5 Emerging Artists to Invest in Today! (2023)

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At Easel Investing, we mostly focus on established and Blue Chip artists. However, we also like to explore emerging artists from time to time, looking for those with the potential to become Blue Chip in the future. In this vein, we’ve selected five emerging artists for you to consider for investment. Please note: we avoid considering artists too early in their careers due to the high risks for investors. As a result, the following artists have already made a mark in the art world, with international exhibitions and support from mid-tier galleries.

#1. Ivy Haldeman

We feel strongly enough about Ivy Haldeman’s prospects as an Emerging artist that we devoted an entire report to her which you can read here.

Ivy Haldeman at François Ghebaly

#2. Qualeasha Wood

Qualeasha Wood at Art Basel Miami

Qualeasha Wood might be the most famous of this list’s 5 emerging artists. However, due to the medium in which she works (woven fabric), she does not have any cheap editions or affordable originals. This holds her back from being collected by beginner investors, but this doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be on the radar of art collectors in case investment opportunities from her come to market.

It might be smart to check the Masterworks platform for her works as their curators/buyers will definitely have this artist on their radar too.

#3. Baseera Khan and Misha Kahn

Screenshot from The Exhibit: Finding The Next Great Artist

We have chosen Baseera Khan and Misha Kahn because we believe that one of them will win MTV’s The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist TV show. Bear in mind that they share a last name but do not work together or related in any way; It is purely coincidental that they are the two most accomplished of the six Emerging artists on the show. It is my thought that they were chosen with the intention that both would make it to the final final three, from which the competition’s ultimate winner is chosen. Both artists have exhibited internationally and in significant US Museums, and are on the right path to become ‘Established’.

Left: Misha Kahn, Right: Baseera Khan

The prize of exhibiting at the Hirshorn Museum will go some way in supporting the career of the winner, and simply appearing on this show will add to the profile of the other even if they don’t win. In terms of ‘collect-ability’, Misha has a leg up on Baseera, only because he is more prolific.

#4. Emily Ludwig Shaffer

Shaffer Emily Ludwig at Galerie PACT

Emily Ludwig Shaffer is an Emerging artist that has exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions across the United States and Europe. What I’m waiting for from Shaffer are better looking prints. Her original paintings can be really nice and it would great if some of these were released as prints. Right now, the only real print option is the artwork below, which is OK (and perhaps a little pricey when compared to her originals). If you decide to look her up, you will also see that there is a small original of hers for about the same price as this limited edition print, which makes me further question why she has priced the print so high.

Emily Ludwig Shaffer, The No-No Dance, 2020, Edition of 99, $1,256

#5. Jean-Baptiste Bernadet

Jean-Baptiste Bernadet at Galerie Valentin, 2015

I recently came across the emerging artist Jean-Baptiste Bernadet among the editions that White Columns Gallery has for sale (White Column’s Bernadet editions are for sale for US$150 – see below). And then to my surprise, he also turned up in Artsy trending artists for March 2023 list, up 1000% in inquiries from the month earlier, perhaps due to his collaboration the French fashion brand, Études.

Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Untitled, 2016, Xerox print, Edition of 50, $150

If editions are not your thing, his paintings will set you back more than US$20,000. I’m not the biggest fan of his work, but sometimes you cannot ignore what collectors are searching for, and its not like I couldn’t live with his work on my walls (they are pleasant enough), made all the more pleasant if I am intending to sell his work for a profit.

Final thoughts

If you are interested in emerging artists as an investment, it is advisable to stay away from website like Etsy, Temu, and Ebay to avoid cheap or inauthentic reproductions.

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