From Zero to Hero: Meet 7 Artists With Serious Spikes in Artnet Price Database Searches This Year

Meet the young artists defying the downturn.

Vojtěch Kovařík, Laocoon (2020). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

This article is part of the Artnet Intelligence Report Mid-Year Review 2023. Marking five years of our biannual Intelligence Reports, this inaugural half-year edition paints a data-driven picture of today’s art world, from the latest market results to the artists and artworks leading the conversation. Read the full report here.


These mostly ultra-contemporary artists are making a big splash on the world stage. Although the global economy may be faltering, these artists’ work is only heating up. Below, see the top-selling works at auction by each of these rapidly-rising stars in the art market, all of whom set auction records in the last two years.

Daisy Dodd-Noble (b. 1989)

Daisy Dodd-Noble, <i>Purple Forest</i> (ca. 2021). Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Daisy Dodd-Noble, Purple Forest (ca. 2021). Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Auction Record: Purple Forest (ca. 2021)

Estimate: £10,000 to £15,000 ($12,615 to $18,922)

Sold For: £69,300 ($87,422)

Where & When: Christie’s London, June 29, 2023


Duncan McCormick (b. 1977)

Duncan McCormick, <i>Trevor's Dream</i> (2022). Courtesy of Phillips.

Duncan McCormick, Trevor’s Dream (2022). Courtesy of Phillips.

Auction Record: Trevor’s Dream (2022)

Estimate: £10,000 to £15,000 ($12,708 to $19,062)

Sold For: £177,800 ($225,949)

Where & When: Phillips London, June 30, 2023


Guglielmo Castelli (b. 1987)

Guglielmo Castelli, <i>Drunken Incantations</i> (2020). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Guglielmo Castelli, Drunken Incantations (2020). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Auction Record: Drunken Incantations (2020)

Estimate: £30,000 to £40,000 ($36,105 to $48,140)

Sold For: £203,200 ($244,554)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, March 1, 2023


Emma Webster (b. 1989)

Emma Webster, <i>Primavera</i> (2019). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Emma Webster, Primavera (2019). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Auction Record: Primavera (2019)

Estimate: £40,000 to £60,000 ($48,140 to $72,210)

Sold For: £406,400 ($489,108)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, March 1, 2023


Vojtěch Kovařík (b. 1993)

Vojtěch Kovařík, <i>Aphrodite</i> (2020). Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Vojtěch Kovařík, Aphrodite (2020). Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Auction Record: Aphrodite (2020)

Estimate: $80,000 to $120,000

Sold For: $378,000

Where & When: Christie’s New York, May 15, 2023


Julien Nguyen (b. 1990)

Julien Nguyen, <i>Kye, Semper Solus</i> (2017). Courtesy of Sotheby's.

Julien Nguyen, Kye, Semper Solus (2017). Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Auction Record: Kye, Semper Solus (2017)

Estimate: £40,000 to  £60,000 ($44,843 to $67,264)

Sold For:  £453,600 ($508,520)

Where & When: Sotheby’s London, October 14, 2022


Anna Park (b. 1996)

Anna Park, <I>Is it Worth It?</I> (2020). Courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd.

Anna Park, Is it Worth It? (2020). Courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd.

Auction Record: Is it Worth It? (2020)

Estimate: HK$300,000 to HK$500,000 ($38,436 to $64,061)

Sold For: HK$3.78 million ($484,304)

Where & When: Christie’s Hong Kong, November 30, 2022


See how each artist’s search record stacks up in the chart, below:

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