Meet the next generation of artists.
Artists have taken to Instagram to share their work and connect with industry members previously inaccessible. The resulting work opportunities have allowed many of these artists to build out careers, growing their business network and influence with each post. Accredited by the companies they work with, earned media and reach online, Instagram is an artists’ most important public entity.
A few artists have developed a practice, style and following that has resonated within the industry, these are Fashion’s chosen children, the collage artists of Instagram whose work you’ve undoubtedly ‘liked’.
Scottish collage artist Portis Wasp has amassed an online presence for his Disney inspired works. Responding to new releases with his fast paced adaptations of magazine covers to campaigns, Wasp understands that being first is the only place in fashion. Commissioned works from VMAN, Paper, to Harper’s Bazaar, blogging for MTV and ASOS, and a top featured artist, Wasp is a leading digital collage artist now represented by the Jed Root.
The Queen of England’s face has been immortalized on Rihanna’s most iconic fashion moments, splashed across her and every fashion lover’s Instagram page. Copy and pasting a moment this past year, London’s Freddie Smithson became an Internet sensation with his graphic paradigms that captures fashion and culture in a silent meme. Freddie’s flat and complex GIF artworks have been used by Calvin Klein, Adobe, Selena Gomez to Drake.
When the Editor-in-Chief of British GQ, Dylan Jones (@dylanjonesgq) reposts an artistic interpretation of his magazine (with Cara Delevingne) cover the same day, you pay attention. London’s Adam Sheikh has less than a thousand followers, but his sparkle animations, neon outlines and kitschy collage aesthetic feel very in the now, and top editors are in the know.
Pablo Thecuadro of Madrid has used his photography and technical craftsmanship to build a bridge into the world of high-fashion. A merger of analog and digital collage that’s near indistinguishable, Thecuadro commissioned works for GQ, W Magazine, Nike, New Balance, Vogue, and ID Spain show a highly distinctive style.
The shove-it attitude of fashion is best expressed in the outspoken analog collages of Patrick Waugh. Founder of BOYOstudio, a personal publication turned signature style, Waugh’s ‘90’s-inspired collages have recently been in a collection with Versace, a zine for HERO magazine and an installation at Selfridges with Vetements make him one to watch.
Ernesto Artillo is an artist in every sense of the word, adorned by fashion houses Loewe, Deplozo, Izzue, to Lane Crawford for his ability to create collages in flat and physical dimensions. Installation work, collage in real space, and the integration of designer garments have propelled Artillo of Andalucia into a category of his own.
Cali-boy Patrick Keohane speaks to traditional analog artwork with his brash cuts and layered works. Keohane’s art evokes a sense of wonder with Galore, Salvatore Ferragamo to Bella Hadid splashing his work across their pages, blurring the lines between paid and personal work in a successful marketing tact.