It's officially the season to be jolly which, for some, means gift giving. We've teamed up with Better Shared to bring to you a list of artists that you can buy from this season to brighten up the winter of a loved one. All the artists listed below have their work listed on Better Shared - a leading platform to discover and shop contemporary art by some of today's most exciting emerging artists from Africa and the diaspora. Use the code 'Yellow10' for 10% off your purchase.
Aislinn's illustrations focus on concepts of race, identity, and femininity in an attempt to disseminate and celebrate aspects of black culture and beauty in a world dominated by “Western” concepts and aesthetics.
A. Maria creates intricate pen and ink drawings that reflect her Caribbean heritage. Raithatha's latest series continues to draw on history that has helped shape the Caribbean, entitled - 'In memory of all those who went before. The storms may batter us but we hold on!'
Birungi Kawooya, as seen in Stylist and Buzzfeed creates creating collages featuring black women, dancers and nature by hand cutting paper silhouettes and pairing them with vibrant African textiles. "I create art I want to see more of in the wider world."
Nigerian-born UK-based fashion stylist turned artist and designer Caroline Chinakwe’s latest artistic project, ‘Colourism.’ Conceived against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020, Chinakwe’s ‘Colourism’ series was created in response to racial inequalities and injustices experienced by black people all over the world. These events then sparked conversations about the internal issues within the global black community that divide people along lines of ‘tones’ and ‘features.’
Line and Honey is a brand created by London based artist; Amberlee Green. Centering the visibility and unapologetic attitude of women of colour, combined with warm neutral palettes, urban botanicals and ceramics.
Natasha is a London based hyperrealist artist, exploring skin and its unique markings such as freckles. Her work beauty of the body explores the diversity of beauty and body positivity whilst simultaneously shaking off the male gaze.
Nicole Osula is a self-taught British Nigerian-Sierra Leonean Photographer, Creative Director and Stylist based in London. Her imagery explores colour, texture and elements of randomness; themes that are woven into her work via her use of styling, hair and makeup. The motivation behind Nicole’s portraits stems from wanting to highlight the people who look like her - her subjects of black skin a statement that they too are art, with an array of features and complexions worthy of capture. Nicole’s imagery has featured in CRWN Magazine, Portrait of Humanity Vol 2 and Marie Claire Hungary, and has been displayed in Mayfair’s Stork Restaurant, France, Malaysia, the US, India and Space.
Established in 2020, Rochelle Ayele is a creative studio based in London specialising in artwork celebrating people of colour, human interaction and self-authenticity. Article by Yellow in collaboration with Better Shared.