Are you looking for some new contemporary artists to teach your students about? On the Facebook Art Teachers group, members suggested LOTS of contemporary artists that they teach their students. These are now all compiled into ONE HUGE LIST on Google Docs! I added websites and short descriptions to most of the artists so it is easier to use. Thanks to all the teachers who collaborated to share their ideas and add artists. This huge list has about 130 artists on it and the list is growing. Do you have any favorite contemporary artists that should be on the list?
*** Important: Do not use the list “as is” with students. I have not thoroughly investigated every image on the websites and cannot guarantee they are all age appropriate. Some of them may be not be suitable for children. If you are a student, please get parental permission and guidance while using the internet. ***
That being said, there are so many wonderful, amazing artists on this list. Here are some of my favorites.
2. Betsy Bowen: woodblock prints
3. Riley Bramblitt: this artist is BLIND! remarkable!
4. Justin BUA: commercial artist influenced by urban street life
5. Jon Burgerman: fun doodled illustrations
6. Romero Britto: modern Pop art
7. Bruce Gray: mobiles and colorful sculptures
8. James Gurney: author and illustrator of Dinotopia
9. Timothy Horn: California landscape painting
10. Karin Jurick: I love her paintings of museum patrons looking at masterpieces.
11. Wolf Kahn: realism and color field painting
12. Michel Keck: vintage industrial assemblages, colorful abstracts, colorful animal paintings.. wide range!
13. Yayoi Kusama: polka dots!!
14. Teesha Moore: visual art journalist
15. Olek: yarn bomber
16. Jesse Reno: I’ve loved this artist’s raw paintings for a long time now!
17. Aurora Robson: installations and really cool junk mail collages
18. Sandy Skoglund: she makes awesome surreal installations and photographs them
19. Crystal Wagner: really cool, colorful installations, sculptures, “tangled” drawings & prints
20. Jason deCaires Taylor: underwater sculptures!
21. Justin Vining: gorgeous paintings of rural landscapes (some are realistic and others are topsy-turvy whimsical landscapes)
There are so many amazing contemporary artists working right now! My goal for this year is to teach my students about more contemporary artists. I don’t think I do that enough now.
Take a look at the HUGE LIST OF ARTISTS and then let me know if you have any more you’d like to see on the list.