8 Emerging Australian Artists Whose Work You Can Still Pick Up for Less Than $1000
When it comes to buying a piece of art, there are a few things to consider. First and foremost should always be your gut feel: Do you love looking at it? Do you feel some kind of affinity to the work or the artist? Will it have a place in your space for years to come? But of course, money is typically an object, and there are few things more disappointing when decorating than seeing something you love only to find out its way out of your price range.
So, how do you ensure you fall in love with something you can actually afford? Keep an eye on local and emerging artists who are creating work that have investment potential and will make a beautiful addition to your space for now and well into the future. Here are eight to get on board with.
8 of the Best New Emerging Australian Artists
1. Ondine Seabrook
A graduate of the prestigious National Art School, Seabrook is making a name for herself in the local art scene and beyond. You can still pick up a few of her previous works (some even under $1000), but be quick because that likely won’t be the case when her show ‘Private Guests Only’ opens in April.
2. Jody Rosen
Jody Rosen's body of work spans across abstracts and landscapes, with works available on paper, canvas, and linen. Her primary medium is painting and her small-scale works start at $500; ideal for starting your art collection, building out a gallery wall, or adding to an ever-growing collection.
Follow Jody Rosen on Instagram @jodyrosen.
3. Clare Dubina
Dubina is a painter, sculptor, and photographer based in Melbourne, who says she’s largely inspired by the female form for her shapely works. It’s not hard to fall in love with the combination of rich earth tones and delicate hues in her paintings, or her striking sculptures, which would sit pretty in any home.
4. Lucinda Jones
Depicting leisurely beachgoers and other high summer scenes, Lucinda’s works are ideal for a life spent by a body of water (whether that’s your real or dream, situation). You can still pick up many of her original pieces for under $1000, and she also does prints to make acquiring one of her works even more affordable.
5. Nick Ferguson
Having been born in Kenya but relocating to Newcastle at a young age, Ferguson has won several local art awards - an impressive feat for a self-taught artist. His recent work has centered around Australian swimming holes, highlighting both the natural elements of those places, and the human encounters that take place there. If you’re in Sydney, you can check out his current exhibition The Flicker at Botany’s Art Atrium until March 6.
Follow Nick on Instagram @nickjferguson.
6. Mia Boe
Brisbane-born artist Mia Boe’s work has appeared in her home city’s Institute of Modern Art and the Museum of Brisbane, where she recently completed a residency. Exploring (among other things) the experiences and struggles unique to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, Mia says her work aims to “record and recover Indigenous histories which Australia seeks to deny.”
7. Bridgette McNab
A twice-finalist in the Archibald Prize - most recently for her 2019 portrait of fashion designer Karla Špetić - Melbourne-based McNab’s work is instantly recognizable for its hyper realistic figures painted with acute attention to detail and expression. Her vibrant use of color and cinematic scenes would make for a talking point in any living room - and a worthy investment.
8. Giorgia Bel
Self-taught artist Giorgia Bel has spoken about using painting to help her cope with chronic health issues and anxiety, and seeking solace in nature. As such, her works are often calming depictions of the Australian bush, native florals, and domestic scenes, such as fruit and vases.
Her work is available through various galleries and stores, so best to check her out on Instagram to eye her work. Follow her on Instagram @giorgiabelartist.