Amazing American Artists
Wall art may not adhere to or be limited by geographical locations, but artists do have nationalities and today, we will take a look at eight of America’s most celebrated and richest artists who are still breathing. As it’s a list of the living artists only, it will exclude late legends like Jackson Pollock and promising prodigies like Jean-Michel Basquiat, who met his end way too early.
Right at the top of the list is the name that you were probably expecting; Jeff Koons. Second, only to Damien Hirst, Koons is the second richest artist in the whole world with a net worth of more than $500 million and there is no telling what the 63-year-old artist will be worth in a few more years. His Balloon Dog (orange) sold for a whopping $58.4 million at Christie’s back in 2013 and it continues to be his most expensive work. The man has been in the center of a lot of controversies in the past and though he has been criticized for cynicism, Koons continues to be one of the most prominent and richest living American artists.
Known for his work, the Flag, this 87-year old American artist is nothing short of a living legend as he holds the record for selling the most expensive painting ever drawn by a living artist at more than $120-million. Throughout the many decades that he has been in the world of art, Johns has won multiple awards of the highest order in the art community. Some of the most famous of his awards include Grand Prize for Painting, Presidential Media of Freedom, and Venice Biennale Artist of the Year 1988.
The youngest artist on this list, David Choe is worth about $200 million+ at this point. Choe started as a graffiti artist but later became an extremely successful figure painter. The self-proclaimed “Dirty Style” he uses is focused mostly on themes of desire, ecstasy and ruin. Not unlike most other famous artists, David Choe is associated with a lot of controversies, but that has never affected the quality of his work.
The Christie’s New York event of 2013 was a remarkable one in art history and Christopher Wool’s Apocalypse Now is part of what made it so special. The painting from 1988 was sold at the auction for $26.5 million and it featured only an artistic depiction of the words, “SELL THE HOUSE SELL THE CAR SELL THE KIDS” in black stencil and white canvas.
The early works of Marden consisted mostly of monochromatic paintings that did not many much waves. It was not until the year 2013, once again, that Marden gained his due fame by selling The Attended for almost $11 million at the Sotheby’s New York event. He had originally drawn the painting in the 1990s.
Now, $11 million is slightly out of most of our budgets but this doesn’t have to stop you from purchasing classic pieces by American artists. We suggest you take a look at the fantastic and diverse wall art from Fine Art America. Here, you can pick from a lot of artists that have an aesthetic similar to classic artists or you may even find something new and vibrant.
The established artists already have everything that they need, but the rising artists in the country need your support more to make their way up towards the top. If you choose well though, there’s always a chance that the wall art you just bought could sell for millions in the future.