DegreeArt exhibition: Artists of the Future
The digital age has had a profound effect on the contemporary art world. For the artists, this includes being able to source information, imagery and inspiration from vast repositories; it allows them to work with different and new materials; it’s reflected in the way they produce their work and what the finished piece might look like; and it provides a platform for them to share their work on a global scale. Even the painter who uses traditional brushes and oils is required to have a sophisticated and in-depth knowledge of a range of digital and technological tools in order to operate successfully in the 21st century.
And, why should we invest in these artists who are so affected by the digital age? Because their work is at the cutting edge, it’s exciting, they use interesting techniques and aren’t constrained by traditional artistic boundaries. If the work is ‘easier’ to produce because of technological progress then they have more time to plan, prepare, edit and alter - so making the work the best it can be.
Of course, the best reason to invest in any artwork is because you like it: the style catches your eye, the colours appeal, the content strikes a chord with you. Looking at the work by these talented artists that DegreeArt has identified as its Rising Stars for 2017, I can see numerous pieces that I would happily home. Great selection Isobel and Elinor.
Information panel and booklet for the exhibition Artists of the Future