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It's the beginning of a new year, which means you may need artistic inspiration to get through some of the greyest upcoming months.

Thankfully, Instagram is the perfect place to absorb and admire work by established and emerging artists, many of whom are using the digital platform to showcase their practice or reveal the processes behind their work.

Here's a breakdown of some of Art UK's favourite artists to follow on Instagram in 2020.

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown is one of the most pre-eminent contemporary painters. Her intuitive works encompass a wide range of erratic, spontaneous movements that pay homage to the gestural works of the American Abstract Expressionists – Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise 1999

Cecily Brown (b.1969)

Tate

Her Instagram account (@dellyrose) presents her sketches and paintings inside her New York studio.

 
 
 
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Thomas J. Price

Thomas J. Price is a multidisciplinary artist who often works with sculpture. Born in London, he graduated from the Chelsea College of Art before attending the Royal College of Art.

Network

Network 2013

Thomas J. Price (b.1981)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

His figurative work probes traditions of monumental sculpture and explores representations of power and the black male identity. His Instagram account @tpstudio shows the artist's adventures and the versatility of his practice.

Annabel Dover

Born in Liverpool, Annabel Dover studied Fine Art at Newcastle University before attending Central Saint Martins and Cambridge University. Her practice draws upon a wide range of media, from painting, drawing to cyanotype. Cyanotypes are created through photographic printing, using a cyan-blue print.

Florilegia, 1970s

Florilegia, 1970s 2013

Annabel Dover (b.1975)

East Contemporary Art Collection

Dover's art is inspired by objects and the invisible stories behind them. Her Instagram account (@annabel_dover) offers an eclectic mix of her work and interests in material culture.

 
 
 
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Ryan Mosley

Born in Chesterfield, Ryan Mosley (@ryanmosley01) studied at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal College of Art. He worked at The National Gallery in London as a guard before becoming an established painter. 

The Unknown Performer

The Unknown Performer 2006

Ryan Mosley (b.1980)

Royal College of Art

His colourful and vibrant paintings inhabit a fantastical, carnivalesque world and synthesise many artistic references and themes.


Flora Yukhnovich

Painter Flora Yukhnovich deconstructs the visual vocabulary of eighteenth-century Rococo painting, especially works by Jean-Antoine Wattteau, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and François Boucher.

Imagination, Life is Your Creation

Imagination, Life is Your Creation 2018–2019

Flora Yukhnovich (b.1990)

Government Art Collection

A millennial twist on a historic genre, Yukhnovich's practice playfully exposes the male gaze while creating a sumptuous aesthetic of pastel colours, smudged textures and free-floating, cloudlike abstract forms. 

You can follow her Instagram account @flora_yukhnovich.


Geoff Uglow 

Born in Cornwall, Geoff Uglow (@geoffuglow) trained at the Glasgow School of Art. Although abstract, his work is largely inspired by the rhythms, seasons and cycles of the British landscape. 

Eilean Donan (Castle Eilean Donan)

Eilean Donan (Castle Eilean Donan) 2010

Geoff Uglow (b.1978)

Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

He has described each painting as 'a handwritten letter, a moment, which can suspend disbelief, a fragment of vanished beauty.'


Rachel McCreadie 

Rachel McCreadie is a contemporary sculptor from Dundee, Scotland who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design last year. 

Her anatomical sculptures use a variety of soft materials and explore body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental health condition that is becoming increasingly common amongst young people.

Mutated Cell

Mutated Cell 2018

Rachel McCreadie (b.1994)

University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection

Her Instagram account is @rachelmccreadie_.


Michael Armitage 

Michael Armitage is a Kenyan-born artist who trained at the Slade School of Art and the Royal Academy. His work 'intertwines narratives drawn from his memories and discourses from both Western and East African vantage points.' 

The Octopus's Veil

The Octopus's Veil 2016

Michael Armitage (b.1984)

Government Art Collection

This work is oil paint on lubugo bark cloth, a material from Uganda. There is a lengthy process behind this material, including the beating of bark for several days before stretching it.

Armitage lives and works between Nairobi and London. His Instagram account is @manairobi.


Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Hannah Leighton-Boyce is a sculptor who trained at Manchester School of Art. Her work 'emphasis the physical and social properties of materials, sensory and spatial concerns in both their production and viewing experience.' 

Persistent Bodies

Persistent Bodies 2018

Hannah Leighton-Boyce (b.1980)

University of Salford

Her varied practice demonstrates the visceral quality of sculpture and three-dimensional forms. Her Instagram @hlboyce displays her work and most recent exhibitions.

 
 
 
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I’m currently showing ‘Repose’, a series of drawings, in Major Conversations at The Turnpike, Leigh. . . I first exhibited these drawings in my solo show ‘Dreaming of Dead Fish’ in 2018 @warringtonmuseum @warringtoncontemporary . . . Major Conversations @theturnpikeleigh continues to 9th November features artists from the North of England in conversation with paintings by Theodore Major. This is the second stage of a touring show from @platform_a_gallery curated by Mark Parham. . . @theturnpikeleigh #TheodoreMajor @bobbybenjamin @emma_bennett_art @tonycharles666 @gordondalton666 @_nicola_ellis_ @mary_griffiths__ @faye__roc @katiemcguire_art @annie_odonnell_ #CraigOldham @helenpailing @connorshields1 @jo_stanness #KraigWilson @aaronpearce_paintings


Peter Doig

Peter Doig (@peterdoig) is one of Scotland's most well-known contemporary painters. Born in Edinburgh, he trained at the Wimbledon School of Art, St Martin's School of Art and Chelsea School of Art. His enchanting works resemble surreal dreamscapes, or disorientating other-worldly landscapes.

Echo Lake

Echo Lake 1998

Peter Doig (b.1959)

Tate

Doig was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994 and has not fallen from the limelight since. He now lives in Trinidad. 

 

Lydia Figes, Content Editor at Art UK