Top Five Painters To Watch in 2024

Top Five 2024 Painters Bring a New Wave of Talent in This Ever-Evolving World of Painting and Art, as Experts Say.

Dec 30, 2023By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
Top Five Painters
George Rouy Sequences, (2023). Courtesy of the artist and Hannah Barry Gallery, London. © Hannah Barry Gallery. Photography by Deniz Guzel.


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

Top Five Painters
George Rouy, Ghost and Shadows (2022). Image courtesy the artist and Hannah Barry Gallery. Photography by Damian Griffiths.


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.


Top Five Painters
Wanda Koop, Eclipse, (2023). Courtesy Night Gallery.


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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Beryl Cook
A Sotheby’s employee poses for photographs next to The war cry by Beryl Cook. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Sotheby’s


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”.


Adelisa Selimbašić
Adelisa Selimbašić Porcelain (2023). Courtesy of the Artist and Fridman Gallery


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”.


















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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.