To celebrate the debut of Manchester Art Fair’s new online art buying platform EASEL, we asked their team of experts to curate a list of the top five exciting and affordable Manchester artists worth keeping an eye on this year. Read on to find out who made the cut – and visit the EASEL website to secure some artwork for your own home.

Georgia Noble

After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from The Manchester School of Art in 2015, Georgia Noble went on to show her work at Soho’s Curwen Gallery in London as part of their annual Northern Graduates exhibition, and shortly afterwards was selected by Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator and VP for Art Advisory, to feature in their 2016 Rising Stars initiative, where they shine a spotlight on a small handful of emerging artists each year. Since then, Georgia has gone on to continue to develop her practice and works from her studio as part of AWOL Studios in the historic Hope Mill in Ancoats and sells her work all around the world.

Georgia Noble
Fire in the Sky by Georgia Noble £245
Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck

Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck is a British figurative painter based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. She graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design London in 2009 with a first class honours degree. Her work has been shown in galleries and event spaces, and published in industry-leading magazines. Mulquiney-Birbeck has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and has sold her work to both art-lovers and private collectors in the UK and internationally.

Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck
Day Dreamer by Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck £175
Robert John Watson

Robert John Watson is an award winning Fine Art photographer, based in Manchester. His most recent exhibition – In Praise Of Blandness – appeared at Manchester Central Library from August To Christmas 2020 and invited audiences to reflect upon and celebrate the simple aesthetics of the ordinary and every day.

Robert John Watson
Launderette by Robert John Watson £675
Sarah Morley

Based in Stockport’s Vernon Mill, Sarah Morley paints expressive landscapes in an equally expressive semi-abstract style. In addition, she also draws and produces experimental mixed media work. Sarah frequently works to commission, producing abstracts for interiors or expressive landscapes and seascapes.

Sarah Morley Fine Art
At Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester by Sarah Morley Fine Art £250
Jaqueline Taylor

Jacqueline Taylor is from Manchester and still works and lives there to this today. She’s an emerging artist whose main medium is oil paint, with a particular interest in realism. Taylor’s work is based around the everyday and leaves the observer of her paintings to decide the narrative of the scenes or people she depicts. She desires to make artwork that creates a feeling within and which can be viewed many times over while feeling new each time it is observed. Jacqueline recently featured in Grayson’s Art Club 2020 and part of the exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery.

Head Down to the Chippy by Jacqueline Taylor from Comme Ca Art Dealers £1,600
Thu 4 Feb
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Thu 4 Feb 2021