Although I haven’t yet found one whose work I would ever consider buying, I like to keep up with at least knowing who the most influential contemporary artists are. I don’t profess to know anything about art but I know what I like, and am a massive fan of Van Gogh and other Post Impressionists and a couple of the Impressionists too. I don’t really “get” contemporary art but I like to see how it changes as time moves on. Here are 7 contemporary artists whose names and works you should be aware of if you want to stay in touch with the art world today.
Let’s kick off with Bristol born Banksy. This elusive man is probably the most talked about in the current crop of contemporary artists. There is a mystique about him because no one knows his real name. Banksy started out as a graffiti artist in Bristol and there are still many examples of his works on the walls and buildings of the city. As his fame grew, his works started to appear all over the world. Some works have been purloined from their original locations, while he also now accepts commissions and shows his work in galleries and exhibitions. Maybe one day, we’ll learn his name.