Top 10 artists to follow on Instagram

Discover some of the most creative artists on Instagram! If you have a passion for the arts and want to support the artistic community, we turn our attention to ten of our favourite Instagram accounts…

There’s a great amount of pleasure to be had from choosing a piece of art to display in your home. Where there is so much choice, it is often our emotions and instincts that guide us to the perfect masterpiece. Colours, patterns, movement and textures can all help you to discover something new and unexpected. Art offers us the chance to explore new thoughts, perceptions, and associations. Thinking about how a picture could complement your interiors, and how it can make you feel as you proudly admire it for years to come, is a must. 

If you’re interested in purchasing artwork for investment purposes then most experts recommend that you develop expertise and knowledge in the art market, but if you are showcasing pictures in your home simply because they appeal to your own taste then there are no set rules. However, there are some great online courses available to enrol in via Coursera. ‘Modern art and ideas’ and ‘What is contemporary art?’ are good places to start. With recent announcements that The Royal Academy of Arts are re-scheduling their annual Summer Exhibition to the 6th October, we took to Instagram to seek out both established and emerging artists who have created inspiring profiles to follow. 

1. cocodavez

Coco Dávez is a multidisciplinary artist from Madrid who’s bright and vibrant work combines photography with colourful painting. She’s known for collaborating with brands such as Chanel, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier, and her work has been exhibited across the world. She released her first book in 2018, and was awarded the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for an influential profile within the world of art and culture.

2. so.whart

Follow this artist from the Netherlands for spellbinding, resplendent colour combinations, created using acrylic paint on canvases. Each post is accompanied by a verse from a poem. 


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Chemistry Of Mitochondrial Explosion __________________________________________________ «tell the flowers—they think the sun loves them. The grass is under the same simple-minded impression about the rain, the fog, the dew. And when the wind blows, it feels so good they lose control of themselves and swobtoggle wildly around, bumping accidentally into their slender neighbors. Forgetful little lotus-eaters, solar-powered hydroholics, drawing nourishment up through stems into their thin green skin, high on the expensive chemistry of mitochondrial explosion, believing that the dirt loves them, the night, the stars— reaching down a little deeper with their pale albino roots, all Dizzy Gillespie with the utter sufficiency of everything. They don’t imagine lawn mowers, the four stomachs of the cow, or human beings with boots who stop to marvel at their exsquisite flexibility and color. They persist in their soft-headed hallucination of happiness. But please don’t mention it. Not yet. Tell me what would you possibly gain from being right?» ( T. H.) Acrylic pouring on three part canvas 125×45 __________________________________________________ #acrylic_painting #acrylicpouring #acrylicwork #acrylicart #art_spotlight #instaart #artinspiration #acrylicart #artsy #instaabstract #abstractart #abstractpainting #fluidart #fluidpainting #fluidwork #fluidpouring #contemporarypainting #colorpainting #contemporaryart #contemporaryartists #acrylicamsterdam #amsterdam

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3. sarabandefoundation

Sarabande was established by the late designer, Lee Alexander McQueen. The foundation supports and champions creative individuals by providing scholarships and studio space for artists, and promoting them in events.

Through their Instagram page, they often share works by their artists, along  with video interviews, snippets from magazine articles and exhibition news, so this is an ideal account to follow if you have an interest in all things art. 


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The Sarabande Summer Group Show 2020 introduces @stephen.doherty He draws, paints and prints- Stephen is a artistic triple-threat. Embracing the soft and delicate nature of flowers and the human figure, his work explores the world and people around him, their relationships and shared experience. 1st September marks the day Stephen will be at the Sarabande main space to chat with, and will be around throughout the exhibition period! So if you’re a fan of Stephen, book your ticket now! Tickets and more info available in the bio!✨ AUGUST 19th – SEPTEMBER 13th WEEKDAYS 10-17:00pm THURSDAYS ‘til 20:00pm with 🍸Bloody Mary Brunches 🍹from 10-12:00pm Weekend bookings- events@sarabandefoundation.org

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4. a3design.studio

Alanis Forde, Akilah Watts and Anna Gibson are three Barbadian artists who on a mission to beautify their local communities and preserve their cultural Caribbean history by painting street murals around Barbados. Through their Instagram account, the three friends document the various projects they take on around the Island and share their creative process. 


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Influencer @justkween posing in front of Instagram floral wall mural completed by @barbadianmural 💕✨🌸✨💕

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5. open_dawe

James Dawe represents everything that is wonderful about visual artists on Instagram. Based in London, he always seems to be one step ahead of the game with his ‘eclectic postmodernism’ style. His Instagram feed is cleverly planned to display whole masterpieces across multiple posts, featuring edgy collage pieces and digital manipulation. His work has been commissioned by Porsche, The Natural History Museum and the British Fashion Council.  

6. tishkbarzanji

Tishk Barzanji is a visual artist based in London. His art gives a nod to the modernism movement and surrealism, and his passion for architecture certainly comes through in his work. A lot of his atmospheric, urban paintings are inspired by his childhood growing up in Kurdistan and his move to London in 1997. He has worked with Rockefeller, New York Times, V & A museum, Somerset house, NET-A-PORTER and Gucci.

7. petertarka

Established digital artist and art director Peter Tarka created incredible immersive illustrations and 3D pieces. Peter’s feed has a neutral, beige, dream-like aesthetic with calming landscapes and contemporary forms.

8. Matthewburrowsstudio

Matthew Burrows drew attention to the struggles of artists by founding the #artistsupportpledge @artistsupportpledge which is committed to an equitable and sustainable economy for artist and makers of all countries, media and ethnicities. Matthew’s paintings are ‘reflective, thoughtful and slow to reveal a complex structural space of marks, shapes and pigment.’


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ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE ‘Nightscape 3’ Ref: (NS-3) 2020 Acrylic ink on Handmade paper 26.5 x 21 cm (approx) £200 Please DM (message) me for details. ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE is a generous culture and dynamic economy in support of artists and makers. The concept is a simple one, post images of your work to sell for NO MORE (can be less) than $200 (£200, €200, ¥20000) each (not including shipping.) Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach $1000 of sales you pledge to buy another artist/s work for $200. So make a pledge and post your work using #artistsupportpledge and follow the #. keep updated on news and further opportunities @artistsupportpledge and www.artistsupportpledge.com So make a pledge and post your work using #artistsupportpledge and follow the #. keep updated on news and further opportunities @artistsupportpledge Repost and tell your friends, colleagues and collectors. For a users guide please see the HOW TO posts @artistsupportpledge Here’s my IN VIEW do check out their accounts: Artist Support Pledge is a generous culture in support of artists and makers. ©️and ™️ 2020 Matthew Burrows all rights reserved. #livegenerously #contemporaryart #agenerousculture #culture #generosity #art #makers #framers #livecreatively #exhibtgenerosity #generosityisinfectious #unityindiversity #neweconomy #supportartists #matthewburrows @artistsupportpledge @vigogallery #abstractpainting #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #ink #indianink #khadipaper @khadipapers #nature #landcape #wildernessculture #solitude

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9. Joeddennis

This inspirational artist combines close-up photos, charcoal and chalk pieces, planting schemes, mood boards and workshop interiors. Her feed has a sophisticated look, and you fully appreciate the creative expertise that goes into each masterpiece. 


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#newwork #wip #assemblage forming in my studio yard

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10. artist_gardener

Dimitri Launder from Peckham is proof that an artist doesn’t have to stick to paints and pencils. The artist gardener’s popular Instagram account stressed the importance of climate chance through contemporary art and creative practices. He also organises produces online and gallery exhibitions, interviews with practitioners and public workshops. 


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#KominkaPlantHouse popping this morning with succulent Echevena & Eschscholzia • #plants #succulents #garden

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