Contemporary art has the ability to reference our past, present and future ­– but ultimately, it always moves the dialogue forward. This collection of paintings, drawings and mixed media works – much of which was executed in the last few years – includes highlights from top established artists and up-and-coming names alike. Here, just five of the artists you should get to know.


LEO GABIN. SMOOTH GETAWAY, 2012. ESTIMATE $15,000-20,000.

A group of artists, Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght have been working together since 2000. The Belgian trio often investigates the rituals of contemporary American pop culture by pulling together large amounts of one of its most plentiful materials, online amateur video footage, and creating a new kind of narrative: how young people use the media to capture their surroundings and express themselves.

 

PHIL FROST. UNTITLED, 2001. ESTIMATE $2,000-3,000.

Phil Frost's work combines the raw, gritty edge of the street with an elegant, painterly aesthetic. His found object constructions and works on canvas are a multi-layered combination of colourful, almost comic-like portraits and intricate typography overlaid with bold graphic symbols. Words and slogans that are a hybrid of numerous languages, both real and imagined, are layered within the works.

 

MICHAEL MANNING. FRIENDS, LOVERS OR NOTHING, 2014. ESTIMATE $7,000-9,000.

Known for producing multiple works stemming from a single concept, Michael Manning regularly contributes abstract digital paintings to Phone Arts, an international collective of artists who create art on their mobile devices. In 2013, he began going into Microsoft retail stores and painting on display tablets, which lead to the “Microsoft Store Painting” series. “Wild Fusion," his most recent series, grew out of that practice.

 

ROB FISCHER. CAMARO, 2004. ESTIMATE $2,000-3,000.

Rob Fischer's snapshot-like photographs, taken by the artist in the Minnesota countryside from 1993 to 2001, offer a fleeting glance at mundane structures , such as machine sheds, ice fishing houses, mobile homes and camper trailers. By later applying paint to the surface of his photographs, representing the same structures as engulfed by fire, Fisher's work dwells in an ambiguous territory between pictorial invention and the "factness" of the photographic record.

 

JOE PESTONI. HULK, 2010. ESTIMATE $7,000-9,000.

Joe Pestoni superimposes references to several compositional orders and methodologies – geometric forms, figuration, graphic art and Abstract Expressionism – such that they become inextricable and perhaps even contradict one another. A single work might contain drips, splatters, thickly applied paint and dry brush strokes, all in varying degrees of transparency. Pestoni’s works engage with the idea of an artist’s unique hand, and the thin boundaries between failure and completion.