TONY GUM

MILKED IN AFRICA – HALF FULL, HALF EMPTY, 2016.

thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to my first Imaginary Curator post! today’s “show” is all about THE NUDE. i want to save these bums as my desktop background in case someone is ever spying on me working at some cafe. i can just imagine them squinting, trying to make out what exactly the image is… and then the realisation suddenly dawning.

i’m kicking off with South African artist Tony Gum (above), who kind of exploded onto the local art scene last year (and was subsequently featured on Vogue.com). i saw her latest prints at the Cape Town Art Fair last month, and they are as gorgeous in person as they are on screen. keep an eye on this girl.

all images courtesy of Artsy, except for Vincent Mahe.

Tristan Pigott‘s work is incredibly striking, provocative, and awkward. These oil paintings are blatant reflections of contemporary youth culture, revealing the careful narcissism of selfies and social media. The concept of portraiture is intertwined with the curated nature of the presentation of the self. Tristan is a British artist who takes traditional portraiture and turns it on its head, making calculated distortions from interesting perspectives to let personalities and personas shine through. The way he portrays his subjects, who are often his friends, is not necessarily flattering. (With no filter, so to speak.)

Nicola Caredda was born in Cagliari in 1981. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari and undertake an independent and singular pictorial search path rather secluded compared to the most popular movements by local artists of his age

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro is an Italian experimental animator and director based in Milan. His output includes music videos and fashion videos. In addition to collaborating with teams and video artists creating interactive video projections for exhibitions, museums and special events, he has participated in many festivals and competitions, and has received numerous international awards in recognition of his work.

British artist Jonathan Yeo (b. London, 18 December 1970) is one of the world’s leading portrait artists.

Anastasia Kopittseva was born in Russia in 1987. She studied at the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts and in the All-Russian State University of Cinematography and the British Higher School of Art and Design.