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11 Paintings That Make Us Say "WOW!"

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11 Paintings That Make Us Say "WOW!"

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.

 

 STEPHANIE HIER
Sticks nix hicks pix2015
$4,500

Hier

Wow!

 

 RACHEL MALIN
North American Red Witch2016
$400

Malin

Wow, spooky!

 

JUSTINE RIVAS
Mother Ann2016
$3,200 

Rivas

Literally wow.

 

RAFAEL DELACRUZ
Walking High on Acid2016
$2,800 Delacruz

I have no words. Except one word—WOW!

 

WILLIE WAYNE SMITH
The Fielders2015
$4,000 WayneSmith

This painting is definitely a W.O.W.!:
Wow
Oh my god
Wow

 

SCOTT REEDER
Skeleton Bodybuilder2013
$5,000

Reeder

(In a British accent) Upon examining this work, I vow that I hath uttered, "Wow!"

 

TYLER HILDEBRAND
Metallic Mauve2015
$1,500 

Hidelbrand

At first I was like, wow. But then I was like, wow!

 

KEITH BOADWEE & CLUB PAINT
The Doctor Is In2017
$9,500 

Boadwee

Honestly, I don't get this one, but—wowee wow wow!

 

BB5000
Untitled2017
$7,000 

bb5000

(puts on glasses) "wow."

 

DENNIS WITKIN
Scorpio Painting, 2017
$1,200

Witkin

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? 

 

KARA JOSLYN
Mask (Geometric Solids and Variations)2015 
$4,000

Joslyn

Wow!

 

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