Buying emerging art is the equivalent of investing in frontier market equities. Rather than buying the global names that appear in the big auctions of the best galleries, you invest in the artistic equivalent of Mongolia or Cambodia: the young artists coming out of MA programmes.




David Stevenson
The Financial Times

Maarten van den Bos

Collecting work by emerging artists is the best way to begin investing in art.  Following the huge success of Parts I, II, III and IV of our Invest in Art series, our Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson has chosen 12 new emerging artists of great promise from around the world.

Maarten Van Den Bos has an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. He works from found images and memories, exploring the material qualities of the medium of painting. He was nominated for the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 at the ICA, London, and exhibits extensively throughout the UK. 

"Works by emerging artists have the potential to increase in value and they are also much more affordable than "brand name" artists’ works.

Peter Doig made his famous painting, White Canoe (1990-1), while studying at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. It sold in 2007 at Sotheby's for £5.7 million.

Buying art as an investment might not be important to you but it's still exciting to imagine that the work you are buying could be by a future art star - and that you got there first."

Michael Covello

Michael Covello has an MFA from the University of South Florida and a BFA in Architecture, Art and Planning from Cornell University. His interest in architecture informs the painted spaces of his works, characterised by grids, perspective lines and imperfect geometry. He has won numerous awards for his works, was featured in New American Paintings' 2013 MFA survey of the best graduates, and has shown his work in many exhibitions in the US.


Louis Fratino

Louis Fratino was born in 1993 and is in his final year at   the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, where he was awarded the Morris Louis Scholarship. This year he won a place at the prestigious Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship. His paintings, deeply rooted in art history and characterised by vibrant colours and strange human figures, are already garnering attention around the world.

Melissa Loop

Melissa Loop’s works explore ideas of place and fantasies of exoticism in our age of globalism. For many of her works she has travelled to French Polynesia, going off the beaten track and spending weeks understanding the history, culture and local communities. Her paintings, based on these experiences, take months to complete. She is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship, has shown her works in many exhibitions in the US, and her works can be found in the collections of Microsoft and Target.

Rossina Bossio

Rossina Bossio was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and studied Visual Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and Fine Arts at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France. Her paintings and video works have been exhibited at the Imperial City Art Museum, Beijing; Grand Palais, Paris; Tribeca Cinemas, New York; Saint Claire’s Church Museum, Bogotá, among others.

Romina Meric

Romina Meric, originally from Turkey, has an MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BA with highest honors from Brandeis University. Her psychologically charged paintings ask a key question, as Meric puts it: not so much “Do you understand what I’m feeling?” as “How do I make you feel?” Since graduating she has shown her work in many group shows in New York and her work is in the collection of the Rose Art Museum, the Jimenez-Colon Colleccion, as well as private collections.

Clare Price

Clare Price has a BA from Central St Martin’s, London, and is studying for an MFA at Goldsmiths. Drawing on abstract expressionism, her paintings explore the materiality of paint through gestures, pours and stains. She has had several solo shows in London and participated in numerous group shows. She was shortlisted for the Dazed and Confused Emerging Artist Award, won the Acme Jessica Wilkes Award, and exhibited in the Marmite Prize for Painting.

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Pippa Young

Pippa Young has a 1st class BA from Falmouth University, UK. In her work she explores what happens when a photographic image is turned into paint, using a visual language which reflects, she says, not only contemporary concerns but also memories and the history underpinning where we are now. Pippa was shortlisted for 100 Painters of Tomorrow , an annual survey of the best up-and-coming painters, and for the Threadneedle Prize. She has exhibited in many shows and fairs across the UK.

Laura Smith

Laura Smith graduated in 2012 with an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She works from observation making timeless paintings in oil which sit at the point where still life and abstraction meet. She exhibited her work in this year’s prestigious Royal Academy Summer Show, and was shortlisted for the UK’s Threadneedle Prize and the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2011. 

Rebecca Wilson
Chief Curator and Director, Art Advisory, Saatchi Art




Bradley Wood

New York-based Bradley Wood studied at CalArts and Rhode Island School of Design. His figurative paintings are as much about the “luscious butteriness of oil paint” as they are narratives about characters in his imagination. This year he is having shows in New York, Toronto and London, and will be featured at Art Toronto and the Affordable Art Fair in New York.











One final note:
There are no guarantees when it comes to buying art and you should always feel happy with what you’re buying as it may be on your walls for a pleasurably long time. But if you are interested in the investment side of buying art then acquiring works by emerging artists is a great way to begin. We hope you enjoy our selection.

Devan Shimoyama

Devan Shimoyama graduated with an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2014. In 2013 he was awarded the Al Held Fellowship by Yale and he was selected by Dominic Molon, then chief curator of the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, to be featured in the annual MFA issue of New American Paintings. He describes his paintings as “dreamscapes… wholly magical and universally human.”



Ben Gooding

Ben Gooding has a 1st class BA from the Cambridge School of Art and an MFA from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. His minimalist works are a fine balance between a predetermined set of rules and the unpredictable consequences and imperfections of the human hand. Ben has had solo shows in London and exhibited at many art fairs across the UK.



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