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Buying emerging art is the equivalent of investing in frontier market equities. Rather than buying the global names that appear in the big auctions of the best galleries, you invest in the artistic equivalent of Mongolia or Cambodia: the young artists coming out of MA programmes.
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If you are interested in investing in art then acquiring work by emerging artists is the best place to start. Following the huge success of Part I of our Invest in Art series, our Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson has chosen 12 new emerging artists of great promise from around the world.
John Franzen was born in 1981 in Aachen, Germany. He has a BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Netherlands. Working in various disciplines and materials, he focuses on the translation of complex concepts and structures often inspired by his observations of the natural world. Franzen has been exhibiting widely in Europe since he graduated with 5 shows already under his belt this year. See him in action in this video, creating a new commission for a collector.
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Works by emerging artists such as these have the potential for increasing in value and leading to future gains, and they are also much more affordable than bigger name artists and much easier to access.
Peter Doig made his famous painting, White Canoe (1990-1), while he was a student at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. The work was acquired by the Saatchi Gallery and sold many years later in 2007 at Sotheby's for £5.7 million.
Buying art as an investment might not be important to you and you may never wish to sell the works you buy. But even so, it's an exciting thought to imagine that the work you are buying could be by a future art star - even the next Peter Doig - and that you got there first.
Lou Ros is a young French artist who has had exhibitions in Paris, London, Dubai, Moscow, Brussels, and Milan, and has sold work to collectors all over the world. Lou has already had 6 shows this year, and in 2012 took part in 12 exhibitions, many of them selling out. This video interview with Lou was made by the French magazine Boum! Bang!
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Hossam Dirar was born in Cairo, a city whose rich heritage has been a huge inspiration. He is a graduate of Helwan University where he received the highest marks of his year for his graduation project. Through his artworks he tries to bring to life the beauty of traditional images in a 21st-century way, combining fragmented images of women with ancient calligraphy and an exquisite sense of colour and form.
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Marta Zamarska is an emerging Polish artist and the runner-up of our Back to Nature Showdown with her painting that judge Ged Quinn described as “Monet meets Edward Hopper”. In 2008 she graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Her works are in numerous private collections in Poland, Germany, Italy and the US.
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Vivien Zhang was born in Beijing in 1990. She has a First Class degree in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and is currently studying for an MA at the Royal College of Art, London. She has been exhibiting her work widely (7 shows so far this year) and is currently on a residency at the prestigious Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
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Zena Holloway combines the highly technical aspects of underwater photography with extraordinary magical imagery. It’s no surprise that she has won many international awards for her work which appears regularly in publications such as the Financial Times, GQ, Observer Magazine, 125, Tatler and Dazed & Confused. Her clients include Fabergé, Kylie Minogue, Nike, Umbro, Sony, National Geographic and Jacuzzi.
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Golnaz Afraz was born in Tehran in 1981 and now lives in France. She attended the University of Azad in Tehran for her undergraduate studies in painting. She has also received two Masters of Arts in Fine Art - from the University of Tarbiat Modarres in Tehran and the University of Strasbourg in France. She has participated in several solo and joint exhibitions in Europe and Asia since 2005, including Art Paris at the Grand Palais in Paris.
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Benjamin Garcia was born in 1986 in the city of Caracas, Venezuela. He studied design and illustration at the Instituto de diseño de Caracas, graduating in 2010, and has participated in various group exhibitions. Inspired by artists such as Lucian Freud and Jenny Saville, his main focus is in portraiture, which he reinvigorates by layering images to create a dream-like, ethereal quality that is both dark and subtly surreal.
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James Himber, who has an MFA from New York University, features misfits and loners in his paintings which explore the relationship between abstraction and representation. Influenced by Velazquez, Goya and Rembrandt, his works are like episodes from unsettling stories (not surprising for someone who also has a double major in English and Philosophy). His paintings have an emotional and psychological intensity rare in such a young artist.
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Fanny Nushka Moreaux
Fanny Nushka Moreaux was born in 1983 in Lille, France, and lives in Paris and Southern France. She studied political science in Science Po but has always focused on painting. Representation of the body is a recurring subject in her works which are characterised by thick brushstrokes and a timeless quality. She has had several solo shows in 2012 and 2013 and is already booked to have solos shows in Dubai and France in 2014. Enjoy this video of one of Nushka's recent openings.
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Jiyen Lee has an MFA from Goldsmiths, the University of London. In 2012 she was chosen as a Finalist of the Asia Sovereign Art Prize which “strives to recognise the most innovative and influential artists of our time.” She has had two solo shows in Seoul, Korea, and numerous group shows in Seoul, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and London. Her work was included in the landmark exhibition ‘Korean Eye’ at the Saatchi Gallery, London in 2012.
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Jung S. Kim
Jung S Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. She majored in photography at Chung-Ang University in Korea and attended the ICP in New York. Her work has been exhibited in various international institutions, including Arles Photo Festival in France, Kwangju Biennale, Seoul Metropolitan Museum, and she has had many shows in New York, Paris and Seoul. In 2012 she won an AHL Foundation Visual Arts in 2012 (judges included Thomas Arnold, Director of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York).
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One final note:
There are no guarantees when it comes to buying art and you should always feel happy with what you’re buying as it may be on your walls for a pleasurably long time. But if you are interested in the investment side of buying art then acquiring works by emerging artists is a great way to begin. We hope you enjoy our selection.