Now more than ever, you don’t need a couple of grand in your pocket to start your own art collection.
Instagram has made art more accessible than it ever has been. Every time you open up your feed, you are exposed to exciting new artists from all around the world – and their virtual galleries.
Here are six inspiring female artists from Wales whose work I want to buy right now…
Megan Tucker is an illustrator from Swansea specialising in Welsh prints and giftware. She works from her home studio on the edge of the Gower Peninsula. Using traditional techniques such as pencil, ink and gouache, as well as working with digital design tools, she creates recognisable works such as her well known illustrated maps of Wales.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have a Dilyn Dy Freuddwydion (Go Chase Your Dreams) print from Niki on my office wall. Niki is a creator and artist from North Wales who lives in a neon wonderland. Her prints are super bright, colourful and inspirational – and the perfect birthday gift for your BFF. If you head over to her Etsy shop (affiliate link) there are even personalisation options.
I first came across Efa Lois via ‘Prosiect Drudwen’, Efa’s blog documenting the forgotten women of Welsh history. She is an illustrator, originally from Ceredigion, and her work mainly focuses on positivity, flowers, 70s aesthetics and mythology. It really is unique – I’m currently waiting to be paid for a writing job and then I’ll be investing in her Welsh Witches print (affiliate link) for my freshly painted hallway.
Mari Catrin Phillips
Mari (who you may better know as @mythsntits on Instagram) is a Cardiff based illustrator who reinterprets Greek myths with a no bullshit feminist and LGBTQ friendly perspective. The result is a sassy riot of cartoon-esque colour. Also keep an eye out for her Welsh lady prints (affiliate link) – you simply NEED one on your bedroom wall!
If you like psychedelic colour, then long-established Welsh artist Rhiannon Roberts is for you! She specialises in magical depictions of Welsh places and landmarks that transform familiar scenes into something totally new. As well as prints you can also find her images on coasters, tea towels, makeup bags – the list is endless! Check out her website for more.
Bethan is an early-career building historian from Cardiff who also loves illustrating historic buildings and architecture from all over Wales. Her work honours the architect’s design but is playful with colour, scale and exaggeration, plus every print is accompanied by a postcard with historical information about the building. Commissions also available.