10 Living Artists You’ll Love [NSFW]

You won’t need to be an art snob to love these artists instantly. They will make you BELIEVE.

1. 1. Takashi Murakami

Notable for: Kanye West graduation album cover, palace of Versailles exhibition, worlds most bootlegged Louis Vuitton bag, $15 million dollar sculpture of a dude umm… ejaculating.

10. 2. Dana Schutz

Notable for: Apocalypse paintings, portraits of the world’s last man known as Frank, painter of awkward moments and the autopsy of Michael Jackson.

21. 3. David Choe

Notable for: Painted Facebook mural in exchange for stock worth hundreds of millions, spray painted Barbara Walters’ chest, gifted Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) a painting of her ass, and makes podcast with porn star Asa Akira.

30. 4. Kenny Scharf

Notable for: School of Visual Arts alum and former roommate of Keith Haring, created album covers for the B-52’s, creates black light party installations epically deemed the “cosmic closet” and thrower of parties I’ve never been invited to.

41. 5. Peter Saul

Notable for: Pretty much blazed the trail for cartoons in fine art… For a long time ignored by the art world because his work was seen as too edgy and political. Now the paintings retail for half a million.

50. 6. Erik Parker

Notable for: Protégé of Peter Saul maker of ridiculously intricate psychedelic pieces, mathematically organized compositions that please the eye and mind.

57. 7. Ron English

Notable for: Featured in the documentary “Super Size Me” culture jammer that flips pop icons on their heads, for many years commandeered actual billboards, wheat-pasting his own guerrilla ads over them.

68. 8. KAWS

Notable for: Former street artist who painted over bus stop adverts, had a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2013 MTV VMA’s moon man got a KAWS makeover, created the album cover for Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak.

77. 9. Misaki Kawai

Notable for: Creator of super cute child-like paintings, made a giant pink furry sculpture-creature for the Children’s Museum of the Arts with a giant comb that kids climb and groom. Drew me a peanut in a hat and wrote “For Tuff. Love Misaki + Peanut”

87. 10. Trenton Doyle Hancock

Notable for: Alter-ego is known as Torpedo Boy, created a really deep mythology around his characters known as mounds and vegans, is re-buying all the toys he lost from childhood and has an impressive collection.

101. The end…

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