The year 2024 seems to be filled with innovations in many aspects. We can expect to witness various exhibitions and artists throughout the year. The level of advancement in digital art, as always, remains a major topic of discussion. Imagining further developments after the examples we saw in 2023 is challenging. Of course, there will continue to be fantastic advancements in traditional art and photography as well. Experts in the art field have researched artists who could make a breakthrough this year. Here are some talented artists that art enthusiasts can follow.
1. Emilija Škarnulytė
Lithuanian artist and filmmaker Emilija Škarnulytė, known for her immersive installations and films, explores deep time, mythology, and ecology. Her work, blending documentary and imaginary elements, delves into Cold War remnants, underwater archaeological sites, and the Amazon River tributaries. Exhibited internationally, Škarnulytė’s upcoming films will be featured in major exhibitions in New York and Norway, focusing on future archaeology, nature exploitation, and humanity’s precarious position.
2. George Rouy
U.K. artist George Rouy gained recognition with his mesmerizing ‘Body Suit’ show at Hannah Barry Gallery. His abstract depictions of the human form, both haunting and captivating, capture the body in a dynamic sequence. Keep an eye out for his collaboration with choreographer Sharon Eyal at the ICA London in December 2024.
WangShui’s diverse body of work spans film, installation, sculpture, and painting. Notably, their recent paintings, using thin oils on aluminum panels to reveal abrasions, merge nature and technology, human and machine. With resonance in the current discourse on artificial intelligence, Wang Shui’s art reflects the intersection of these themes.
4. Adelisa Selimbašić
5. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
A leading voice in contemporary art, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s work critically examines the empowerment of black and trans communities. Using video games and interactive installations, her art skillfully engages audiences, offering a unique blend of disturbance, playfulness, and surprise. Watch for her continued impact in the coming year.
6. Beryl Cook
The late Beryl Cook, renowned for her exuberant style and depictions of everyday life, will be reevaluated in a two-person exhibition at Studio Voltaire. This exhibition, alongside Tom of Finland, provides a critical opportunity to reconsider Cook’s practice, especially in relation to gender, sexuality, taste, and class.
7. Ken Nwadiogbu
Visionary artist Ken Nwadiogbu, an RCA master’s graduate, anticipates an extraordinary year. Collaborating with GANT for a limited edition jacket and playing a significant role in Netflix’s ‘Top Boy’ exhibition, Ken’s journey goes beyond conventions. His upcoming special projects, including installations, are set to redefine the boundaries of contemporary art, contributing to his legacy as an artist pushing artistic norms.