morris is her top artist. “When I first encountered Freya’s work, I was immediately attracted to it. Her lush and inspiring landscapes magically transport me to other worlds—whether an imaginary seascape off the coast of Africa or a snowy mountain in the Swiss Alps. Freya represents a new generation of female painters shaping the canon, and I look forward to seeing her evolve as an artist”.
For Oliver Miro, Vortic, a promising artist is Adelisa Selimbašić. This year it was a pleasure to explore the different galleries in the Vortic x Untitled virtual space. One particular artist who captured my attention was Adelisa Selimbašić, whose artwork was exhibited by Friedman Gallery. Her exploration of the way the body is perceived sparked my curiosity and her paintings were beautiful and intriguing. She is definitely an artist whose work I will look forward to seeing again”.