20 Australian artists to watch in 2024

We've scoured the land for our favourite artists.
Australian artist Ash Holmes sitting in her studio before large orange abstract paintings.Photography: @sourwhat

Beyond adding pure decorative colour, art brings life and soul to a home. An original artwork is a heartfelt, handmade expression of a deeply personal process. Displaying pieces you love imparts the artist’s story and tells the world about who you are. The question becomes, where do you search for art that speaks to you?

Join us as we step into the studios of some of our favourite contemporary Australian artists, uncovering their unique creative journeys and inspirations. From clay sculptures informed by bodily curves to exquisite wall-hung weavings made with upcycled fabrics, it’s an exciting showcase of bright talent whose work will splash meaning and glorious tones and texture across your home.

1. Nicole Nelius

Upbeat and skillfully composed, Nicole’s paintings, photo prints, and assemblages are happy affirmations about the beauty in everyday life. The multifaceted artist also works as a stylist and has a honed intuition for colour and composition.

A bright painting of fruit on a blue and green background.
‘Frosty Fruit’ by artist Nicole Nelius. (Image courtesy of Art Folk)

“Everything I do, from styling to photography and painting, ends up feeling connected without being intentional,” says Nicole.

A portrait of artist Nicole Nelius holding flowers.
Artist Nicole Nelius, who is pictured with vibrant flowers that are in keeping with the style of her work. (Photography: Anna Pihan)

To find Nicole on Instagram visit @nicole.nelius.

2. Natalie Uhrik

Natalie’s abstract landscapes are studies of spirituality, connection, and the universal search for meaning. “I use art as a tool to calm me,” the Sydney-based painter shares.

An abstract drip style painting by Natalie Uhrik.
Her painting titled ‘The Morning Comes With Light’. (Image courtesy of Natalie Uhrik)

“I allow myself to channel whatever emotions I have at the time into my work. It’s all intuitive, and I walk away from it in a state of calm.”

A black and white portrait of Natalie Uhrik in her studio.
Painter Natalie Uhrik sits among her work. (Image courtesy of Natalie Uhrik)

To find Natalie on Instagram visit @natalieuhrik_artist.

3. Mitchell Cheesman

When Mitchell was in high school, not that long ago, teachers would endlessly reprimand him for sketching instead of studying.

An abstract oil painting by artist Mitchell Cheesman.
‘The Other Side’ by Mitchell Cheesman. (Image courtesy of The Artist and Curatorial + Co)

Now pursuing his art practice full time, the young Queensland-based creative produces impasto paintings of still life settings, with thickly applied oil paint adding dimension to the work.

Mitchell Cheesman sitting in his art studio.
Mitchell Cheesman paints from his home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. (Image courtesy of Mitchell Cheesman)

To find Mitchell’s art visit @curatorialandco.

4. Lucas Wearne of Neighbourhood Studio

Creating in the realm where traditional craftsmanship meets contemporary design, Lucas established Neighbourhood Studio in 2020 and quickly garnered acclaim for his Australian limestone sculptures.

A collection of smooth, sculpted shapes by Lucas Wearne.
‘Ordinary Pleasure’, (Image courtesy of Curatorial + Co)

“I start with sketches to get a sense of shape and concept. But once I start working with the limestone, it becomes more of an intuitive process,” he shares.

Artist Lucas Wearne carving a limestone sculpture.
“The natural qualities of the stone guide me and, as I carve, the sculpture sort of shapes itself, blending my initial ideas with the stone’s unique character,” says Lucas Wearne. (Photography: Amelia Stanwix)

To find Lucas on Instagram visit @neighbourhood_studio.

5. Kirsten Perry

“I am attracted to flaws and vulnerabilities,” says Kirsten, a ceramicist who lives and works in Melbourne. Her designs echo geometries in nature, with tactile surfaces bearing evidence of her process.

Two spiral ceramic artworks.
‘Spiral Dish’ and ‘Spiral Small Dish’ by Kirsten. (Photography: Carli Wilson)

“The objects have an unusual beauty,” she says. “What I imagine to be some sort of living organism from a planet far away.”

Artist Kirsten Perry in her sculpting studio.
Kirsten Perry in her studio. (Photography: Martina Gemmola)

To find Kirsten on Instagram visit @kirstenpp.

6. Emily Raubenheimer

As radiant celebrations of Australian bush botanicals, Emily’s paintings feature fluid, energetic lines and playful colour combinations. Before living rurally in northern Victoria, the artist resided in Melbourne and painted abstract compositions. The tree change crystallised Emily’s artistic focus on native flora and her relationship to the wild landscape.

A bright painting of a wattle tree by Emily Raubenheimer.
‘Wattle Season’ by Emily Raubenheimer is a burst of bold colours. (Image courtesy of Emily Raubenheimer)

“I enjoy painting flora in situ in nature and then again as still life, switching from the grandeur of landscape to the more intimate home setting.”

– Emily
Australian artist Emily Raubenheimer with her painting in the bush.
Artist Emily Raubenheimer. (Photography: Nick Rohan)

To find Emily on Instagram visit @the.colour.keeper.

7. Jacob Sarra

“The overarching theme of my art is the journey taken, the different pathways throughout life and the connections made with people,” says Jacob, a Goreng Goreng painter from Ipswich, Queensland.

A pink and blue dot painting by Jacob Sarra.
‘My Two Daughters’ by artist Jacob Sarra, explores one of the common themes in his work. (Image courtesy of Jacob Sarra)

His artworks are deeply personal explorations of his past, present and future, and his recent introduction to fatherhood has been a powerful creative muse.

A portrait of Australian Indigenous artist Jacob Sarra.
Artist Jacob Sarra. The artwork behind him is untitled. (Photography: Peter Wallis)

To find Jacob on Instagram visit @jacobsarra_art.

8. Karen Napaljarri Barnes

Karen employs flat planes of bright colour and simplified forms to create joyful paintings of wildlife, with a focus on cheeky birds.

A colourful painting of two birds by Karen Napaljarri Barnes.
Artwork titled ‘Karen Barnes’ by Karen Napaljarri Barnes. (Image courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Art Centre & Art Mob)

The young artist was born in Lajamanu, a remote Aboriginal community on the edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. Her bold, graphic style has captivated art collectors globally.

Australian Indigenous artist Karen Napaljarri Barnes sitting in a helicopter.
Karen Napaljarri Barnes who is seen in a helicopter above Sydney Harbour. (Image courtesy of Art Mob Artwork Photography)

To find Karen’s art visit

9. Maria Watson-Trudgett

Maria is a proud ‘freshwater’ girl of the Wiradyuri people. The First Nations consultant and self-taught artist paints to strengthen her connection to her Country and culture. Her painting style is contemporary and abstract, using flowing lines and groups of Aboriginal symbols to narrate a story and preserve cultural traditions.

A vibrant artwork with flowing lines by Maria Watson-Trudgett.
A vibrant artwork by Maria Watson-Trudgett titled ‘On Country’. (Image courtesy of Maria Watson-Trudgett)

“It’s the way my old people communicated with me, via line and symbol drawings in the ground”, says Maria.

Australian Indigenous artist Maria Watson-Trudgett with her abstract paintings
Maria among her paintings. (Photography: Kirstyn Culpepper)

To find Maria on Instagram visit @mariawatsontrudgett_.

Beyond dot painting

Aboriginal art holds deep cultural value and has stylistic diversity. Painting styles and themes are unique to specific communities and regions and may reflect ceremonial designs, symbols of the environment and people, and stories of the ‘Dreaming Time’.

“Some people have a preconceived idea that dot painting is the traditional and the only true form of Aboriginal art,” says Maria Watson-Trudgett, a First Nations artist and consultant. “But that is not the case and is flawed thinking. Our traditional art was drawing in the sand, body painting for ceremony, carving into rocks or trees and marking tools for identification”. According to Maria, “Dot painting is contemporary and emerged in the 1970s with the Western Desert Art movement from Papunya, north west of Alice Springs.”

There are many styles that Aboriginal artists use to convey their stories and cultures, such as dot work, cross-hatching, dub-dub and naïve style. “Aboriginal art is anything an Aboriginal person paints that connects them to their Country and culture and creates for them a sense of belonging,” explains Maria.

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10. Hannah Lange

Growing up in Sydney’s Blue Mountains on Darug and Gundungurra Country attuned Hannah to the natural environment and her ancestral heritage. The proud Wiradjuri woman captures the fragile intricacies of nature that often go unseen.

An intricate dot painting by artist Hannah Lange.
‘Narrbang – Dillybag’ by Hannah Lange., (Photography: Lisa Sorgini)

“I try not to limit myself to a particular style and just stay true to who I am and what feels right at the time.”

A portrait of Australian Indigenous artist Hannah Lange.
Hannah Lange in her studio. (Photography: Anna Green Studio)

To find Hannah on Instagram visit

11. Christina McLean of Trade the Mark

Trade the Mark is Christina’s evolving creative studio, currently focusing on hand-built and painted ceramic vessels, bespoke art pieces and textile design. Mark-making and clay have been a constant in Christina’s career, as has her dedication to the handcrafted.

A collection of pink bowls and vessels by Christina McLean.
Her works ‘Pink Diamond’ vase, ‘Diamond Path’ platter and ‘Earth Pathways’ bowl. (Image courtesy of Christina McLean)

She has collaborated with top Australian fashion labels and lifestyle brands, producing unique pieces that sing with her signature style.

Artist Christina McLean in her pottery studio.
Christina McLean in her former studio. (Photography: Flore Vallery Radot)

To find Christina on Instagram visit @tradethemark.

12. Hannah Cooper

Hannah’s handwoven works represent countless hours of a slow and methodical process that begins with the artist naturally dyeing her thread using foraged botanicals and natural ephemera.

A woven abstract sunset art piece by Hannah Cooper.
‘The Blue of Distance (Hashtag Sunset)’ by Hannah Cooper. (Image courtesy of Jennings Kerr)

The self-taught weaver works on a large loom from her studio in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Artist Hannah Cooper sitting a table with a red weave artwork behind her.
Hannah Cooper in her home with one of her works, ‘An Impossible Shade of Red’, behind her. (Photography: Jessica Bellef)

To find Hannah on Instagram visit @sundaywoven.

13. Ash Holmes

Ash is a fourth-generation artist who paints layered abstracts informed by colour psychology, nature, and notions of home. “Its interpretation is open to the sensitive eye and imagination of others,” says Ash, also a co-founder and creative director of Hake House of Art on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. “People often feel or see different subjects in my work that I haven’t considered.”

“I’m conscious of the energy that goes into my work, as it reflects outwards like a mirror. I’d like to offer the most authentic energy I can.”

– Ash
Australian artist Ash Holmes sitting in her studio before large orange abstract paintings.
Ash Holmes in front of works in progress. (Photography: @sourwhat)

To find Ash on Instagram visit @ashholmesart.

14. Emma Sheehan

Beautiful domesticity and poetic tablescapes are core themes in Emma’s lavish paintings, reflecting her formal training in art curation and interior design.

A blue patterned artwork with leaves, flowers and birds.
‘Otomi Azul Claro’, (Image courtesy of Emma Sheehan)

“I deliberately use a wild harmony of bright colours and pattern mixing in my works to instil a sense of joy within the viewer and to bring a space to life,” she says.

A painting of a lobster on a pink background.
‘Langoustine on Pink’, (Image courtesy of Emma Sheehan)

“Art can be seen as a vital layer of colour, pattern and texture that brings a space to life.”

– Emma
Australian artist Emma Sheehan sitting by two bright fruit artworks.
Emma Sheehan pictured with ‘Papaya and Peaches on Pink’ and ‘Cloverbank Harvest’. (Image courtesy of Emma Sheehan)

To find Emma on Instagram visit @emmasheehanartist.

15. Annie Hawkins

When Annie walks into her Sydney studio, the scent of oil paint fills her with immense pleasure. The self-taught painter captures the Australian landscape’s breathtaking light, texture and tones in a realistic, soulful way.

An Australian landscape painting with yellow flowers by Annie Hawkins.
‘The Long Way Home’ by Annie Hawkins. (Image courtesy of Bluethumb Gallery)

“I spent most of my younger years trailing behind my grandparents through the bush and soaking up all that nature could offer,” Annie shares.

A portrait of artist Annie Hawkins by a coastal landscape painting.
Annie Hawkins with ‘Bouquets For Days’ behind her. (Image courtesy of Annie Hawkins)

To find Annie on Instagram visit @annie_hawkins_ah_interiors.

16. Rachel Rae

Rachel’s vivid ocean-themed paintings speak of her reverence for the Australian coastline, where lush colour and sunny memories swirl in harmony.

A painting of a beachside pool with swimmers by Rachel Rae.
‘Wylie’s Swimmers’ by Rachel Rae bursts with the colours of Australia’s summer. (Image courtesy of Rachel Rae Art)

“I want to transport the viewer to smell the salty ocean, feel the breeze, hear the waves, and to want to dive into the artworks,” says the Sydney-based artist.

Australian artist Rachel Rae sitting by a collection of ocean artworks.
The central artwork behind Rachel is ‘The Storm Will Blow You in the Right Direction’. (Image courtesy of Rachel Rae)

To find Rachel on Instagram visit @rachelrae_art.

17. Kerryn Levy

Kerryn’s clay sculptures are organic expressions created by the traditional hand-building processes of pinching, coiling and slabbing. “When working on new designs and forms, I will often refer to images of the human body – particularly in states of movement like dance – interesting shaped trees or rock formations, and even fruit or vegetables,” says the Adelaide-based artist.

A portrait of artist Kerryn Levy with a white sculpted artwork.
Kerryn Levy with her pieces ‘Nectar’ and a vase titled ‘Onishi Vessel 23.046’. (Image courtesy of Kerryn Levy)

To find Kerryn on Instagram visit @kerryn.levy.ceramics.

18. Jennifer Rosnell

Jennifer’s painterly sunbathers, vintage ferries and fish market vignettes are a response to her surroundings on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The graphic designer and art teacher also explores portraiture and life drawing and is regularly recognised in highly regarded art prizes.

An abstract painting of people at Manly Beach.
‘Afternoon at Little Manly Beach’, (Image courtesy of Jennifer Rosnell)

Regardless of the medium or subject matter, Jennifer’s creations radiate a quiet kind of joy.

A portrait of Australian artist Jennifer Rosnell.
Artist Jennifer Rosnell. (Photography: Jessica Bellef)

To find Jennifer on Instagram visit @jenrosnell_art.

19. Kass and Lauren Hernandez of Crossing Threads®

Established by the Hernandez sisters in 2015, Crossing Threads® is known for crafting woven formations inspired by nature, expressed in rich, grounding colour palettes.

Australian artists Kass and Lauren Hernandez by one of their woven artworks.
Sisters Kass and Lauren Hernandez of Crossing Threads® with ‘In the Shadow of the Clouds’ behind them. (Image courtesy of Kass and Lauren Hernandez)

Made with upcycled fabrics and natural materials like Australian Merino wool, the duo’s highly textural creations can be found in homes, public spaces and Australian galleries.

An abstract woven artwork hanging in a studio.
Another work, ‘Riptide’, which was a private commission. (Image courtesy of Kass and Lauren Hernandez)

To find Kass and Lauren on Instagram visit @crossingthreads.

20. Laura Reid

Laura’s love of ocean pools is palpable in her award-winning, sun-soaked photography, as is her passion for taking photos.

A photo of two swimmers in caps by Laura Reid.
Laura’s shimmering artwork, ‘Yin & Yang’. (Image courtesy of Laura Reid Photography)

“I know it’s the right time to press the shutter because my heart starts to race with excitement as I see the magic happening before my lens,” says the Sydney local who released her debut book, Aura, in 2022.

A portrait of Australian artist Laura Reid.
Photographer Laura Reid. (Photography: Andrew Darroch)

To find Laura on Instagram visit @laurareidphoto.

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