5 Artists You Need to Discover this Month

It's a new month, and we have five artists for you to discover. Whether you're into photography, film, digital art, textiles, sculptors or performance art, there's someone here for everyone.

1.Ryan Eccleston

The Strike

First up, we have chosen Jamaica photographer and filmmaker, Ryan Eccleston. Much of Eccleston's youth was spent travelling across America, Israel and Egypt, which has contributed to his unique view of the world. His work explores the state of humanity through issues such as identity, culture, faith, economics, and legacy.

Eccleston has been shortlisted for a Cannes Film Award for his film Jonkonno Nuh Dead (2022.)

2.Gio Swaby

Image: Gio Swaby, Pretty Pretty 8 (detail), 2021, Thread and cotton fabric on Muslin © Gio Swaby

Gio Swaby is a Bahamian multidisciplinary artist. Formally recognised by the Bahamian government on their most recent independence day, Gio is is known for her textile portraits which celebrate and explore the intricacies of Black identity and Womanhood. Her work has been described as somewhat of a love letter to Black women.

Learn more about here current exhibition here.

3.Dennis Osadebe

Image: Hoop Dreams © Dennis Osadebe

Our third pick is Nigerian mixed-media artist and sculptor, Denis Osadebe. Best known for his bold post-pop style which he describes as "NEO", Osadebe aims to innovate modern perceptions surrounding African art and culture, as defined through the Western lens. Using positive and progressive imagery in his art, Osadebe seeks to project an Africa that is rich in culture, complex and unlimited by external perspectives. 

Osadabe is currently exhibiting his new series, Modern Magic, with the KÖNIG GALERIE in London, closing July 16 2022.

4.Mamus Esiebo

Bicycle Boy

Mamus Esiebo is a self-taught visual artist and graphic designer from Lagos, Nigeria. His work focuses on the common people whose lives although seemingly controlled by politics and media, are often budding at their core with real human experiences and emotion. Esiebo hopes to project a sense of positivity and optimism to those who interact with his art, in a world that at times appears overwhelmed by darkness. 

5.Enam

Image: Enam Gbewonyo, Nude Me/ Under the Skin

Our final pick is British Ghanaian textiles and performance artist, Enam Gbewonyo. Just selected for Kehinde Wiley's Black Rock residency. Gbewonyo artistic practice examines identity, womanhood and humanity, awakening our collective conscious to the truth of our world's dark histories in an effort to promote healing. 

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