Here are 11 note-worthy paintings by emerging artists with novel and innovative approaches to figuration. While they do truly deserve thoughtful, in-depth analysis (they really do!), we're hours away from going on vacation, and you're probably already on vacation—so we'll keep it simple.
I have no words. Except one word—WOW!
This painting is definitely a W.O.W.!:
Oh my god
(In a British accent) Upon examining this work, I vow that I hath uttered, "Wow!"
At first I was like, wow. But then I was like, wow!
Honestly, I don't get this one, but—wowee wow wow!
(puts on glasses) "wow."
WOW! Ugh, okay, I won’t lie to you. 2017 has been pretty rough for me—I had to leave town a few times to take care of family emergencies, there’s a hoard of mice living behind my oven and I hear them scurry every time I go to make some chicken nuggets, and like every other twenty-something I’m struggling to pay for rent, utilities, avocado toast, student loan bills, health insurance, etc. etc. I often come home from work crying, wondering if the rat race this city puts me through is worth it, and if I’ll ever figure out what career will make me truly happy. But then I see a painting like this and I am reminded of all the beauty in the world and all the amazing things worth living for. I know it sounds dumb, go ahead and laugh, but can I just have this ONE moment of joy? PLEASE?