Painting is enjoying a remarkable creative renaissance in the 21st century. Many of the world’s leading artists now work in this most enduring and seductive of media. 100 Painters of Tomorrow is the result of a major new project to find the 100 most exciting, up-and-coming painters at work today.

Their work spans an extraordinary range of styles and techniques, from abstraction to figuration, minimalism to magical realism, and straight oil-on-canvas to mixed-media and installation-based painting. The 100 chosen artists, selected from more than 4,300 entrants, come from over 37 countries.Entries were judged by an international panel featuring some of the most prominent names in contemporary art, including the painter Cecily Brown, curators Tony Godfrey, Yuko Hasegawa and Gregor Muir, and writer-critics Suzanne Hudson, Barry Schwabsky and Philip Tinari.

 

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David Brian Smith, 'I'm in a Dancing Mood', 2012

Growing up in the English countryside during what he recalls as a period of 'rural decline', British painter David Brian Smith (b. 1981) became concerned with issues of rural heritage, abandoned tradition, and the loss of agriculture.
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Oliver Osborne, 'Rubber Plant (Bar)', 2013

Oliver Osborne's works often juxtapose meticulously rendered realism with ostensibly displaced cartoon drawings, at times selecting one or the other in their entirety, in the manner of forming a type of painterly statement regarding the role of images within society.
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Gorka Mohamed’s paintings exhibit a noticeable tension between tradition and deviation. They are at once political commentaries and art historical mockeries. Mohamed’s paintings feature a recurring cast of militia-types, foolish dandies, and perverted aristocrats, all playing the part of the theatrical outsider. His handling is equal parts Velasquez and Ren & Stimpy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Food, sleep, sex - some of our most fundamental human needs and desires. Though the gloss of civilization has tempered our animalistic urges, they still lie within us undamaged. In the work of Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Akira Ikezoe (b. 1979), the questionable authority of civilization is constantly challenged; War at the Zoo, or The Olympics seem to glorify the decadence of society, violence, and the carnal urges of humanity. ... See MoreSee Less

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