The art world is often serious and conceptual, always trying to seem clever and philosophical about this strange world that we live in. And, while that is great, sometimes we just want to look at art that is fun! So, for those days when you are looking for an extra dose of happiness, here are 9 artists whose work is guaranteed to make you smile!
Farbod Mehr @farbodmmehr
Based in London, but with roots in Iran, Farbod Mehr puts a 21st century twist on traditional Persian imagery, and we love it! Just look at this work, how many art girls can relate to a similar situation with art boys both past and present?!
The art world’s Barbie is guaranteed to make you smile no matter what. Often topping the best dressed lists at arty parties around the globe, Pandemonia is also a bona fide artist herself, with her works bursting with as much colour and personality as she is.
Fernando Botero @fernando_botero0108
There’s just something about those trademark curves in Fernando Botero’s paintings that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A particular favourite is this recreation of the Mona Lisa, who is both cute and comforting.
Camilla Engstrom @camillamengstrom
The cover-girl for our Happiness Issue, Camilla Engstrom’s work is super colourful and playful. As a bonus, Camilla is just as fun too, brightening up our IG feeds every day by dancing in front of her paintings.
Kehinde Wiley @kehindewiley
Who doesn’t love Kehinde Wiley? Ever since Kehinde’s portrait of Barack Obama was unveiled the art world hasn’t been able to get enough of him. His super iconic paintings are full of pattern, colour, style and positivity, and we love them!
Ripsy May @ripsymay
Ripsy May’s works are wacky and childlike and exactly what everyone needs right now. Never holding back, the artist/musician always creates works that will make you smile!
Marlene Steyn @marlenehettie
Marlene Steyn’s works are super surreal and whimsical, while all the while being totally female-centric. This work that she made in quarantine is mega-dreamy and radiates positivity.
Nina Chanel Abney @ninachanel
Famous for her block colours and iconic characters, Nina Chanel’s work brings the good vibes we need to keep us going. We just can’t get enough.
Gahee Park @gaheepark_meow
There is something sexy and delicious about Gahee Park’s work, which often focuses on couples around the dinner table. But then she goes one step further, and adds a cat, and we just can’t help but smile!
Text Lizzy Vartanian