10 Emerging Artists You Need To Know Now

As star lineups go, it’s pretty hard to beat this one. From a painter with a royal patron to a photographer who works with the new King of Pop, these are the names that represent the “what’s next” in the art community. (Add them to your collection now, brag about discovering them later.)

Julie Combal
The Brooklyn-based Combal is an award winning artist for her oil on canvas abstractions that deal with the relationship between civilization and the natural world, a theme she’s currently further exploring via an examination of water pollution in New York and Mexico. With an approach to her craft that’s humorously self-aware, despite the sometimes-weighty subject matter, Combal’s work has seen gallery shows in Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo.

Diana Delgado
Intensely layered, visually dense, and driven by color, Delgado’s gestural abstractions of architecture, animals, figurative elements always incorporate a certain playful irreverence. But she stops short of full-bore irony, instead favoring a rough simplicity for the increasingly abstract paintings, found everywhere from the Saatchi Online booth at SCOPE NY to a private, Park City, Utah residence designed by Philip Gorrivan and One Kings Lane co-founder Alison Pincus.

Matthew Satz
When you’re receiving commissions from both New York’s Sloan-Kettering hospital and Monaco’s Prince Albert you know you’re doing something right. And Satz certainly is, whether he’s challenging the concept of the museum as art institution (as he did during a 2004 Parrish Art Museum exhibit) or exploring the boundaries of painting’s history in his daily work, the young painter is always process focused and aesthetically refined.

Avery McCarthy
McCarthy’s approach to multi-media art is akin to that of the historic explorer investigating strange lands: a thoughtful examination of the world around him, both the physically apparent and psychically hidden. After embracing sculpture, photography, video, and internet-based mediums (to name just a few), his work has been turning heads since he graduated from the School of Visual Arts and he recently appeared in the McNeil Art Group’s “Mad About Art + Design” show in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. His output, in his own words is, “a consistent and strong reminder of the large undercurrents at work underneath our everyday world.”

Stephan Fowlkes
Reviewed by the Village Voice and the Daily News, traveling to China as a representative of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Young Leaders Forum, and auctioning his first piece at Sotheby’s to musician Dave Matthews, Fowlkes already has plenty to be proud of. And there’s certainly a lot more to come: When not working with reclaimed wood from his Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood he’s curating a local artist collective and editing an online arts magazine.

Jade Doskow
Her home base in Brooklyn affords photographer Jade Doskow the ideal vantage point from which to observe the ever-changing existence of architecture and urban sites in New York City, a frequent theme in her work. Shooting in a 4x5 large format, and exhibiting the images as large-scale digital C-prints, Doskow has exhibited at the Pulse Art Fair, received New York University’s Herbert C. Rubin award for visual arts, and is a photography blogger for the Huffington Post. When not documenting the Lower East Side’s landmark punk club, ABC No Rio (prior to its demolition), she’s teaching at the School of Visual Arts and the City University of New York (and serving on the @60” curatorial board).

Jim Sperber
As long as he can remember, Jim Sperber wanted to be an inventor and builder. Which is probably why his approach references everything from the act of precise construction (employing a meticulous drip paint technique over such industrial materials as plywood and galvanized steel wire) to the Puritan work ethic required to consistently apply it. From his studio on lower Broadway in Manhattan, Sperber has shown at such institutions as the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Gen Art, lending credence to an artistic pursuit his wife once thought “crazy.” 

Philippe Lamesch
Harvard Medical School, and a degree in Molecular Biology, seem like a path to the lab, not the studio—but Lamesch’s family of Luxembourg scientists were also art collectors, an influence that led him to another Boston institution, the Museum of Fine Arts. Now his copper-etched prints, full of organic and mechanical shapes (and those that fall somewhere in between), are found in Luxembourg galleries and its National Library, along with stateside collections too.

Rotem Reshef
Israeli artist Rotem Reshef employs large-scale canvases to explore a world that is constantly in flux, whether through the physical act of drying paint (and the variable aesthetic outcomes this action brings), the psychic act of creation (and the new techniques she discovers through it), or via the viewer’s own emotional voyage. Working in pure abstraction, which sometimes veers into semi-figuration and landscape indications, Reshef brings a hint of the cosmic and the molecular to her pieces, while always remaining firmly intuitive—never overly intellectual. The unique approach has been awarded with exhibitions and prizes in New York, Israel, and Italy.

Nora Mulheren
Nora Mulheren’s work has shared gallery space with Marilyn Minter’s, been exhibited at the historic Great House at Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills, and now she’s creating a painted handbag for Germany luxury house MCM. Like Warhol before her, this confluence of art and commerce is part of a body of work where repetition and reproduction function to comment and play upon our mass media dominated environment (and its skewed notions of ideal beauty). Says Mulheren of her rising profile, “I never imagined I would come this far in my career, and it’s only the beginning.”