10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week: January 21, 2021
In this weekly series, Artsy’s Curatorial and Editorial teams offer a look at the artworks that are currently gaining traction among collectors on Artsy. Looking at our internal data, we share a selection of works that Artsy members are engaging with through inquiries, page views, and saves, plus promising lots in current auctions. The following pieces are culled from recent online auctions and art fairs hosted on Artsy, as well as exhibitions and works added by our gallery partners.
France-Lise McGurn, So French (2020)
This dreamy, atmospheric canvas by the Glasgow-based artist France-Lise McGurn has received a number of inquiries. The work is emblematic of McGurn’s practice, wherein she produces intimate drawings and paintings, sometimes directly onto gallery walls, that transport audiences into her interior world. Her works were recently exhibited at Simon Lee Gallery’s London gallery last year, in a three-person show and a solo show titled “Percussia.” While this particular piece has now sold, similar works by McGurn are still available from Simon Lee.
Pan Jian, Lightening’s Edge-20200107 (2020)
This luminous canvas by Chinese artist Pan Jian has seen a flurry of interest. Experimenting with a combination of Eastern and Western painting techniques and inspired by both Song Dynasty landscapes and artists like Yves Klein, Gerhard Richter, and Rudolf Stingel, Pan aims to defy traditions and expand the limits of what a painting is and can do.
Shara Hughes, Finding Balance (2020)
Demand for this colorful etching by Shara Hughes has seen a recent uptick. Part of an edition of 25, the work is a vibrant and intimate translation of Hughes’s surreal painting practice. Aptly titled Finding Balance, the print reflects the artist’s inner state while working through the pandemic. As COVID-19 lockdowns became the new normal, we spoke to Hughes about turning to puzzles to relieve her anxieties. “There’s something about putting a puzzle together that gives my anxiety a place of rest,” she said. “I think I need to see something change, and see something completed.”
Marina Perez Simão, Untitled (2020)
Brazilian artist Marina Perez Simão was featured this month in Artsy’s “Trends to Watch in 2021: Return to Nature” article and collection. It was also recently announced that Simão joined Pace’s artist roster, following a presentation of her paintings alongside works by fellow Brazilian artist Sonia Gomes this past summer. Demand for this piece has since seen a steady increase.
Cui Jie, The Dolphins (2020)
Another artist pushing forward a burgeoning 2021 trend is the Shanghai-based artist Cui Jie. Recently included in Artsy’s “Trends to Watch in 2021: Colored Pencil Revival” article and collection, Cui renders impossible, sci-fi architectural structures and office furniture, reimagining what city life in China could look like and exploring the nation’s rapid and ongoing urbanization. Cui was also featured in The Artsy Vanguard in 2019 after gaining gallery representation with New York’s Metro Pictures and London’s Pilar Corrias.
Jammie Holmes, Untitled (Child Soldier Series) (2019)
This painting by Jammie Holmes has been racking up interest this week, which isn’t surprising given the Dallas-based artist’s rapid ascent this past year. In June 2020, Holmes paid an airborne tribute to George Floyd, broadcasting Floyd’s harrowing last words on banners carried by airplanes that flew above Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York. By December, works by Holmes began making their secondary-market debut with a splash. That month, another 2019 painting from Holmes’s “Child Soldier” series surpassed its high estimate of £6,000 ($8,010), selling for an astounding £23,940 ($31,960) at Phillips London.
David Yarrow, Giant (2020)
One of David Yarrow’s iconic wildlife photographs is seeing a surge in demand. Part of an edition of 12, the large-scale print is currently on view at a benefit show presented by the Global Wildlife Conservation. Titled “Art for Wildlife Rangers,” the exhibition brings together works by 22 of the world’s top wildlife photographers in order to help raise funds for rangers across the African continent whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. The sale will continue through January 31st.
Danielle Orchard, Bath with Cherries (2020)
Recently featured in Projet Pangée’s three-person show “Fantasy Body” alongside Rose Nestler and GaHee Park, this sensual drawing by Brooklyn-based artist Danielle Orchard has seen an increase in inquiries this past week. Orchard is currently represented by V1 Gallery in Copenhagen and Jack Hanley Gallery in New York.
T.S. Harris, Horizons (2020)
Part of Laguna Art Museum’s “California Cool” benefit auction, this sunny Americana painting by T.S. Harris is currently within reach of selling for double its high estimate. The work was created specifically for the auction, which closes on February 6th.
Hank Willis Thomas, All Li es Matter (2019)
An apropos sendoff for the previous U.S. presidential administration, this renowned print by Hank Willis Thomas currently on offer at Artsy and Forum Auctions’s “Contemporary Masters” sale has already passed its high estimate. Prior sales of this print have seen bids as much as double their high estimates. With this sale closing on January 28th, there is still ample time for bidding.