Image: Benalla Art Gallery Victoria.

The Best Contemporary Art In 2020

The art you choose for your home magically transforms an otherwise generic space into a personal expression of beauty. And what better options than pieces from emerging and established artists whose work has entered the museum and public collections in the UK, the USA, South Africa and Europe. Here are our best picks.

1. Aron Hill, Head with Blue Line No 1, 2017

Artist: Aron Hill

Creation: Year 2017

Dimensions: Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm), Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)

Medium: Canvas, Acrylic

Movement & Style: Contemporary

Period: 2010-


Aron Hill’s paintings consist of layers of acrylic ink washes on clear primed raw canvas. Hill’s practice is focused on a formalist type of painting that recalls aspects of minimalism and colour field paintings with references to the figure throughout. He finds conceptual company in the late Modernist paintings produced particularly in Canada. 

The choice of primary colour and restricted medium is a conscious restraint informed by Hill’s artistic influences such as Jack Bush and William Perehudoff. The work’s graphic nature relies on the sheer flatness this medium produces.

2. Aron Hill, Two Great Monuments with Bright Pink Hovering, 2019

Artist: Aron Hill

Creation Year: 2019

Dimensions: Height: 48 in. (121.92 cm), Width: 84 in. (213.36cm)

Medium: Canvas, Acrylic

Movement & Style: Contemporary

Period: 2010-


Bold, graphic shapes and lines dance on neutral ground in this acrylic painting by Aron Hill. Evocative of early modern abstractions such as those of Kandinsky, the work explores a pictorial language that is playful and lyrical.

In his paintings, Aron Hill uses bright flat colours on prepared raw canvas to create enigmatic shapes in playful narratives. He infuses the restrained space of the minimalist canvas with dynamic forms shifting easily out of abstraction to create designed landscapes and enigmatic still life paintings.

3. Dan Allison, Brightly Colored Checkered Figures Pop Art Lithograph, 1970’s

Artist: Dan Allison (1953, American)

CreationYear: 1970s

Dimensions: Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm), Width: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm), Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm

Medium: Lithograph

Movement & Style: Pop Art

Period: 1970-1979


Allison first made his mark on the art world in the late 1970s with his instantly recognizable aquatint etchings, created through a revolutionary, one-plate, three-colour printmaking process the artist pioneered and refined while attending Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas. The artist earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on printmaking from the university in 1978.

This piece features pop-art styled figures with a checkered pattern. The lithograph is signed by the artist. This work pairs well with our other lithograph by the same artist.

4. Neon Green Gemstone Terrazzo Pillar Vase

Artist: New Age Design Studio (Artist)


Dimensions: Height: 11 in. (27.94 cm), Width: 7 in. (17.78 cm), Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)

Material and technique: Hand-Crafted Terrazzo

Movement & Style: Post-Modern (In the Style Of)

Period: 21st Century

Price: $425 for each

A long tall vase, Slimer is a neon green colourway featuring San Simeon Jasper, Malachite, Obsidian, and Green Amethyst. Each vase is cast in our proprietary gemstone terrazzo material.

5. Ashraf Zamzami “At A Cafe” Oil Painting 41 “x 67” inch by Ashraf Zamzami 2019

Artist: Ashraf Zamzami (Egyptian)

Creation Year: 2019

Dimensions: Height: 41 in. (104.14 cm), Width: 67 in. (170.18 cm)

Medium: Canvas, Oil

Movement & Style: Contemporary

Period: 21st Century


Zamzami was a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Minya, having garnered acclaim in his native Egypt and abroad for his art’s refreshing purity and strikingly innocent yet substantive nature. 

In this piece, Zamzami demonstrates a more advanced and nuanced use of colour pigmentation, one that is even more intense, cheerful, bright and optimistic. He also explores newer themes of abstract experimentation, specifically with his interpretation of the human form, as well as an exploration of the complex relationship between man and animal which he portrays through his depictions of both docile and threatening imaginary creatures.

6. Javier Marten “Reflections”, Canvas 2019

Artist: Javier Marten (1968, Costa Rica)

Creation Year: 2019

Dimensions: Height: 51.97 in. (132 cm), Width: 79.93 in. (203 cm), Depth: 0.79 in. (2 cm)

Medium: Acrylic

Movement & Style: Abstract

Period: 2010-


Javier’s visual system is a synthesis of his perception of nature, life and the world. That world of the tangible and at the same time ephemeral diversity of the forests of Costa Rica that prevails in his plastic proposal that he translates in sensual forms and metaphors. The colours of nature, the topography of natural territories, the fractalness of rivers, roads and vegetation in front of the movement of light and water, are his inspiration.


Artist: Alain Raya Sorkine (1936, French)

Dimensions: Height: 25.6 in. (65.03 cm), Width: 21.3 in. (54.11 cm)

Medium: Canvas, Oil

Movement & Style: Impressionist

Period: Late 20th Century


Raya Sorkine, whose legal name is Alain-François Bouvier Cachard was born in 1936 in Paris. He saw in a joyous Jewish culture, punctuated by traditional festivals and music, the colours, the events and the atmosphere in his paintings resonate. Its culture is therefore an essential influence.

But we see that his work is synonymous with diversity, developed since childhood, rocked by numerous trips and wars. Growing up, he continued travelling through Europe and translated into his work all his knowledge of the world: it is the cultural difference that makes it grow, he and his work.

By immersing themselves completely in painting at age 22, he had no relationship that could help him in his approach. For over ten years, Raya Sorkine experienced misery, “a tent was my luxury.”

After his travels and its culture, his third source of inspiration is the woman. The paintings are populated Raya Sorkine contrasts. While the eyes of the characters reflect the horror of the time (with the Holocaust, for example), the colours sing the hymn to life: yellow, red, green … They express a serene optimism.

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