5 artists you should get-to-know now

5 artists you should get-to-know now

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Image: Galerie Pom Pom
Image: George Byrne
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Image: Catherine Clayton- Smith
Image: Nazafarin Lofti

Desperate for a mid-week cultural refresher? Add these five artists to your wall hanging-want lists.

Chris Dolman

With a sly wink and a tongue pressed against cheek, Sydney-based Victorian College of the Arts graduate and multi-disciplinary artist Chris Dolman delivers his work with an irreverent and almost cartoonish sensibility. Working in predominately earthenware and mixed-media collages, his work has a fantastic energy that rides the high-low line between pop, geometric abstraction and surrealism.  

Death Wobbles is showing until June 21 at MOP Projects,

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Sarah Mosca

With a certain quiet beauty, Sydney photomedia artist Sarah Mosca's images possess that hard-to-nail stillness that truly makes the heart beat faster.  Focusing on form, movement, light and the abstract, Mosca's practice is more like an act of slowing down than a manic act of artistic expression. Mosca is also a curator and the co-founder for contemporary collective Super Kaleidoscope

Sarah Mosca's works are currently on show in New York at Interstate Projects as part of the gallery's U:L:O program until July 12, and will also be shown as part of the group show, Everything & Nothing, June 26-July 25 at Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney,

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Catherine Clayton-Smith

There's something primal at the root of Sydney painter and National Art School Graduate, Catherine Clayton-Smith's work. It's in her movement, her method and the dense concentration in which she communicates in vivid, abstract colour. So for her first solo show, there could not have been a better title than Spirit Level - it opens next week and is a show that aspiring collectors should mark in with a red dot in their diary.

Spirit Level opens at Alaska Projects June 24- July 5,

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George Byrne

For those who dream in a David Hockney-like leisure state with modernist shapes and highly saturated vistas, and aren't following Australian-born, LA-based photographer George Byrne on Instagram, stop what you're doing and tap @george_byrne.  You see, Byrne's work just makes you feel good. Yeah, with every shot we all get a dose of heavy summer-sadness via blue skies and dusty shadows, but his architectural eye and energetic composition makes it all worthwhile. 

George Byrne's work is currently on exhibition as part of Australian and International Contemporary Photography group show at Olsen Irwin until June 21,

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Nazafarin Lotfi

Born in Iran and based in Chicago, mixed-media artist Nazafarin Lotfi  seems to be driven purely by senses. Working with mediums, such as papier mache,  found objects, wood, pen and a plethora of monochromatic paint, Lotfi layers, pushes, moulds and builds with the idea of more is more is more. Her work changes ever so slightly from every viewing angle, amplifying each expressive scratch with a jolt.

Nazafarin Lotfi's work Indexical Realness is showing until July 12 at ClubMonaco store in South Hampton, New York

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