Jennifer Moreman paints abstracts and portraits using watered-down acrylics to meld layers of color. Based in the Lone Star State, she transforms natural subjects—like the Texas longhorn—into expressive, extravagantly colorful figures.
Julian Rapp makes art that looks satisfyingly tactile by layering newspaper, spray paint, or just big acrylic brushstrokes. He counts some of the most envelope-pushing artists—like Basquiat and Picasso—among his influences, yet Rapp’s pieces look completely right for 2013. The artist lives and paints in Brooklyn.
Working in her Decatur, GA, studio, Michelle Armas creates sizzling abstract paintings. She plays with scale, moving between large formats and more delicate sizes. Armas paints in both oil and acrylic, and has a degree in graphic design from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
Sarah Walton’s illustrations look straight out of a fashionable storybook. Working on a sewing machine in her England studio, Walton often features vintage fabrics for a woman’s dress or the back of a chair. As for channeling her creativity through a needle and thread, the artist says that she loves the “imperfect nature of the stitched line.”
The artist Michel Valenton, known as Aeropagita, emigrated from the Philippines almost a decade ago. She now works in Brooklyn, but one can see a radiant Southeast Asian aesthetic in her paintings. Aeropagita thinks of her art as a type of “self-help,” with bright colors swimming on the surface and guiding spiritual forces below.