Seven painters to follow on Instagram




I luuuurve Instagram, it’s my most favourite way to see new art as it’s made, fresh from the studio of the artists who make it.

I decided to make a list of seven of the artists (mainly painters) I like to follow on Instagram – I follow 1173 people right now, so to make my choice I picked people who have impressed me lots over the last couple of weeks, but also have been doing so for several months now. It’s not a definitive list, but if you are new to Instagram and are looking for a good place to start, then these are some that I love, and perhaps you will too!

In no particular order:

  1. @zoozoonyao

Coulorful, crazy, cute and weird. The posts are in Japanese, but the pictures speak for themselves anyway.


2. @lindseybullartist

Ethreal, creepy, at times humorous. Reminds me a little of Elizabeth Peyton.

Opening this evening @londonartfair New work with @boleegallery and @llegallery

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3. @_thunderfries

Leeds art wonder Emily Cullen is ‘Thunder Fries’ – when she’s not putting on art shows, she’s setting up feminist art happenings, and creating her own paintings and drawings too, as well as running a bar. Wow!


4. @katja.tukiainen

Kitsch, twisted, cute, turning a feminine, girly aesthetic into something more radical. Makes me think of Angela Carter books and kawaii dolls.

🌍🌏🌎Wish You Joy, Peace, Love & Happiness! 🌎🌏🌍#2017 #katjatukiainen

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5. @buttonfruit

Gill Button, paints portraits of fashionable beauties. At times inky and watery like Marlene Dumas, at other times fleshy and bold like Chantal Joffe.

Old story x

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6. @nao_tatsumi

Whimsical, naiive style illustrations in pastel shades and pencil crayons, showing everyday scenes from life in Japan, and childlike drawings from the imagination.


7. @kotamiyazaki8

I know absolutely nothing about this person, as they have only posted some beautifully atmospheric paintings of trees over the last 6 months. That’s all I can tell you!

So, apart from no.7 who I know nothing about, I seem to have chosen female artists for my list, though this wasn’t deliberate. I follow men as well, of course! I guess that in the interests of fairness I ought to do another post soon about 7 male Instagrammers I follow. —————————————————

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