Five young artists to look out for

Published 14 May 2014

From a Scottish figurative painter to a former member of Coolio's entourage, we choose five of the most exciting emerging artists.

1. Neil Raitt

Leicester-born, RCA-trained painter Neil Raitt experiments with repetition and perspective. Drawing from nature, he often employs alpine mountain and tree motifs to produce hypnotic canvases that confuse and trick the eye. This year he has been shortlisted for the Catlin Art Prize and will be featured in the Saatchi Gallery’s Iconoclasts exhibition.

2. James Richards

Turner Prize 2014 nominee James Richards was selected for his black-and-white video Rosebud, which was first shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The 13-minute work features found footage from the Tokyo library, including censored erotic images by Robert Mapplethorpe and Wolfgang Tillmans. Richards graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006.

3. Tameka Norris

Tameka Norris previously worked in music, including touring with rapper Coolio, before attending Yale School of Art. Her main sources of inspiration derive from the devastation of her hometown New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and larger issues of identity and culture. Film pieces such as Back to Black and Successful-Mercedes Benz subvert established pop culture, while her two-dimensional studies directly depict the city’s destruction. She has recently shown at the Ronchini Gallery in London land was listed as one of 24 Artists to Watch in 2013 by Modern Painters Magazine.

4. Minho Kwon

South Korean artist Minho Kwon was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013 for The Neo Tower of Babel. Originally shown at his MA final year exhibition at the Royal College of Art, the work marries intricate line drawings of classical and medieval architecture with moving-image projections reminiscent of the Industrial Revolution. Kwon says he wanted to provoke questions of civilisation and the quest for God in this contemporary interpretation of the biblical story.

5. Owen Normand

Owen Normand is a Scottish figurative painter. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has recently exhibited in London, Aberdeen and New York. Last year he was awarded the BP Portrait Award Young Artist Prize, for his painting Das Berliner Zimmer, which depicts his girlfriend in their Berlin home. The artist says he chose this pose because: ‘I found that the combination of Hannah's expression and the striking lighting created a sense of intrigue’.

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