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artists to watch out in June

International career artists to watch out for in June, carefully selected and introduced by our VELVENOIR art experts.

Here is our curated selection of artists to watch out in June, to keep you on the pulse within the global art market and yet provide you with a personal service when acquiring such artworks.

For our clients be it a private collector or a boutique hotel – we aim to curate artistic projects which challenge the unusual perception in any specific space to engage and inspire clients on a daily basis. #becauseartmakesadifference

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Nathaniel Rackowe (United Kingdom)

Nathaniel Rackowe was born in the UK in 1975 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MFA in sculpture. His large-scale architectural structures and light sculptures are designed to recreate the experience of navigating the city around us. His works are abstracted impressions of today’s metropolitan experience evoked through the vicissitudes of light as it fluctuates throughout the city. Influenced by Modernism, Rackowe uses the mass manufactured derivative products of that era – corrugated plastics, concrete, scaffolding, breeze blocks and strip lights – to recreate the collective experience and visual sensations of urban contemporary life.

His works are in notable public and private collections including Ventes Privées, Paris, France; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia; CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation), Miami, FL, USA; Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, Lima, Peru; LVMH Collection, Paris, France; David Roberts Collection, London, UK; UK Government Art Collection, London, UK; Hauser & Wirth Collection, London, UK; Ernst & Young Collection, London, UK; VR d’Affaux Collection, Paris, France; Patricia Marshall, Private collection, Paris, France; Marc Blondeau, Private collection, Geneva, Switzerland; Almine-Rech-Picasso, Private collection, Paris, France; Salama Bint Hamdan Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Modern Forms, UK.

 selected by Liz Yisun Kwon

Lin Zhipeng aka 223 – (CHINA)

Lin Zhipeng is a leading figure of new Chinese photography emerging in the last decade. His work reflects and defines a non-mainstream Chinese youth wishing to escape the pressures from a traditional society. Faded flowers tangled with flesh tones, myriad patterns mixing with an emotional ambiguity of both love and chaos, fantasy and eroticism. Lin’s works are saturated with a soft sense of carefreeness, a playful innocence, and a certain optimism amidst a hedonist lifestyle going against the expected pleasures and entrapments of the middle-class dream.

Born in Guangdong in 1979, Lin Zhipeng is a photographer and freelancer writer based in Beijing. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications such as Vice and Voices of Photography magazines, as well as the book New Photography in China (2006)He is represented by M97 gallery in Shanghai, China.

 selected by Lou Anmella


Abstract steel sculptor Inge King was born in Berlin and trained at the Berlin Academy from 1937 to 1938 and later at the Royal Academy School (on a scholarship) in London in 1940 and the Glasgow School of Art (on bursary) from 1941 to 1943. After moving to Australia in 1950, King was at the forefront of developing and diversifying non-figurative sculpture in Australia. King was part of the Centre 5 group whose mission it was to help foster greater public awareness in contemporary sculpture.  She also held solo exhibitions since 1940 in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Geelong. Retrospective exhibitions of Kings’ works were held at the Bendigo Regional Gallery in 1995 and the National Gallery of Victoria in 1992. King was awarded an Order of Australia in 1984 and in 2008 was awarded the Visual Arts Emeritus Award by the Australian Arts Council, recognizing her pivotal role in raising the profile of modern sculpture in Australia. King received a Doctorate in Literature from Deakin University in 1990 and an Honorary Doctorate in Arts from RMIT in 1997.

King’s work is held by numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank, Sydney; Parliament House, Canberra and several regional and university galleries.

selected by Catherine Asquith 


Arinze Stanley Egbengwu (b.1993) is a Nigerian artist working in a genre of art known as hyperrealism. He is best known for his hyper-realistic life-size portraits of regular people, primarily of African descent. Working primarily with charcoal and graphite on paper, his work is an attempt at “making a bridge between people” and it can be perceived through the thought, consideration, and purpose of each artwork. A big component of his work is connecting the world, and his aim is to help others see  “a reflection of themselves in others”. Arinze Stanley Egbengwu (born 1993) is a Nigerian Artist, Activist, Engineer and Entrepreneur. He is best known for creating hyperrealistic pencil drawings. Working primarily with charcoal and graphite on paper, Arinze uses his works as a medium for social and political activism, addressing pressing matters both in his community and worldwide, matters including Racism, Modern slavery and feminism etc.

selected by Antoinette Williams

Nilbar Güreş ( Turkey) 

Nilbar Güreş chooses a performative approach for her works, using photography, collage, drawing and video: she places everyday life realities in theatrical settings which deal with cultural identity codes, especially female or queer. The narrative presentation often depicts an exit strategy in a humorous way, without denying the brutal reality. Her work is based on long-term research and cultural observation by employing fieldwork practices; she lives with her protagonists and experiences their environment. The issues at stake always deal with a strong political standpoint and oppressing limitations of life which include sexism, violence and gender inequality.

 selected by Ines Valle

Paulo Cupido (Netherlands)

Paul Cupido was born in 1977 on the small Dutch island of Terschelling. The inhabitants lived for the most part from what nature had to offer: from local food sources and the things that were washed ashore. The islanders’ deep bond with nature and a life strongly affected by the rhythm of the seasons, the phases of the moon and the tides also characterize Cupido’s artistic work to this day. He is convinced that people’s lived existence is closely interwoven with nature. Wherever his worldwide photographic explorations take him, Paul Cupido brings to bear his childhood experience of growing up on an island on his images and the way he prefers to talk about them. The heartbeat of life on the island is supported by rhythm of the seasons, the moon, and the movement of the tides. The beauty of such strong environmental bonds, paired with a sense of the fragility of life, gave shape to Paul’s later engagement with photography and image-making.

selected by Alexandra Schafer

Morrison Polkinghorne (Thailand)

Tassel maker and weaver by trade, Morrison designs and recreates intricate 18th and 19th-century reproduction decorative arts for historic houses, museums and private residences. He now branches into his unique concept of pointillism, using lotus as both theme and application. It is the perfect imagery for the region, as this flower symbolizes the Lord Buddha’s spiritual awakening, emerging from the muddy dark depths into light and becoming a flash of beauty.
“I envision my pieces ecologically and holistically, with Asian nature and culture as the inspiration,” explains Morrison. “Lotus stems are my paintbrush, while its flower create my tones.” His unique ink made from lotus is in many ways as remarkable, and unexpected, as the final art. Morrison creates this from charred lotus petals distilled with Battambang rainwater. “During Monsoon downpours, I set out trays to collect the rains.” The painstaking process then takes a further year to brew. The recipe for his ink is a trade secret, honed from the artist’s long years studying artisanal papermakers and traditional woodblock printers across the region. In this way, he offers an original environmental
approach to art, from pond to studio to display.

 selected by Jules Lambe


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