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Top Ten Artists To Start Collecting in 2016: The Curator's Choice

Posted on July 21 2016

Lucy Baxter, CultureLabel's Commercial Director extraordinaire, oversees all things CultureLabel from handpicking the artists we work with, to running the website, to hunting down incredible partnerships such as our brand new Own Art initiative - an Arts Council England loan scheme that lets you safely and easily spread the cost of buying your art.

Why Own Art? 
We are really thrilled to be recognised as an Art Council approved gallery and be able to offer the incredible Own Art opportunity to our customers.

Own Art’s core objective is to support living artists by offering buyers the opportunity to spread the cost of an artwork over a 10 month period interest free with no additional charges -  0% finance! 

In other words you can buy a £300 artwork and only pay £30 a month for something beautiful that you will treasure for life and potentially pass on for generations" says Lucy.

Own Art finance can be applied to original art, jewellery and sculpture, so there’s a world of choice available on CultureLabel.

Here Lucy shares her top 10 list of exciting artists to start investing in now...



Lauren Baker is one to watch out for. Having recently created installations at the V&A, Tate Britain and her exhibition at The Ivy causing queues around the block - there is a very strong buzz around this exceptional artist.

This particular work is a classic example of Baker’s distinctive style. The intelligent use of layering and reflective material evokes a real sense of depth and joy.

Baker recently sold a piece of artwork for £420,000 - so we are extremely excited to be offering this exceptional opportunity to acquire that perfect investment piece from Baker, which is bound to appreciate in value, and fast!

 “Lauren Baker engages people in a unique and atmospheric way. She’s an artist we’ll definitely be watching out for” – The Tate

When You Made Me Laugh So Much I Cried - Lauren Baker

£98 a month for 10 months with Own Art.



Dan Baldwin is a firm favourite and has been for years!

Highly original and collectable, even Damien Hirst collects Baldwin’s works!  At the forefront of the new Young British Artists movement - Baldwin’s eye is so sharp and his use of texture and colour so on point, I could marvel at his work for hours. Epic.

Anomie - Dan Baldwin



Andy’s works really need to be seen to be believed. His intricate William Morris inspired illustrations are absolutely enchanting.

This particular artwork won Andy Wilx the title of ‘Best International Artist’ by the Global Artist Agency in 2014 and is only available in a Limited Edition of 50.

Mixing in the copper elements and the rich gold ink, this artwork is a very contemporary spin on classic illustration and really has the ultimate wow factor. 

A Fox and a Bird - Andy Wilx

£39 a month for 10 months with Own Art.



McClure’s work was recently exhibited at the Royal Academy in a show curated by the remarkable artist Barbara Rae RA.

This Limited Edition etching – of only 30 – focuses on the green layers of natural landscapes. McClure has a rare talent of interpreting nature and landscapes in an incredibly unique and exciting way. He is so impassioned by natural landscapes and the affect they have on the human psyche that when he works he often gets lost in the practice so much so that, to quote the artist: "After a week of painting it’s a bit like waking up after a dream and asking myself “What was all that about?” 

Morning Shadows in the Botanics - Calum McClure

£45 a month for 10 months with Own Art.



A classically trained fine artist, an early student of Frank Auerbach and having exhibited internationally since 1987, David Spiller is a legendary artist of our time.

His style, and especially, his lyricism is now an extremely rare find in contemporary art. He infuses the pop art influence with his own brand of humour and gratitude.

Unique and instantly recognisable, these artworks are sure to bring joy into your home every time you look at them!


With Love (Mickey) and Oh Boy (Minnie)

£89 a month for 10 months with Own Art.



This handmade and intrinsically detailed ceramic collection was born from a powerful collaboration between Rosie Emerson and Vanessa Conyers. Rosie Emerson created the gorgeous artworks and Vanessa Conyers finely hand-rolled the earthenware clay imprinted with vintage French tassels.

These are opulent and completely original from a one off collaboration by two exceptionally talented and skilled artists. Beautifully haunting and whimsical.  

Sirens Sugar Pot - Vanessa Conyers

£16 a month for 10 months with Own Art.



“There is a frenetic energy that drives much of Dilnot's work and a dark beauty to the vignettes that he creates” – The Telegraph

John has shown in many exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and has work in many public and private collections including some well-known collectors and public figures. Public collections include, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library, British Library, Museum of Modern Art New York, Yale Center for British Art, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Royal College of Art Library, Winchester School of Art, University of Brighton and Hampshire County Council.

In my mind this particular work is a completely unique masterpiece.

Moth Collection - John Dilnot

£190 a month for 10 months with Own Art.



Who doesn’t love Grayson Perry?! This handmade miniature is from Grayson Perry’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

The premise of the show was an exploration into the nature of identity. The fascinating notion that our identity is an ever evolving enactment influenced by multiple external variables and experiences. We feel like the same person but we have been unknowingly changed.

The Earl of Essex Miniature - Grayson Perry



I love this sculpture by Darbyshire.

Darbyshire is known for creating sculptures that catalogue the stunning and trite ‘lifestyle’ novelties in the mainstream market and turning them on their head, challenging the ways we perceive high art and consumer culture.

This remarkable work challenges the viewer by looking deceptively cookie cut, but is in fact painstakingly hand fabricated and distressed by Darbyshire.

Having exhibited in many noteworthy shows - including Bloomberg Space in London (2013), Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge (2013), the Zabludowicz Collection Glasgow’s Tramway, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, as well as in significant group shows such as The British Art Show 7 and the 2009 Tate Triennial, Altermodern, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud – he is one to start collecting now.

Holstein Cow - Matthew Darbyshire



I was thrilled to learn that you can also buy handmade jewellery through the Own Art scheme! This pendant by talented jeweller Jessica Poole is one of my favourite pieces from the collection.

The simple elegant lines of the pendant with the diamond edges perfectly illustrate the exceptional skill of Jessica Poole.

Valeta Pendant - Jessica Poole


Explore the full Own Art collection and find out more about the scheme HERE.



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