Young artists to place your bets on

19 February 2022
The Straits Times

The works of artmakers below 35 years old offer the possibility of a significant return on investment. Here are eight artists under the age of 35 you should not miss out on collecting.

Joshua Kane Gomes, 29
Malaysian artist Joshua Kane Gomes’ recent sculptures are an interesting study of the mind of the artist, who had considered giving up art after graduating from NAFA in 2017. He was given his big break by gallerist Richard Koh, who says he likes Gomes’ “uncanny ability” to combine vulnerability with levity. Gomes had his first solo show at Richard Koh Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur in 2019.

Israfil Ridhwan, 23
Israfil Ridhwan’s provocative, narrative-driven paintings are characterised by a dramatic use of shadow or chiaroscuro. Subtly menacing, they exude an undercurrent of sexuality. After graduating from NAFA in 2020, he went on to have his first solo show at Cuturi Gallery last year and his works sold out. His paintings are done mostly in oils but have included spray paint and acrylic marker.

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