Art should never be elite. Here, art is an inclusive journey and we’re bringing everyone along for the ride.
The New Futures program is part of our continued mission to break down traditional barriers of the contemporary art world by giving prizing to talented, often underrepresented, emerging artists. Each recipient is given free exhibition space at The Other Art Fair along with access to networks and opportunities designed to jump-start their careers.
Recipients are chosen in collaboration with art world experts and local creative partners to bring their respective talents and differing perspectives. In addition, we are delighted to partner with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® for our U.S. Fairs to further amplify the program and provide additional collaboration opportunities.
NEW FUTURES CLASS OF 2022
Louise strives to create work that is clever, imaginative and beautiful, and her new series of candy coloured dream scenes are evidence of that. Step into Louise’s world and enjoy whimsical snapshots of picnics, underwater and poolside scenes, with common motifs such as the watermelon frequent throughout.
Marta Martin Morientes
Marta’s work transports you, to ‘experience a holiday in Spain’. Her colourful paintings, featuring a range of characters Marta saw on the beach of her childhood, will invite you to be part of her world. Marta has always found humour in the mundane and loves exaggerating it with glamorous, almost theatrical, perhaps a little crudge, irony.
Portrait artist Meleya Dunn explores the relationship between race, reality, and all the difficult emotions in between. Meleya is a multimedia artist who paints from her experience growing up to adulthood. Her empowering portrayals of African American culture, expression, and history encourage viewers to find new ways of looking at art and the world around them.
Redefining the definition of contemporary art, Minji Kang-Watrous fuses Korean, artistic traditions learned from her mother to create works that contrast natural beauty with hard lines and tactile textures. Using the technique hanji, hand-pressed paper and organic dye, Minji’s precision with color and multimedia elements reveal unique designs you don’t want to miss.
Samantha Jensen is an emerging visual artist working mainly in photography and collage, predominantly working with 35mm and medium format film.
Samantha tends to shy away from the “perfect” image, and instead seek out ways harness the visual chaos to the image. “I find that imperfection, as opposed to a polished image, tells a more realistic story.”
Coco Lim Haas
Coco Lim Haas is a queer Filipina ceramicist living and working in Brooklyn. She tends to draw inspiration from the often missed but integral ornate patterns and colors that make up her native city, New York. Her work truly embodies what it looks like to make your home warm, settled, and free.
Yan Linden’s work is a discourse of myriad perspectives. Having lived across Asia, Europe, and America made her a keen cross-cultural observer. Constantly exploring cities and the people within, she shares her findings using both pen and brushes. Interwoven, her writings and paintings complete each other.
Geo-Surrealistic landscape artist, David Mew dreams a multiverse of metaphysical worlds. Using his intuitive color palette, he infuses abstracted elements of sacred geometry, labyrinths, and mandalas to interpret his surroundings into ethereal forms.
Portraits styled to the nines, Haitian-American painter and street artist Ingrid Mathurin reflects the world she sees in living color. She captures the expanse of human emotion to transform and honor the strength and joy rooted in the Black experience.
Pável Acevedo creates tales inspired from his elders through his printmaking and muralist artworks. Originally from Oaxaca Mexico, his tales are filled with his holy characters playing for a chance to create worlds that challenge systems and take a chance on social justice.
Also known as “Dreadsoftly,” Reyon is a painter who was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in San Diego, CA. The punchy imagery and strong command color that are a hallmark of his work’s style were learned through years of trial and error using makeshift canvases and stray paints in his mother’s garage.
Adetoun Fadekemi Akinmboni is a contemporary artist whose passion started in her early years in Nigeria. Self taught, her style is quite spontaneous and based on her feelings. Her abstract and digital designs work to translate these emotions by using intense colors combined with line structures.
Inspired by Huey Freeman and Black Dynamite from TV shows growing up, “Huey Dynamite” is a moniker created by Assandre to signify the “explosive” power of color in his artwork. Using acrylic paint as his main medium, this fine-arts painter focuses on subjects as rich in personality as they are in color.
Nitashia is a Nigerian-American multimedia artist and educator. Her photography collection, titled “The Self Publication,” seeks to dismantle the stereotypes placed on those in the Black community.
Dabin Ahn creates two-dimensional paintings and sculptures, playing with perception by challenging conventions of illusion and materiality in popular culture.
As a painter, muralist, designer and musician, Pugs Atomz is a true hip-hop renaissance man who uses his work to push for change in his city.
Abena Motaboli is a Southern African-born visual artist, educator, and writer. She uses pigments of the earth and works with nature and plants around her to form her practice.
Zor Zor Zor
A first generation Polish-American street artist from Chicago, Zor Zor Zor is inspired by her everyday thoughts and emotions, characterizing them freely with a pen, pencil, or paint brush.
Greg is a photographer, author, speaker and community activist. By overcoming personal barriers chronicled in his novel, Metamorphosis of a Heart, Greg helps others find “Healing through Art,” or what he calls “heART.”
Anna is an abstract artist and woodworker, passionate about making beautiful pieces of art that evoke authentic and compelling feelings.
Bourn Rich’s art is deeply infused by early childhood experiences revolving around sports leagues, the LA graffiti hip hop and skateboarding scene.
Stephen is an artist and ceramicist born and raised in New York City. Through drawings and slab-built ceramics, his work explores geometry through a historical lens.
Marco is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Despite a formal background in oil painting, Marco utilizes a variety of mediums, including digital collage, video, and drawing.
Zella is known for their large-scale paintings of protest and Black queer identities that demand viewers to engage with captivity, emergence, and liberation; often drawing from autobiographical experiences, dialogue with their community, and precolonial Guro animism.
When describing his work, Josh notes that he is ‘usually driven by the cultures of Hip Hop, RnB, Rare Groove, Jazz and Latin Jazz’. Josh’s otherworldly work explores the history of music genres and the climates they’ve created.
Interdisciplinary artist Sara looks at food and its societal significance through her artistic lens. Sara’s ‘takeaway’ inspired booth used the traditional Indian lunchboxes, dabbas, as sculptures to house handwritten messages.
Tom Gerrard is an Australian painter whose works focus on suburban life. His style developed through his prolific international output on the streets, and he incorporates contemporary techniques such as spray paint and airbrush.
Shane is a Melbourne-based visual artist, who was born is Zimbabwe. He is self-taught, creating bold works using mixed media, with influences from neo-expression and outsider art. His pieces draw from his own life experiences and you’ll see complex stories about identity throughout his work.
Tibetan artist Losel Yauch takes inspiration from the relationship between conflict and creativity. The Occupation of Tibet dominated much of her earlier work, whilst colour and composition is the focus of recent work. Her booth will feature a selection of vibrant and collectable pieces.
Textiles is having a moment, and Jennifer’s artistry within Fine Art and Textiles is championing this medium. Her textiles meets tech showcase will explore sci-fi and other-worldly themes, providing you with an experience of comfort and domesticity.
Daniel Flynn is a textile artist, based in Sydney Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Design with Fine Arts Honours at UNSW Art + Design. His artistic practice includes wearable pieces, wall-hung pieces and installation works.
Tia Madden is in her Honours year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UNSW Art and Design. Working across Fine Art and Illustration, she has illustrated thirteen published children’s books, and has exhibited in Barangaroo, Paddington, Blackheath and Penrith. Tia currently lives and works on Dharug land in the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia.
Clementine’s abstract needleworks are a labour of love, with each work taking around 400 hours to complete. She believes that craft-based practices are largely undervalued within Contemporary Australian Art and as such, is a passionate advocate for the promotion of craft-based practice.
Fiona’s painting practice explores the nonlinear nature of healing, while engaging with an autobiographical narrative of trauma. Through vibrant and densely layered oil paintings, her work seeks to examine contrasting themes of silence and visibility, the surface and the underside, tenderness and rage.
Zoe’s work is an investigation into the effects of light through a material driven practice, working with materials that hold reflective, refractive or light absorbing qualities.