Five British artists to invest in

Kev Munday 'Vibrant Crowd'
Bold and beautiful: Kev Munday is inspired by South American tribal art Credit: Kev Munday

If you’re looking to invest in British art, now is a great time. Discover five artists creating unique offerings, that would look great on any wall.

The Brits are currently serving up a mighty fine dish of creative individuals for us to feast our eyes upon. You can even have your own piece of their artistic pie, too, because many of their works can be found on the online auction house catawiki.com.

The Up-and-Comers

Nathan James

Nathan James has no particular style, and nor does he want to. Predictable is boring, after all, and that is certainly not how you could describe the work of this distinct artist. His latest works, Creepshow and Faceless, are exactly that. Seduced by the unglamorous side of popular culture, twisted faceless characters melt into one another, leaving the viewer confused, intrigued and curious to see more. Disconnection and disengagement are key in James’s work, a stark contrast to today’s society.

Definitely not predictable: Nathan James' 'Pizza Dude' Credit: Nathan James

“There’s nothing for the viewer to connect with, latch onto and gain a foothold. It’s as if the blinds are drawn; we’ve lost our peephole and can only guess at what’s going inside by the turmoil being expressed on the surface.” – Nathan James

Matt Lambert

In his spare time and at the ripe old age of 23, Matt founded his own charity, Pass It On Africa, and also started the cheeky superhero-themed charity run, Heroes Run, which takes place every year in London and Brighton and annually raises more than £80,000 for charities. His day job, you ask? An excellent emerging artist whose work stands out by expressing today’s appetite for consumption.

“My work questions whether advertisers are manipulative masterminds or simply people, inevitably stuck in the same traps as their prey, their own will an all-consuming myth. This society numbs us to our own and others’ true needs. It creates the illusion of control and masks our vulnerabilities and fears.” – Matt Lambert

Working on surfaces ranging from canvas to magazine covers, Lambert is influenced by African cultures, celebrity magazines, cities, branding, and superheroes. His work embodies the art of juxtaposition and provokes the viewer to think hard about the modern world.  

Kev Munday

Happy-go-lucky Kev Munday will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face with his unique style that defies age and offers up a distinctly off-the-wall approach.

“My goal is to make people think and smile at the same time and I hope that my work communicates as much to a seven-year-old kid as it does to a serious art collector.”

Something for everyone: Kev Munday's 'Peace and Love and Music' Credit: Kev Munday

Deckchairs, violins, skateboards, clothing and buildings – there is no object that does not deserve the delights of Kev Munday. Using an assortment of mediums, from marker pens to digital art, Munday finds his inspiration from Japanese kawaii graphics, South American tribal art and the sheer energy and movement of colour. Munday is slowly but surely making his way to the big time having already been commissioned by Disney and Fracture Skateboards to brighten up their brands.

The Industry Leaders

Ben Eine

More than 20 years of work has seen Ben Eine arrested, convicted for criminal damage and narrowly avoid jail time, all for the love of art. It’s a case of high risks but evidently for high reward, because today Eine is considered one of the most successful street artists in the world and the pioneer behind graffiti letterforms.

His big starry break came in 2010, when David Cameron, who had recently become prime minister, gifted President Barack Obama, on his first official state visit to the UK, with Eine’s artwork part of the ceremonial exchange of gifts. Since then, the sky’s the limit.

In 2013 Virgin Atlantic took Eine’s work above ground level and exhibited it in the upper class clubhouses of London Heathrow, New York JFK and Newark airports, creating the first ever commercial art gallery in the air. From tagging the London Underground to designing limited-edition scarves for Louis Vuitton, this Brit boy with no formal artistic training has made quite a nice life for himself. And he has worked with and is friends with the Scarlet Pimpernel of graffiti art, Banksy. Enough said. Invest now!

Nick Walker

Bristol boy Nick Walker emerged from the city’s graffiti scene of the 1980s. Intricate and controlled, Walker’s art often features a bowler-hatted, dapper-looking chap called “vandal”, who is often painting love hearts or chucks his paint over city walls.

“I try to add an element of humour and irony to my paintings, to add a little light relief to the walls. Painting is a form of escapism for me and if my world allows the spectator to do the same thing, then I’ve achieved more than I set out to do.” – Nick Walker

Writing's on the wall: Nick Walker's 'Boombox Vandal' Credit: Nick Walker

This humour and irony haven’t gone unnoticed by art collectors. In 2006, Walker’s spray-painted work Moona Lisa sold for a whopping £56,000 at Bonham’s auction house in London. In 2008, tickets for Walker’s show in London and LA sold like hotcakes and even saw eager collectors queue for more than 24 hours to get their paws on a print by the forerunner of the British graffiti phenomenon.

To find work from these five fantastic artists, go to the modern art auctions of catawiki.com

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