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On the rise: 10 names to watch in contemporary art

Offered in our First Open auction in London and our online | on paper sale, 10 works by artists attracting the attention of switched-on collectors

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  • Jockum Nordström

Jockum Nordström (b. 1963), Ute och inne (Inside and Outside). Estimate                    £4,000-6,000. This lot is offered in on paper  online, 7-19 September 2017, Online
Jockum Nordström (b. 1963), Ute och inne (Inside and Outside). Estimate: £4,000-6,000. This lot is offered in on paper | online, 7-19 September 2017, Online

One of Sweden’s best-known artists, Jockum Nordström is primarily known for his collages and intricate drawings, which exude a simple charm and naivety evocative of childhood. Nordström, who is currently illustrating a book of fables by Leo Tolstoy, is to be the subject of upcoming shows in Antwerp and at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

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  • Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman (b.  1965), Hollywood Poppy Fields, 2007. Oil on canvas, 12 x 11⅞ in (30.5 x 30.2 cm). Estimate £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Nicole Eisenman (b. 1965), Hollywood Poppy Fields, 2007. Oil on canvas, 12 x 11⅞ in (30.5 x 30.2 cm). Estimate: £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Known primarily for her figurative painting, Brooklyn-based Nicole Eisenman’s work usually revolves around themes of caricature, comedy and sexuality, and has twice appeared in the Whitney Biennial (in 1995 and 2012). Hollywood Poppy Fields  (2007) is a fine example of Eisenman’s humour: executed in vibrant colours and lush impasto, it portrays a field of red poppies (alluding to their soporific/opiate qualities) sprawling in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills.

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  • Lucy McKenzie

Lucy McKenzie (b.  1977), CoNë!, 2004. Acrylic and graphite on wallpaper, 120⅝ x 208⅝ in (306.5 x 530 cm). Estimate £20,000-30,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Lucy McKenzie (b. 1977), Co?Në!, 2004. Acrylic and graphite on wallpaper, 120⅝ x 208⅝ in (306.5 x 530 cm). Estimate: £20,000-30,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Lucy McKenzie excels at creating civic works that subvert the urban fabric. Co?Në!, her proposal to Düsseldorf Kunstverein’s request for a piece of public art, takes the form of a vintage advertisement, humorously scrutinising the role of women in advertising. Born and raised in Glasgow, McKenzie is now based in Brussels. 

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  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b.  1973), Bat Opera. Oil on paper in artists frame, in two parts, each 9½ x 11⅜ in (24 x 29 cm). Estimate £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973), Bat Opera. Oil on paper in artist's frame, in two parts, each: 9½ x 11⅜ in (24 x 29 cm). Estimate: £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

These works are early paintings from London-based Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s celebrated Bat Opera series, which depicts dramatic brooding scenery, often alluding to art history, cinema and the theatre. Chetwynd is best known for her performance-based art, which focuses on reworking culturally significant moments. 

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  • Noémie Goudal

Noémie Goudal (b.  1984), Les Amants (Promenade) (The Lovers (Promenade)), 2009. C-print, 66⅛ x 83⅛ in (168 x 211 cm). Estimate £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Noémie Goudal (b. 1984), Les Amants (Promenade) (The Lovers (Promenade)), 2009. C-print, 66⅛ x 83⅛ in (168 x 211 cm). Estimate: £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Goudal, a French artist based in London, is renowned for her spellbinding representations of urban landscape and nature. In Les Amants (Promenade) (The Lovers (Promenade)), she creates a peaceful image out of seemingly harsh and mundane surroundings. Works from this edition have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions including Out of Focus: Photography  at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in 2012. 

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  • Alexis Hunter

Alexis Hunter (1948-2014), A Young Polynesian Considers Cultural Imperialism Before She Goes to the Disco, executed in 1981. Each panel 43⅛ x 18 ½in (109.4 x 47.1cm). Estimate                    £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in on paper  online, 7-19 September 2017, Online
Alexis Hunter (1948-2014), A Young Polynesian Considers Cultural Imperialism Before She Goes to the Disco, executed in 1981. Each panel: 43⅛ x 18 ½in (109.4 x 47.1cm). Estimate: £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in on paper | online, 7-19 September 2017, Online

Alexis Hunter was a radical, provocative artist who focused her inquiries in the 1970s and 1980s on feminism. In this work she uses the narrative story-board format of advertising photography to create a piece that offers a visual antidote to notions of romance and sexuality. A genuine discovery, her work will interest those looking for affordable historical pieces.

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  • Jean-Luc Moulène

Jean-Luc Moulène (b. 1955), Ralph Laurens, executed in 2012. 18⅜ x 12½ in (46.8 x 31.7cm). Estimate                    £4,000-6,000. This lot is offered in on paper  online, 7-19 September 2017, Online

Jean-Luc Moulène (b. 1955), Ralph Lauren's, executed in 2012. 18⅜ x 12½ in (46.8 x 31.7cm). Estimate: £4,000-6,000. This lot is offered in on paper | online, 7-19 September 2017, Online

The Paris-born interdisciplinary artist famously claims to never use the same material twice. Interested in the aesthetics of commodities, Moulène produced an 88-page newspaper of images, freely distributed to gallery goers, for his recent exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. Only editioned works by Moulène have previously been offered at auction, making this is an opportunity to acquire a unique work at a comparable price point.

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  • Shahzia Sikander

Shahzia Sikander is trained in the tradition of Indo-Persian miniature painting, and in 2015 her work was splashed across the multiple screens of Times Square as part of the installation Gopi-Contagion. This work is a striking example of how she creates luminous and complex tangles of symbolism.

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  • Claudia Comte

Claudia Comte (b.  1983), Flips 2, 2013. Oak and metal on car-lacquered MDF, 15¾ x 35½ x 11 in (40 x 90.1 x 28 cm). Estimate £5,000-7,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Claudia Comte (b. 1983), Flips 2, 2013. Oak and metal on car-lacquered MDF, 15¾ x 35½ x 11 in (40 x 90.1 x 28 cm). Estimate: £5,000-7,000. This lot is offered in First Open on 15 September 2017 at Christie’s in London

Flips 2  is an oak sculpture in sausage-like form that the Swiss-born, Berlin-based artist carved herself with a chainsaw and then sanded, creating a smooth surface that begs to be stroked. As the title suggests, the work appears to bounce from its plinth like a dolphin out of water. In 2017 Comte, whose work has been bought by MoMA, had a solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Luzern.

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  • Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum (b. 1952), (i) Untitled (Indian Colander) (ii) Untitled (Thiers Knives IV), (ii) executed in 2001. (ii) 11 x 15¼ in (28 x 38.7 cm). Estimate                    £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in on paper  online, 7-19 September 2017, Online

Mona Hatoum (b. 1952), (i) Untitled (Indian Colander) (ii) Untitled (Thiers Knives IV), (ii) executed in 2001. (ii) 11 x 15¼ in (28 x 38.7 cm). Estimate: £3,000-5,000. This lot is offered in on paper | online, 7-19 September 2017, Online

These rubbings of a colander and seven knife blades come from the same series as a work in MoMA’s collection. The use of domestic objects, abstracted to reference the fragility of the human body, are key to the Palestinian artist’s practice. Her work has appeared in a number of recent museum exhibitions — including one at Tate, London in 2016 — but her market is relatively fresh, allowing collectors to acquire works such as these at accessible prices.