From South Africa to South Carolina, These 5 Artnet Gallery Artists Caught Our Attention This Month
These 5 artists have recently caught—and kept—our attention.
At the Artnet Gallery Network, we are always discovering new artists to follow, and frequently what catches our eye are artworks that push beyond the traditional confines of their medium or deliver something unexpected. And with updates happening every day, you too can explore international galleries and find something unique from the comfort of home.
Below, we’ve brought together five artists—hailing from South Africa to South Carolina—featured by galleries on the Artnet Gallery Network that have recently captured our attention. And be sure to keep an eye out for our roundup next month, as there is always something new to discover.
Samuel Richardson at TW Fine Art
Based in Richmond, Virginia, artist Samuel Richardson (b. 1998) is primarily known for his painting practice, but also works across drawing, sculpture, and more recently interior design. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (2020), Richardson captures liminal spaces and imaginary worlds in his work, mining contemporary iconography to synthesize ideas around lived experiences in an increasingly digitized cultural landscape. Simultaneously cacophonous and sparse, his paintings offer windows into psychologically charged spaces that invite pause and reflection.
Stephen James Harlan at Casanova Venetian Glass and Art
Originally from Minnesota and currently based in South Carolina, digital artist Stephen James Harlan crafts chromatic images that focus on the effect of light and dark, using these contrasts in his compositions to draw the viewer’s eye in. Most well-known for his nautically themed images—the artist frequently cites the shoreline and ocean as primary sources of inspiration—he uses easily recognizable elements such as boats and casts them in an otherworldly light. Harlan’s practice on the whole suggests an ongoing exploration of imaginary worlds.
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann at Morton Fine Art
Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann received her BFA from Brown University in 2005, and the following year received a Fulbright Grant to Taiwan. In 2009, she graduated with her M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and has since been the subject of over two dozen solo exhibitions across the United States and Europe. Working in a distinctive and malleable abstract style, the artist takes inspiration from traditional landscape painting as well as elements of ecological and geological cycles, resulting in decidedly tactile and dimensional compositions.
Turiya Magadlela at Kates-Ferri Projects
South African artist Turiya Magadlela (b. 1978) employs techniques usually qualified as crafts such as sewing, embroidery, and textiles—modes historically linked with women—on symbol-laden supports like service uniforms or pantyhose to create conceptual abstractions. Taking inspiration from both her own experiences of womanhood and motherhood, as well as the social and cultural history of Black South Africans, Magadlela’s practice captures and forwards conversations around capitalism and colonization. Her work has garnered both national and international acclaim, and she was awarded the FNB Art Prize in 2015, and shortlisted for the 2017 Jean-François Prat Prize.
Amalia Angulo at Stellarhighway
Amalia Angulo (b. 1980) was born in Cuba, and currently lives and works in Hudson, New York. Inspired by body horror movies and dystopian novels, Angulo’s brightly colored compositions and bold figuration evoke a sense of the uncanny and incongruous dichotomies. Frequently featuring a central figure with a too-big smile, her work invites viewers to consider what lies beneath. She is currently the subject of a solo show with Stellarhighway in New York, “Hunter,” on view through November 5, 2023, which features nine new paintings that explore notions of domesticity, femininity, and civility.
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