If you’re an avid art lover, collector or seller; you’ve probably aware of Artsy. It’s the largest online marketplace for new and pre-beloved art. Here you can buy, bid or explore the pieces made by iconic or new and emerging artists. Here’s a list of the top 5 artists on Artsy in November 2021.
Etel Adnan’s increase in interest has skyrocketed on Artsy in the last month, with 5x more inquirers in November to October. This is likely attributed to her passing away on the 14th of November 2021. Adnan was 96 at the time and lived a full, meaningful life. Unfortunately for her fans, this means no more original pieces, hence why existing artwork has gone up in value.
Etel was born in Lebanon in 1925, studied philosophy in Paris, and then moved to America in 1955, where she began painting in the 1960s. Like many artists, it was late in life that Adnan’s work caught the attention of the public eye. She first caught widespread recognition with an exhibition at Documenta 13 in Germany. She was 86 at the time.
Adnan uses oil paint and a pallet knife to master her pieces. With bold and radiant colors, it’s incredible how she manages to capture the intense emotion you get from looking at the natural world with such a minimalistic approach. In 1986, Etel released a book Journey to Mount Tamalpais, a meditation on the relationship between nature and art.
L'apocalypse arabe, 2020 by Etel Adnan
Born in Japan and raised in New Jersey, MADSAKI traveled a lot as a kid. According to him, this involved many visits to museums and art galleries, where his interest in all things art sparked. In an interview with Hyperbeast, MADSAKI described perfect art as ‘boring’. You can see this reflected in his playful take on iconic moments, artworks, and people.
Using graffiti as his primary medium, most of his pieces have a signature dripping smiley face which brings a satirical and humorous element to his art. Though many of his more simplistic art pieces have sold between $1-5000 USD, he has recently sold 2 pieces on artsy for $176 000 USD each.
Mona Lisa, 2019 by Etel Adnan
Brasilian artist Fabiano Milani was in Sao Paolo in 1981 and by 2003, at 22 years old he’d already begun winning national awards. He is known for his hyper-realistic paintings which can be barely be distinguished from photographs and somehow look more realistic than real life. Some of his recent work involves honey or syrup dripping down women’s faces, which perfectly encapsulates a frozen moment in time.
Although he is more renowned for his realism pieces, some of his earlier work incorporates more abstract styles such as surrealism and cubism. With such an array of skills and perfectly precise brushwork, Milani is definitely one to watch out for in the art world!
Fruit of Life, 2020 by Fabiano Milani
Eddie Martinez is an American artist based in New York. According to Artsy, his unique style take inspiration from
• action painting- a style of painting in which markings are made from spontaneous movements such as splashes and smears; not so carefully or precisely applied.
• neo-expressionism- an art style that emerged in the late 1970s that portrays people or objects in an unrestrained, intuitive way using vivid colours and rough strokes.
• the CoBrA movement- a European avant-garde moment that began in 1948 that was inspired by the art of children
His chaotic and colourful artwork somehow balances out, transforming imperfect lines and colours into an aesthetic and meaningful piece of art. The value of Gonzalez’s artwork has accelerated this year with some of his pieces selling between $7- 800 000USD.
Park Ave Peace Out, exhibition poster from Salmon Eye, 2015 by Eddie Martinez
Bas is a Detroit-based expressionist artist. He was born in Miami Florida, where he attended the New World School of the Arts and graduated at age 18.
Much of his work has a common theme of adolescence. His subjects are commonly young boys, caught in a moment of content and awkwardness, often exploring the theme of sexuality. You can also find supernatural themes popping up in his pieces, which Bas attributes to growing up in rural Florida in a spooky area where there were often UFO sightings.
Bas pulls inspiration from late-nineteenth-century decadent art and literature as well as ‘Les Nabis’, a group of French artists formed between 1888- 1900 that focused highly on symbolism in art. In November one of his pieces sold for 746000, 326% of its estimated sale price.
“Paintings that I consider to be successful are always on the verge of falling apart. To me, that’s the fun of it—the imminent collapse, and also the challenge”- Hernan Bas