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Ten Finnish Artists

Text written by Emiy Quli

Finland, although perhaps more commonly renowned for its breath taking  Nordic Lakes and the Northern Lights, has a flourishing contemporary art scene. People travel to Finland for its natural beauty, often over – looking the under publicised art scene which exacerbates this native beauty. From Jussi Goman’s regenerative Fauvist works to Peetu Liesinen’s intricate drawings and paintings, here are ten Finnish artists that you should be following today. 

Jenni Hiltunen


Jenni Hiltunen

Jenni Hiltunen’s contemporary paintings depict human figures built with new, gaunt dimensions through her use of shades and colours offering fresh perspectives to approach the female portrait. The gazes she portrays are haunting and melancholic. There is a certain solemnity and nonchalance to her work. Although she paints the everyday, it certainly isn’t mundane as the figures ensure that the audience is drawn to the vibrance of the character. 

Tuukka Tammisaari


Tuukka Tammisaari

Tammisaari’s work has an abundance of  explosive shapes, fragments, colours and blocks. Despite a slightly overwhelming and anarchic initial feel, everything fits coherently and makes sense on a thorough glance. They are deep works of imagination and coordination. The titles themselves are an ode to the imagination and provide the observer with direction to approach and acknowledge the image. 

Jukka Virkkunen


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Virkkunen is provisional of innovative methods of creating art. His feed is full of “behind the scenes” style videos of him using his mop to create incredible pieces. This shows the fun and excitement involved with the production of art. His inkworks, although appear rather monolithic are intimidating and full of depth, particularly against the blatancy of the white wall on which he presents them.

Ari Pelkonen


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Each of Ari Pelkonen’s works feels like a verb through the different envisagement of lines and the way they can transform and move on a canvas. The gradient of colours and the depth of dimensions all move through these lines. These create complex, pleasing and soothing pictures to look at. 

Timo Vaittinen


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Timo Vaittinen’s work is alive. Things fold into each other and fold out of the canvas. The colours break apart and come out together. Pictures, creatures and large overwhelming shapes dominate the canvas. They are large and, on occasion, rather psychedelic, immersing the observer into each imafe as they try to make sense of it. 

Karoliina Hellberg


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Helberg’s paintings are transformative of ordinary landscapes, changing them into ethereal and exotic fantasies. The vibrancy of each of her paintings injects the scenes she paints with a potency of life that cannot help but translate off the canvas.

Peetu Liesinen


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Peetu depicts enchanting figures through archaic style drawings and paintings. The figures and portraits are always removed from the observer through the dated feel to them and the inability for the characters to engage with the audience. They are detailed and yet there is an absence to the figures – a mystery to each one he paints. Peetu is both able to tell a story about a character and censor elements to it. 

Petri Ala-Maunus


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Ala – Maunus’s portraits provide the inky backdrop and scenery for the melting pot of colours to intermingle, mix and divulge. The identity of each of the figures is sacrificed as the emotions of the portraits dominate and dictate the paintings. This is done through the varying colour schemes he uses. The eyes of each portrait eerily haunt the audience: remaining observant, still and unchanging in a canvas that is perpetually transitioning around it. 

Tuuli Kerätär


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Tuuli has an eclectic, experimental mix of works as if they are each resolving a train of thought. This consequently invites the audience to resonate their own thoughts with the beauty in every day life and the beauty that Tuuli depicts on the canvas. The paintings attempt to categorise each elusive thoughts through these beatific stimuli such as flowers, architecture and colour that resonate with the observer. 

Jussi Goman


Jussi Goman

Goman’s works are fun and playful. They take impressions of everyday objects from things such as fruit to flowers to create indulgent, progressive images. His work  has a real sense of Fauvism being regenerated into today’s contemporary climate. He is the wild beast of today experimenting with varying gradients, shapes and objects to create an impressive, holistic final image. 

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We asked 39 artists what they did to relax, here are their answers…

We asked 39 artists what they did to relax, here are their answers…

Paul Weiner (@POWeiner) – I cook. I’m really into Indian food and cauliflower lately. One of my favorites is aloo gobi.

Benjamin Murphy (@BenjaminMurphy_) – I read books in cafés with Oona.

Charley Peters (@CharleyPeters) – I don’t relax. It’s the one thing I’m completely crap at.

Remi Rough (@RemiRough) – I make music, mostly on my laptop but sometimes I play guitar too.

Jonny Green (@JonnyGreenArt) – Meditate, align my chakras, smoke crack.

Richard Stone (@Artist_Stone) – I avoid all social media! Ha, music always dramatically shifts my mood in the best way and I do like being out of London, often in the country.

Sally Bourke (@Justondark) – I’m learning how to make clay. Though if we are talking deep relaxation I like trash tv.

Kevin Perkins (@Kevin_Perkins_) – It’s a bit trite, but exercise is great for me. Lately I’ve been climbing.

Lee Johnson ( – Art books mainly, with a good whisky and test match cricket.

Jenny Brosinski (@Jenny_Brosisnski) – Hang out on my studio Sofa.

Andy Dixon (@Andy.Dxn) – I ask myself that same question from time to time. I’m still working on self-care concepts like taking days off and vacationing but so far failing pretty miserably at them. You can tell I’m bad at it by the way I just used the word “working” regarding taking time off.

Klone Yourself (@KloneYourself) – I travel alone and visiting the sea/ocean. Any kind of desert dry/wet realy calms me down.

Daisy Parris (@DaisyParris) – Painting is what relaxes me most but other than that I’ll listen to new music or go to the cinema or eat pizza.

Jake Chapman (@JakeChapmaniac) – Yoga.

Tom Anholt (@TomAnholt) – Play football

Spencer Shakespeare (@SpencerShakespeare) -Smoke pot listen play look draw, feel paint

Rowan Newton (@Rowan_Newton) – Watering my 76 plants and reading about furniture design and history. And exploring London on my bike, as it’s ever evolving.

Hayden Kays (@HaydenKays) – 6 Espresso martinis, a bucket of Vodka Red Bull, a fistful of Pro Plus, a couple of lines of small print and a patchy internet connection usually does the trick.

Matthew Allen (@Matthew__Allen) – We are lucky in Amsterdam that there are a number of great parks, so when I need to chill out I go and walk in Nature.

Rae Hicks (@Rae_Hicks_On_Gangs) – Watch the Sopranos whilst eating Italian food. Preferably mirroring what they are actually eating. With red wine.

Jonni Cheatwood (@Jonni_Cheatwood) – I’m a home body. I just want something to drink, lay on the couch with my wife & dog with comfy clothes and something mindless to watch… like Love Island.

Andrew Salgado (@Andrew.Salgado.Art) – yoga. travel. read novels.

Soumya Netrabile (@Netrabile) – I read and listen to a lot of music.

Luke Hannam (@LukeHannamPaintings) – Walk the dog.

Hedley Roberts (@HedleyRoberts) – Painting is a good way to relax. Other than that, I work out, or fiddle about with a guitar, swim in the sea at Margate, work on my motorbike or my campervan, tend my plants in my garden or lay on the sofa with my partner and our dog watching box sets.

Nick JS Thompson (@nickjsthompson) – I find it really hard to relax. Cooking helps me to switch off but getting out of the city and turning off electronic devices does the trick!

Neva Hosking (@NevaHosking) – I go hang out in my greenhouse til I feel better.

Justin Long (@_JustinLong) –

Erin Lawlor (@TheErinLawlor) – Swim – it’s another form of immersion.

Tony Riff (@TonyRiff) – Listening to music, drawing and daydreaming, mostly.

Justin Lee Williams (@ArtJLW) – Surf , play music , and fish. I think having time away from art is equally important as the art work itself.

Jordy Kerwick (@JordyKerwick) – Paint

Wingshan Smith (@wingshansmith) – Scrolling through astrology memes.

Fiona Grady (@Fiona_Grady) – I love watching films and reading novels for the escapism – it keeps me sane!

Obit (@LazyObit) – I play with my bunny, Pipsqueak or go cycling or have sex

Anthony Cudahy (@AnthonyCudahy) – I wish I had an answer to this – I’d be a lot healthier.

Johnny Thornton (@_JohnnyThornton) – I’m pretty busy between my art practice, my role as a gallery director, my social life and my need to see as much art as I can…so I don’t have a lot of downtime but when I do I’m usually at home hanging out with my wife and dog.

Danny Romeril (@D_Romeril) – draw, watch rubbish tv, listen to music and play my guitar

Florence Hutchings (@FlorenceBH) -I like to cook, watch tv and go for a few pints of Guinness.

For more of these lists:

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Artists working in Denmark – selected by Rasmus Peter Fischer of Galerie Wolfsen

This is a list of 10 artists living and working in Denmark. It might not be the best, they are for sure not the worst, but no matter what it’s 10 artist I love and collect privatly. My name is Rasmus Peter Fischer and I both collect, curate and deal art.

Lars Calmar – Born 1968

Lars Calmar

Kirsa Andreasen – Born 1975

Rasmus Peter Fischer

Rune Christensen – Born 1980

Rune Christensen

Morten Løbner – Born 1965

Rasmus Peter Fischer

Henrik Godsk – Born 1975

Frederik Næblerød – Born 1988

Frederik næeblerød

Lasse Thorst – Born 1979

Rasmus Peter Fischer

Alessandro Painsi – Born 1995

Rasmus Peter Fischer

Julien Deiss – Born 1983

Rasmus Peter Fischer

Gurli Ellebækgaard – Born 1969

Rasmus Peter Fischer

For more by Rasmus Peter Fischer, see Galerie Wolfsen

Igor Moritz in conversation with Sarah Forman

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The #LockdownEditions are a Delphian-run initiative to support some of our favourite contemporary artists during these difficult and unprecedented times. Throughout the remainder of the quarantine measures, we will be releasing a new print each week, with all of the profits going directly to the artists themselves. This week, we’re excited to feature our fifth artist, Igor Moritz, to talk about being baseless, shifting radii and fake plants.

Sarah Forman: Tell us a bit about yourself and your practice.

Igor Moritz: I was born in 1996 in Lublin, post-communist Poland. When I was very young I migrated with my family to London, only to return back to Poland as a teenager, where I attended an art high school. My paintings are mainly focused on inner-life, and I tend to paint the people closest to me, usually portrayed in domestic landscapes but also somewhere else – deep insides their heads. 

S: Where are you based and how has the current global health crisis affected your day-to-day?

IM: My plan has been to move to London since finishing university last summer, but new residencies and shows kept on popping up in my calendar and I didn’t want to commit to high studio and flat rates only to move shortly after. I guess you could say I’m not really based anywhere. The pandemic had a hand in this, as rumours of the potential lockdown reached me a few hours before my most recent flight, so I decided to stay with my girlfriend in Grenoble in the French Alps throughout the course of the quarantine. In France, the lockdown was enforced completely, strictly and quickly, which made our lives utterly house bound. We spend the days on the balcony, where I paint. We have a nice routine with her flat mates that includes a daily exercise and cooking calendar. 

S: In what ways have you changed how you work and/or what you’re working on?

IM: The biggest change to my work has been the shift to painting on the balcony. As a result, I’m only able to work with sunlight, which has made my paintings a lot lighter. Additionally, and honestly ironically in the face of the lockdown situation, it’s meant that there are more integrated elements of the outdoors in my work. 

S: How have you seen your community affected by the current COVID-19 crisis? Inside and outside the art world?

IM: I think the pandemic has affected the community in a variety of ways. I think it has made my close circles closer and pushed the outer ones a bit further out. I personally don’t see the sense of unity and camaraderie others have been talking about. When I go to the shop everyone is a bit on edge; myself included. Regarding the art world, well despite the huge amount of shows that have been pushed, which must have really affected the galleries and artists, there are a lot more smaller works on paper being made, which I personally love to see. 

S: Can you talk to us a little bit about this print and why you chose it?

IM: The print I’m releasing as a part of the Lockdown editions is a still life called “Wiosna, 2020”. The image is of two fake plants and a bowl of fruit sitting in front of a colour field background. I think despite the very sweet vivid colours there is something slightly unsettling about this work. I think it’s worth mentioning that “wiosna” means spring in Polish. 

SF: Do you feel there’s a certain pressure to respond to what’s going on in the world right now? If so, what does that look like?

IM: I don’t like my paintings to comment on global events in any direct way, so I personally don’t feel the pressure to do so. However, there might be motifs that appear in my quarantine-made paintings, put in there for formal reasons, that may actually comment on this situation better than I possibly could. 

S: Have you seen initiatives taking place that really scare you? Excite you?

IM: I don’t know if you can call the fact that the Polish presidential elections will be conducted via mail, with no anonymity, an initiative, but that’s scary to say it politely. As for initiatives that are exciting, I think the Artists Support Pledge ( is a great idea. However, I haven’t actually taken part in it, because I don’t want to be going to the post office too much nowadays. 

For more conversations with Sarah:

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Sculpture involving Sound – Selected by Harrison Pearce

For more by Harrison Pearce – see his WEBSITE

Tim Hawkinson – Pentecost

I saw this piece in Hawkison’s retrospective at the Whitney in New York back in 2005. It was the first time I’d ever seen the artist’s work and was my first real introduction to a giant sound sculpture. I still think about it.

Harrison Pierce

Haroon Mirza – HRM199: For a Partnership Society

Haroon’s solo show at Zabludowicz last year was a knockout. It was a vivid demonstration of the material reality on which our casually ephemeral idea about digital experience fallaciously rests.

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Oliver Beer – Vessel Orchestra

Oli’s work at Ropac in London, where he opened the new space with a solo show, was a crisp combination of haunting warmth and analytic clarity. This was probably even better demonstrated by this recent work at The Met in New York where he got to work with some unbelievable stuff. Hopefully this will come to London in the future.

Oliver Beer

Ryoji Ikeda – Test Pattern

I saw this when Lisson Gallery took over The Store, 180 Strand, in London. It was a powerfully impressive flex of audio-visual installation. It’s a very intense work but I loved experiencing the high velocity synchronicity

Yuko Mohri – painfully

I saw this little piece at Mother’s Tankstation during Condo in London last year. Mohri makes exceptionally poised works with a delicate balance of elements that lifts mundane objects to a perplexing and poetic realm

Harrison Pierce

Hannah Perry – Rage fluids

This work at Somerset House as part of her solo show Gush was a completely captivating experience.

Hannah Perry

Nathaniel Mellors – Progressive Rocks

This was the best thing I saw back in 2018 at the New Museum. I was thoroughly amused and watched the whole fairly lengthy thing without blinking.

Harrison Pierce

Ima Abasi Okon – Infinite Slippage: nonRepugnant Insolvencies T!-a!-r!-r!-y!-i!-n!-g! as Hand Claps of M’s Hard’Loved’Flesh [I’M irreducibly-undone because] —Quantum Leanage-Complex-Dub (2019)

This installation at the Chisenhale was so compelling. I loved the combination of the slowed down audio with the air circulating through industrial air conditioners

Harrison Pierce

Rebecca Horn – Concert For Anarchy

An all-time favourite. If you ever get to see it do it’s thing it’s hard to forget.

Jónsi – In Bloom

In this piece from Tanyar Bonakdar Gallery, PA loudspeakers are arranged into the form of a poisonous foxglove flower and mounted with chrome butt plugs from which emanates a sonic tapestry of processed field recordings of flora and human fauna. I love the way Jonsi shapes sound freely across sculpture, music and cinema.

Harrison Pierce

For more top tens, see:

My favourite Contemporary Artists using Performance – selected by Rosie Gibbens

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10 of my favourite Contemporary Artists using Performance – selected by Rosie Gibbens

Artist Rosie Gibbens has selected her top 10 picks for artists using performance that we should all know about.

Anna Perach@Anna_Perach

Beautiful carpet creations

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Emily Louise Perry@EmilyLouisePerry

Working with non-actors to create uncomfortably voyeuristic yet intimate experience for viewers

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Katherine Araniello@KatherineAraniello

Sharply satirical, hilarious and political work.

Katherine Araniello

Keijaun Thomas @Keioui

Performances that are both confronting and caring. Striking, sad, yet joyful.

Keijaun Thomas

Korallia Stergides@Aillarok

Improvising  characters into absurd stories. Playful and weird.

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Mette Sterre@MetteSterre

Creation of strange characters and abstract narratives through body assemblages and experimental costumes.

mette sterre

Rosa Doornebal@PictureOnScreen

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Absurd, unsettling and funny. Interacting with sculptural objects as body substitutes.

Rosa Johan Uddoh@Rosa_Johan

Political and deadpan (my fav combo). Complicating language and interrogating institutions.

rosa johan uddoh

Tim Spooner@TSpooner0

Big stage installations with ingenious chain reaction creations and intriguing creatures.

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Yuki Kobayashi@YukiKobayashi0226

I like it when something that appears silly is taken deadly seriously by the performer.

yuki Kobayashi

What did you think of this list of artists using performance? Feel free to let us know your thoughts, or to suggest other topics to cover in the comments below.

Make the Worst Possible Joke about Yourself – Benjamin Murphy & Michael Swaney

Benjamin Murphy – Why are you an artist?

Michael Swaney – I have no idea. Except that it probably has to do with being raised in a creative atmosphere by my parents who both had hobbies when I was young.

BM – So both of your parents are artists?

MS – Yes. My mum was always the artist figure in my family and I learned a lot from her. But now in hindsight I see that my dad has always been an artistic figure in the family as well. He’s a retired chemical engineer, but is also a HO scale model railroad fanatic since as long as I remember, he can paint backdrops, make trees out of rope and rivers out of resin, make a house or train look dilapidated. He also pretty creative with his gardens anti-deer arrangements, which I often photographed and admired.

BM – Tell me more about these anti-deer arrangements…

MS – The anti-deer arrangements are these piles of organised crossing sticks that didn’t even work. But they look amazing. My dad gets pretty experimental with the ways of keeping animals away from the garden. He’s sprinkled his own hair around the fruit trees. Hung soap off the branches. Etc.

BM – Hahaha does he have any reason to think these things will work or is it all trial and error?

MS – It’s mostly trial and error based off of common knowledge of wilderness in Canada.

BM – Do you think you have a similar approach to art-making?

MS – Definitely. It’s about jumbling around with everything and utilising it all, as well as the scraps. Like a garden.

BM – Why are you trying to say with your works?

MS – I’m not trying to say anything specifically.

MS – I think my attitude and philosophies in life show through in the art, and I hope that when I’m no longer here it will be fairly evident what I was saying.

BM – Do you see a distinction between what is sometimes called “high art” and “low art”, or highbrow and lowbrow.

MS – Well, right now everyone wants to blur the boundaries of high and low. I didn’t necessarily agree with that. Categories are helpful in distinguishing marginal art forms from the academic ones. I am happy that outsider and folk practices are finally being placed in the same museums as artist who have studied, but to me marginal art forms are far more interesting than academic ones and so, should be categorised as such still. Art Brut is virtually impossible to come across any more and therefore it is a rare prestigious category to be part of.

BM – Do you identify with the Art Brut movement?

MS – I identify way more with ways of working in marginal movements, but would never dare placing myself in one. I’ve been thinking what I do is parallel to them. I didn’t go to art school but have been extremely influenced by popular culture in my life, as well as the notion of an audience and a market. Those things disqualify any artist from any outsider category in my opinion.

BM – Do you feel any affinity with Pop or CoBrA?

MS – Cobra for sure. And Dubuffet is a mentor figure to me.

BM – The juxtaposition of such a traditional medium, ie mosaic, with your contemporary subject matter is interesting, what drew you to this medium and what are you able to say with mosaic that you are unable to articulate with other mediums?

MS – I’ve always lived mosaic work primarily through my admiration for Hunderteasser. Then I moved to Barcelona and discovered Gaudi’s work in person. Niki de Saint Phalle too. I feel like it’s a medium that people are ready to see again. A humble artisanal medium that requires sweat and blood, and contrasts our digital obsession. Brings you back down to earth again.

BM – Aside from artists, what would you say informs your work?

MS – Humour. Nature. Love. Stress. Music. Movies. Food. My child. Conversation.

BM – What are hinderances to your practice, and how do you overcome them?

MS – Usually other people’s opinions. I’m way better off working reclusively than knowing what people think and having them see the process. Also not having a big enough studio to work on many disciplines at once.

Yet. That will soon change.

BM – Do either of these things ever force you to work in ways that provide unexpected benefits?

MS – Well, studios that are small can be helpful in not sitting back and looking at the work from a distance for ages and just committing to them being done. Then it’s a surprise seeing it installed.

BM – Yeah that’s true.

MS – As far as opinions, yes it’s beneficial not knowing what others are doing and for them knowing what you’re doing. All artists know that I guess.

BM – Where did the hand motif come from and what is its significance?

MS – My daughter got hooked On these videos, and I got even more hooked.

BM – Nursery rhymes are an interesting topic for art, I’m not sure I’ve seen that before

MS – I can’t think of anything that stands out to me immediately. I’m sure there is. I love the Mike Kelly stuffed-toy sculptures.

BM – What were you making your work about before your daughter was born?

MS – I suppose they were sort of versions of what I used to do as a kid. Side-profile views of rooms with people. Family settings with bedroom details and dinner tables. It wasn’t a conscious decision to do that though, I realised it after the fact.

BM – What annoys you most about the art world?

MS – Artists ?

I’ve been realising I don’t like to have a lot of artist friends.

BM – Haha – what is it about us that annoys you?

MS – We are so ego based. So much social pretension and elitist bullshit.

BM – How do we counter that?

MS – Hang out with non-artists.

BM – Yeah I think that’s important.

MS – Right?

That was also one of Dubuffet’s things. He liked to hang out with bakers and bricklayers etc.

BM – As did Bacon, he hung out with criminals.

Michael swanky

MS – I recently told a young artist friend, you can never be too cocky Because this shit is so unstable.

BM – You think cockiness is necessary to survive?

MS – Also I’ve learned to be more cautious about who I share my ideas with ?

BM – Yeah it’s necessary for sure in some cases. Confidence. But not when it comes to having a new experience with another human being no matter who they are or what they do. If arrogance gets in the way you won’t have a genuine experience

MS – It’s hard to explain. Do you think it’s necessary?

BM – I definitely see what you mean, it’s essential to display confidence in yourself and your work, as if you don’t believe totally in what you’re doing then how can you expect anyone else to.

But it’s hard to not have this confidence spill over into arrogance.

MS – Exactly. But it bugs me when people are arrogant. In general. A sense of humour about oneself is fundamental in my opinion.

You have to be able to make the worst possible joke about yourself.

For more of Benjamin’s conversations:

Trying not to Breathe – Benjamin Murphy and Taylor A White

We asked 40 artists what is the one book they wish everyone would read, here are their answers…

Paul Weiner (@POWeiner) – The book that I’m writing and releasing in about twenty years. Keep your eyes peeled, friends.

Charley Peters (@CharleyPeters) – ‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf. It shows really well how artists need space and time to be creative – because only once we have that we can discover the truths in ourselves and what that means for our work.

Remi Rough (@RemiRough) – The Hagakure

Jonny Green (@JonnyGreenArt) – The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhem Reich. Written in 1933. Happening in a country near you right now. The politics of the sexually repressed.

Richard Stone (@Artist_Stone) – The Last Wave by Gillian Best, its a great book, a love story to the sea and ahem, it was inspired by a painting of mine of the same name.

Kevin Perkins (@Kevin_Perkins_) – In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan

Sally Bourke (@Justondark) – The god of small things.

Lee Johnson ( – Knut Hamsun’s Hunger

Jenny Brosinski (@Jenny_Brosisnski) – Le petit prince

Andy Dixon (@Andy.Dxn) – Balzac’s Lost Illusions.

Klone Yourself (@KloneYourself) – 100 years of solitude.

Daisy Parris (@DaisyParris) – Nasty Women – a collection of essays and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century

Jake Chapman (@JakeChapmaniac) – Accursed Share.

Tom Anholt (@TomAnholt) – The Hypnotist, Laurence Anholt

Spencer Shakespeare (@SpencerShakespeare) -The book of John.

Hayden Kays (@HaydenKays) – ‘Happy’ by Derren Brown. It’s witty, informative and hugely rewarding. I’d go so far as to say, a life changing read.

Andrew Salgado (@Andrew.Salgado.Art) – Susan Orlean’s ‘The Orchid Thief’ is about obsession, and its non-fiction, and its brilliant. thats my first pick. a much more obvious choice for artists would be Art/work by Heather Bhandari as its like, ‘everything you need to know yesterday about an art career’.

Benjamin Murphy (@BenjaminMurphy_) – In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. He understood the human condition better than anyone else, and most of what you could ever want to learn about life is contained within ISOLT.

Richie Culver (@RichieCulver) – Floyd Mayweather’s autobiography.

Jordy Kerwick (@JordyKerwick) – The Rum Diary – Hunter S Thompson

Danny Romeril (@D_Romeril) – JG Ballard; Cocaine Nights, Crash and Empire of the Sun

Florence Hutchings (@FlorenceBH) – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Soumya Netrabile (@Netrabile) – I think Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester is essential for every artist. Bacon deftly elucidates some of the important nuances of the art making process in response to Sylvester’s brilliant questions.

Luke Hannam (@LukeHannamPaintings) – Matisse -The Life of a Master by Hilary Spurling

Hedley Roberts (@HedleyRoberts) – One book? Phew. That’s tough. Either Brave New World by Huxley, or Narcissus and Goldmund by Hesse.

Matthew Allen (@Matthew__Allen) – I would recomend everyone to read the poetics of space, by Gaston Bachelard. Its a beautiful read and lead me to a deeper appreciation for the everyday spaces that I move through and dwell in.

Nick JS Thompson (@nickjsthompson) – The very hungry caterpillar.

Neva Hosking (@NevaHosking) – I reckon To kill a Mockingbird is always required reading.

Justin Long (@_JustinLong) – #wherethewildthingsare

Erin Lawlor (@TheErinLawlor) – Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut.

Justin Lee Williams (@ArtJLW) – To many to mention, but I would start with all the major religious books, I’m not religious but it does give a understanding to why humanity is so fantastic and fucked at the same time

Wingshan Smith (@wingshansmith) – Everyone should read what they want.

Fiona Grady (@Fiona_Grady) – “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I think the title is pretty self explanatory. The aim of the essay is to remove the negative associations of the word feminism and embrace the idea of believing in equal rights.

Obit (@LazyObit) – Mr Bump by Roger Hargreaves. No matter how many knocks you take and how shit you are at life in general you’ll eventually find something that is perfect for you if you stay positive.

Anthony Cudahy (@AnthonyCudahy) – Paradise – Toni Morrison

Johnny Thornton (@_JohnnyThornton) – Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard. It really opened me up to a lot of interesting ideas when I was a bit younger and some of those ideas still resonate with me today

Magnus Gjoen (@MagnusGjoen) – The Prince by Machiavelli.

Jesse Draxler (@JesseDraxler) – Freedom From Anger – a book I lend ppl, who then want to keep it. I’m on my sixth copy.

Martin Lukac (@Martin.Lukac) – Kamasutra

Mevlana Lipp (@Mevlana_Lipp) – “The color of magic“ by Terry Pratchett.

Printing process video – Envy For The Living

Benjamin Murphy‘s most-recent print Envy For The Living was released a few months ago, and sold out in just 24 hours.

We made a printing process video so you could see all of the hard work that goes into making a woodcut print.


Sadly all of the prints have now sold, but there are still a few works from his current show ANTIHERO in Helsinki available





Video by NickJSThompson


We asked 46 artists which was their favourite art-based Instagram account at the moment, here are their answers…

Paul Weiner (@POWeiner) – I love Clyfford Still. Check out @Still_Museum.

Charley Peters (@CharleyPeters) – There’s a lot of great artist accounts, too many to choose a favourite. I do always look forward to posts from @GerryBonetti, he consistently presents an elegantly curated selection of contemporary work. He’s very generous and supportive of artists; obviously passionate about what’s being made now and the legacy of what has been made before. It’s an intelligent feed with a strong authorial voice.

Remi Rough (@RemiRough) – @dezeen or @designboom

Jonny Green (@JonnyGreenArt) – @drawingcocksonthelocalpaper @ambera.wellmann @van_minnen @jakechapmaniac, these are all pretty similar.

Richard Stone (@Artist_Stone) – I don’t have a favourite, but I do like artist (and curator) accounts that mix it up visually and textually and it surprises you or you learn something.

Kevin Perkins (@Kevin_Perkins_) – @bathersbytheriver is great

Sally Bourke (@Justondark) – Probably @jerrysaltz or @whos____who

Lee Johnson ( – I always like to see what @stonertim and @paul.housley are painting. Also @rhyslee_ and @jerrysaltz, and my buddy @dellyrose

Jenny Brosinski (@Jenny_Brosisnski) – @davidkordanskygallery

Andy Dixon (@Andy.Dxn) – You can’t go wrong with @painterspaintingpaintings – I’m inspired by pretty much everything they post.

Klone Yourself (@KloneYourself) – I think my fav Instagram accounts at the moment are actually of cartoons and short comics, there’s some realy good ones and the fit the phone screen format much better then art that never realy translates well.

Daisy Parris (@DaisyParris) – @CodyTumblin

Jake Chapman (@JakeChapmaniac) – None

Benjamin Murphy (@BenjaminMurphy_) – @Daily_Contemporary_Art

Tom Anholt (@TomAnholt) – @PaintersPaintingPaintings

Spencer Shakespeare (@SpencerShakespeare) -Anything Richard Ayoade

Rowan Newton (@Rowan_Newton) – @18.01london

Hayden Kays (@HaydenKays) – I love seeing factory production line videos on Instagram. I love factories. I love nifty machines. They remind me of Heath Robinson creations. Art is reduced to postage stamp proportions on it, that are then viewed in an infinite conveyor belt of imagery and noise. It’s certainly not the white walled, calm space I think art often thrives in.

Matthew Allen (@Matthew__Allen) – It has to be @Work2day, it has a similar aesthetic to my own interests, but has a much broader scope so I often find new works/artists via their account.

Rae Hicks (@Rae_Hicks_On_Gangs) – @Sean.Steadman’s feed is always a flow of gems.

Jonni Cheatwood (@Jonni_Cheatwood) – I’m a big fan of @TaylorA.White as a person, definitely as a painter but he’s just so so funny.

Andrew Salgado (@Andrew.Salgado.Art) – im trying to spend less time on instagram as it feeds into bad self-image. but i like @painterspainterspaintings and @topainterstopaintings or something like that. i forget.

Soumya Netrabile (@Netrabile) – I really like @Jitjander’s page. It’s this evolving survey of evocative images from which you can draw so much inspiration.

Hedley Roberts (@HedleyRoberts) – @the_chopper_lifestyle is my favourite Instagram account right now. It isn’t art based, at least not in a obvious way. For art, there’s loads but @painterspaintingpaintings is one I go back to regularly.

Nick JS Thompson (@nickjsthompson) – @brush_uk always have an excellently curated feed of contemporary painting.

Justin Long (@_JustinLong) – @arthandlermag

Erin Lawlor (@TheErinLawlor) – @painterspaintingpaintings.

Tony Riff (@TonyRiff) – It’s always changing but Probably @Spencermann he knocks out so much work but it’s always super consistent, thanks for making me feel lazy, dude.

Justin Lee Williams (@ArtJLW) – @Greatartinuglyrooms – it’s gold

Jordy Kerwick (@JordyKerwick) – @Daily_Contemporary_Art (of course). If not DC, @FreudMonkGallery

Wingshan Smith (@wingshansmith) – @thewhitepube always.

Fiona Grady (@Fiona_Grady) – One of my favourites is artist @nickyhirst63 she doesn’t tend to share photos of her artworks but instead things that capture her attention – in some ways it’s more insightful. I think she has a really great eye for detail and her feed has a subtle humour.

Obit (@LazyObit) – I’d love to say something highbrow but in reality it’s @saucypostcard

Kenichi Hoshine (@Kenichi_Hoshine) – I really like @painterspaintingpaintings, @yngspc and @collecteurs

Bertrand Fournier (@FournierBertrand)– I don’t want some to be jealous.

Anthony Cudahy (@AnthonyCudahy) – I would say Cheyenne Julien, but she’s taking a break from Instagram. @PeterShear has a knack for finding the most unexpected and unusual paintings from an artist which I truly appreciate.

Johnny Thornton (@_JohnnyThornton) – I follow a lot of amazing artists but right now I’m enjoying the work of @POWeiner. His work is just fantastic.

Jesse Draxler (@JesseDraxler) – @davidvonbahr

Richie Culver (@RichieCulver) – @Abstract.Mag

Martin Lukac (@Martin.Lukac) – @JanCerny_

Gabriele Herzog (@Gabriele_Herzog) – @annetruitt – An amazing combination of images with incredible writing by Anne Truitt

Cannon Dill (@CannonDill) – @Sauerkrautmissionary22

Mevlana Lipp (@Mevlana_Lipp) – @the_art_estate, @painterspaintingpaintings, @art.viewer to name a few.

Danny Romeril (@D_Romeril) – @florencebh @mickhutchings @ferguspolglase @greatartinuglyrooms

Florence Hutchings (@FlorenceBH) – @mickhutchings, @d_romeril and

Catherine Haggarty (@Catherine_Haggarty) – my friend @eleanor.k.ray who shares so many amazing photos of her travels! – @ej_hauser


For more, we asked 45 artists

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What Was The One Thing About The Artworld They Wish Would Disappear Forever

What One Piece Of Advice They Would Give To Young Artists