7 Breathtaking Artists to Watch in 2014 ...

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Nothing sparks debate and divides opinion quite like art, but whatever your personal preference, there are some individuals that we can agree are artists to watch.

I am far from an art expert;

I have little or no understating of styles and techniques, but there are times when art catches my eye, captures my imagination and evokes a feeling.

And, for those reasons, in my complete novice opinion (!) here are captivating artists to watch.

1. Niki Pilkington

Niki Pilkington

My absolute favourite, and topping the list of contemporary artists to watch is this young illustrator from North Wales.

Now living in New York, Niki maintains her Welsh roots in many of her illustrations by incorporating traditional Welsh sayings and Welsh rhymes into her work (as well as well-known English sayings).

Her illustrations are breathtaking.

The juxtaposition of elegant sketches, neon patterns and 3D components make her drawings unique, and perfect to adorn the walls of any contemporary home or university dorm – and even the eco-friendly canvas tote!

Make sure you check out her Instagram account for sneak peeks!

@nikipilkington

2. Elfyn Lewis

Elfyn Lewis

Next on my list is another Welsh artist whose unusual paintings have won him acclaim.

When awarded the β€œWelsh Artist of the Year” award, he took his adorable son on stage with him before revealing that his boy was in fact the one who chose the winning painting to be submitted.

Despite being abstract, the paintings are named after sentimental locations and interesting nicknames of local people, and in a strange way, the painting reflect their names.

His paintings aim to capture your imagination and guide you to your own interpretation.

My personal favourites are his latest creations where the paint flows off the canvas which adds a magical and mythical element to the paintings.

Despite the amazing colour combinations seen in his work, the most surprising fact about this artist, is that he is in fact colour blind.

Sarah Gayle Key
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