Minimalist Artists to watch in 2023

Since the early 20th century, minimalism has become one of the most popular art movements, due to its simple and pared-down aesthetic. From sculpture to photography to architecture, minimalist aesthetics can be seen everywhere. In the years to come, we’ll see a lot more art from emerging and established minimalist artists who manage to say so much in a captivating way with as little as possible.

In this article, I present my favorite artists to watch in 2023. And as always, I don’t want to commit to the art movement of minimalism, but rather, free of definitions, introduce all the artists whose aesthetic is minimalist and based on simplicity.

Struan Teague

Struan Teague (b.1991, Edinburgh) is a visual artist living and working in London. His art practice is based on an exploration of the potential of simple pictorial materials and media such as oil, acrylic, spray paint, pencil, collage, dripping and recycled bits of paint found on his studio floor.

Teague’s artworks are highly self-referential, featuring automatized lines, doodles, gestures, small dabs of colour on textured grounds and off-centre compositions. These elements combine to create a visual language that defies critical dogmatism and conceptual rationalism, instead focusing on the inexhaustible poetic unfolding of the work.

Teague’s artworks are an exploration of the possibilities of the materials he works with, evidenced in his exploration of both large and small formats.

Minimalist Artist Struan Teague manages to say so much with his reductive art
Struan Teague, Untitled, pigment, dispersion, oil and pencil on linen, 160 x 110 cm, 2022
Minimalist Artist Struan Teague manages to say so much with his reductive art
Struan Teague, Untitled, acrylic, pigment, dispersion, oil and pastel on canvas, 200 x 140 cm, 2021

Antonia Ferrer

Antonia Ferrer, a contemporary artist, creates a unique visual experience by utilizing a minimalist approach with a single color per painting. This technique allows Ferrer to create an incredible depth and texture within her work, which can easily draw viewers in.

Ferrer often uses oil on primed canvas as her medium, and finishes most her paintings with an oak frame. This added element further creates a feeling of sophistication and timelessness within her work.

Read a full artist feature about her here: Contemporary Minimalism By Antonia Ferrer

Contemporary minimalist paintings by Antonia Ferrer
Antonia Ferrer, Cuerdas, Oil on primed canvas. 163x130x5cm. Framed in oak.
Contemporary minimalist paintings by Antonia Ferrer
Antonia Ferrer, Cuerdas, Oil on primed canvas. 50x50x5cm

Rahee Yoon

Rahee Yoon is a Seoul-based designer and artist. Her pieces are defined by the unique subtlety and composition imbued in each piece.

The materials used in her works are raw, but the results are erratic yet pleasing visuals. She takes a boundary-transcending approach towards her art, expressing herself in a simple and reticent manner. All of her works and interpretations are created from her own hands, in collaborations with special engineers in Seoul and small workshops across Korea.

Read a full artist feature about her and her latest work here: Rahee Yoon – Exploring Tradition Through Craft With Her ‘Ancient Brown’ Series

Weathered White by Rahee Yoon
Rahee Yoon, Weathered White from the Block Series, 2019
Block (Brown, Earthy Brown and Brown), 2020 / acrylic / 29 x 5 x 27(h) cm by Rahee Yoon
Rahee Yoon, Block (Brown, Earthy Brown and Brown), 2020, acrylic, 29 x 5 x 27(h) cm

Tycjan Knut

Tycjan Knut is a Polish artist born in 1985 in Warsaw. With his paintings and drawings, he creates subtle abstractions that echo a geometric tradition while also striving to break free from its constraints.

Knut employs a delicate use of tonal differences and subtle colours to create his reductive images, which also feature multi-level compositions that resemble the organic world. Intuition and imagination guide his artistic process, for which he is known for delving in archives and discovering forgotten or lesser-known abstract masters from the 1960s and 1970s. Knut currently resides in London.

Minimalist Art by Tycjan Knut
Tycjan Knut
Minimalist Art by Tycjan Knut
Tycjan Knut

Carla Cascales Alimbau

Carla Cascales Alimbau is an independent artist residing in Barcelona. Her practice encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including drawing, painting and sculpture, all of which share a distinctive aesthetic. She works with organic materials to create minimalist sculptures and paintings that celebrate imperfections and authenticity.

Her work is characterized by sensual lines and an earth-toned palette and always inspired by nature and the sea. Alimbau is dedicated to creating sustainable art that highlights the beauty of nature.

I visited Carla in her studio in Barcelona, read it here: Studio Visit in Barcelona

Visiting Carla Cascales Alimbau in Barcelona | Aesence Studiovisit
Carla Cascales Alimbau
Minimalist Sculpture by Barcelona Based Artist Carla Cascales Alimbau
Carla Cascales Alimbau, Dahlia Roja

Morgan Stokes

Morgan Stokes is an emerging artist from Australia who was born in 1990. His work explores the virtual world through painting and sculpture. He strives to show that paintings can be more than just images on a screen, but an experience that goes beyond likes and shares.

Stokes’ works embody a mindful experience, rejecting the sterile perfectionism of Minimalist art during the 1960s and early 1970s in favour of a more humanistic approach.  As a talented, emerging artist, Morgan Stokes is one to watch and his works are bold as well as thought-provoking.

See more of his work here: Morgan Stokes – Investigating The Concept Of Virtual Gaze

Pride and Reason, 2022
Pride and Reason, 2022
On Becoming, Patinaed brass

There are so many talented minimalist artists who express the beauty of simplicity with their art that it would be impossible to introduce them all in this article. But the work of these artists is sure to make a tremendous impact in the years to come. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what they have coming up for us in 2023.

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