My social media usage is usually just scrolling through artists on Instagram, looking for new ideas and inspiration. Of course, there’s always a little bit of the usual staying in touch and finding the best memes ever! But mainly, my Instagram is for stalking artists and what they’re up to! This is my list of my top 10 artists on Instagram, in no order and I’ll probably write copious amounts of follow up blogs with all of the new artists I find or those I’ve left out!
Louise Bonnet Studio – Her weird and wonderful surrealist paintings offer a Dali-like representation with added comical absurdity. I like the added mix of publication shots and nods to other artist’s work too. (Photo via her Instagram page, linked.)
Olimpia Piccoli – Minimal abstraction in that really pleasing on the eye, design-led style. Her sketchbook studies and layered paint really add that “I just did this whatever” element. Her photos are effortless in the way they are mainly unstaged. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Ellen Rolli – Ohhh the joys of textured paint, mixing with a clean white paint, layered with a single outline or drawn on the line. These are some of the many joys when scrolling through Ellen’s artwork. Her style resonated through, her own brand of abstraction is clean yet dirty, drawn yet organic. Balanced to perfection. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Sharon Monagle – Sharon’s quirky yet almost classical impressionist paintings are such a joy to see. I feel there are references to Van Gough and Munch within her work in form and texture. This gives her paintings wich could be seen as quite “old school” a new twist, offering harmonious colour pallets and unexpected pops of a feature pigment. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Brian Malpasso – Brian’s own brand of expressionism combines scribble like paintwork with carefully constratuced lines of colour. His pallet seems jarring at first, but for me, it’s easy to spot a harmony within his colour selections. (Photo via his Instagram page linked.)
Hannah Bielecki – Her Instagram feed is joy spreading a mix of stunning scenery and artwork combined. Most of Hannah’s artwork draws from the textures within nature and seem to be created whilst in situ during her various outdoor adventures. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Mala Petit Art – Her surrealist abstracted textures make for seriously pleasing viewing! With added flecks of gold and neon, the works have a serious kick as well as being delicate and healing in property. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Ingrid Ellison – Natural textures, abstracted compositions and earth toned colour pallets all present in Ingrid Ellison’s artwork. With sketchbook shots and studio glimpses, it’s a scroll worthy account of her artistic journey. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Katie Jobling – a heavyweight in the artists on Instagram field, her work combines classical impressionist painting with landscape and personalisation. She’s a successful businesswoman as well as a social media personality in the art world. Her tutorials and product line have legions of fans and a very loyal following. (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Happy D Artist – Another big name in the artists on Instagram playing field, her no-nonsense art advice is used by many artists and art student looking for actually usable guidance outside of their studies and practice. Her vlogs and tutorials are addictive – we just wish she’d create lots more! (Photo via her Instagram page linked.)
Do you have any other artists on Instagram that you love to follow? If so, please leave them in the comments below – I’m always on the look out for more inspiration!