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  • Writer's pictureRaelynn Jensen

I Ranked The Best Painters To Watch In 2024

Focusing on bold artists who create thought-provoking work, I've rounded up painters who have experienced a sharp rise in inquiries from collectors over the last year. The first two are poised to break big.

Portraiture Artists Will Hand-Paint Your Portrait

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. Ariel Babinsky - Best for Male Figurative Painting


Ariel Babinsky - Best for Male Figurative Painting

Highlight: Unique textures and vivid colors.

Year of birth: 1981
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel — New York, USA
Delivery: Free shipping worldwide
Medium: Acrylic and charcoal
Painting from photo: Yes
Popular dimensions: 70x100cm (27x39in)
Prices start at: $3,000
Note from the artist: "When I start working on a portrait, it's like I got a blind date, in a sense. It always feels like something like that to me. I get really excited, and at the same time I really don't want to do it. But then I start doing it, and the excitement takes over the doubts, and I begin to feel like I have this kind of license. It's like a kind of permission. And I realize that most people, they just want to be paid that much attention. And that's a reasonable amount of attention to want to be paid."

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2. Sebastien Jupille - Best for Female Figurative Painting


Sebastien Jupille - Best for Female Figurative Painting

Highlight: The technique pushes the subject into the foreground to create a 3D illusion.

Year of birth: 1976
Location: Paris, France
Delivery: Free Shipping Worldwide
Medium: Oil on canvas
Painting from photo: Yes
Popular dimensions: 40x50cm (15x20in)
Prices start at: €2,000
Note from the artist: "I'm a father of two and a lemon lover!"

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3. Lucy Stopford - Best for Abstract Portraiture


Lucy Stopford - Best for Abstract Portraiture

Credit: Lucy Stopford


Highlight: Emotional, expressive process leads to bold, unpredictable results.

Year of birth: 1967
Location: Oxford, UK
Delivery: Plus P&P
Medium: Oils, charcoal and bronze
Painting from photo: Yes
Popular dimensions: 40x30cm (15x11in)
Prices start at: €1,500
Note from the artist: "Through poet father, I grew up meeting amazing characters - Samuel Beckett, Buckminster Fuller, Francis Bacon, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, to name a few. My father was also briefly on the speech writing team for Bobby Kennedy, who hosted him when he came to talk to the Oxford Union. His bodyguards bought a painting by my mother to take back to Rose Kennedy in Hyannis Port."

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4. Vitaliy Zherdev - Best for Portrait Sketching


Vitaliy Zherdev - Best for Portrait Sketching

Highlight: Vigorous draftsmanship puts an emphasis on countenance and emotion.

Year of birth: 1971
Location: Florence, Italy
Delivery: Plus P&P
Medium: Charcoal
Painting from photo: Yes
Popular dimensions: 50x70cm (19x27in)
Prices start at: €1,000
Note from the artist: "Artist-restorer, historian of Arts, painter. I love restoring pieces of Orthodox Ecclesiastical Heritage. When it comes to painting, Florence is such an inspiration."

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5. A.J. Alper - Best for Teen Portraiture


A.J. Alper - Best for Teen Portraiture

Credit: A.J. Alper


Highlight: Thick, bold, expressionistic brushstrokes.

Year of birth: 1961
Location: Baltimore MD, USA
Delivery: Free Shipping Worldwide
Medium: Oil on Panel
Painting from photo: Yes
Popular dimensions: 40x50cm (16x20in)
Prices start at: $1500
Note from the artist: "Last summer, I was commissioned to paint a portrait of Dolly Parton’s late father to hang in her ceremonial office at the Dollywood Foundation. Halfway through the portrait, they contacted me to see if I could have it ready for Dolly’s visit to the Foundation the following week, and would I like to be there for the unveiling? Yes, I did! I packed up the wet finished painting, drove 8 hours with my family to Tennessee to meet Dolly in person. It was an experience I will never forget."

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