Most Instagram feeds are packed with our favourite fashion influencers and food stylists but we think it’s time to expand our following to the art world. Instagram is bursting with a wealth of inspirational and original content from photographers, painters and graphic designers so, to get you started, we’ve gathered five artists from around the world we think are worthy of a few likes to add to your Instagram feed. Because seeing it on your screen is the next best thing to having it in your home.
If you like clean lines, you’ll want to know about Material Lust. Self-professed “artists masquerading as designers,” New York based Lauren Larson and Christian Lopez Swafford’s collections – most recently, Geometry is God and Fictional Furniture – are at once sinister and high-end. We dare you to stop looking.
Endlessly classier than the selfie (apologies Kim Kardashian West) is the self-portrait and 20-year-old newcomer from Cape Town, Tony Gum, is at the top of this game. Her feed is a gorgeously curated stream of Wes Anderson’s colour pallet, and what she’s done with a couple of Coke cans has made us (and Vogue) thirsty.
Chinese born, Canadian raised, Los Angeles based illustrator Ming Ong’s work is misleading in the best way possible. At first glance, sweet, innocent illustrations of children and animals, things take a sharp left turn into the dark and dangerous when you look a little closer. Tiny tots wielding chainsaws, pig-faced girls. It’s the perfect mix of cute and creepy.
There’s something so satisfying about a good mash-up and Stephen McMennamy’s “Combophotos” may just be the best we’ve ever seen. The USA based artist/art director shoots each image himself before splicing them together. Clever, fun and an absolute delight to scroll through.
Bright, bold and geometric: London-based graphic designer Camille reminds us that while black is always the new black, there’s something very intoxicating about colour, especially when it’s altogether in one, fabulous explosion.