50+ Contemporary Artists to Keep an Eye on Featured in One Gallery Show

Audrey Kawasaki at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Ohana” by Audrey Kawasaki

The Spoke NYC gallery is known for its striking exhibitions of exciting contemporary painting, illustration, and sculpture, and its latest New York City exhibition lives up to its reputation. Called Suggestivism: Resonance, the show features over 50 contemporary artists from around the world that are at different points in their careers; some, like Audrey Kawasaki, are well-established while others are up-and-coming in their creative journeys.

Suggestivism is curated by Nathan Spoor, who selected the title to refer to the conceptual basis for which these works were created and therefore included in the show. “The term ‘suggestivism’ refers to the ability of an individual to pursue their purpose with an amplified understanding and sensitivity,” Spoor states in a press release. The artists involved in the show create vivid narrative art that invites us to imagine who these characters are and the worlds they inhabit. They do this through abstracted portraits, architecturally-inspired sculptures, and macabre paintings loaded with symbolism. While different in their approaches, each has a rich visual language to share.

Suggestivism made its debut at Spoke Art San Francisco in 2016; now, it’s on view at the gallery’s Lower East Side location with a book of the same name. The show is on currently on view through July 28, 2018.

Spoke NYC has a new exhibition on view called Suggestivism: Resonance, which highlights alluring narrative art from artists around the world.

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Parallel Self” by Sarah Joncas

Narrative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Bloom” by Kristen Reichert

Narrative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Metamorphosis” by Marisa Aragon Ware

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Phantom Rain” by Tanya Shatseva

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Black Hole In The Milky Way” by Tanya Shatseva

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Symbiosis” by Natalie Foss

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Loveloss – Salvation” by Meredith Marsone

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Loveloss – Reach” by Meredith Marsone

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Ave's Nest” by Amy Sol

Narrative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Qipao Mermaid” by Lauren YS

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Winter Road” by Dan May

Narrative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Nature of Mind” by Peca

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“They Hunt at Night” by Wendy Truong

Narrative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Premonition” by Nathan Spoor

Figurative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Akkorokamui Jr.” by Scott Musgrove

Narrative Art

“Rara Avis” by Johnny Rodriguez

Narrative Art at the Spoke Art Gallery

“Solace” by Miles Johnston

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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