It's the beginning of a new year, which means you may need artistic inspiration to get through some of the greyest upcoming months.

Thankfully, Instagram is the perfect place to absorb and admire work by established and emerging artists, many of whom are using the digital platform to showcase their practice or reveal the processes behind their work.

Here's a breakdown of some of Art UK's favourite artists to follow on Instagram in 2020.

Sofia Mitsola

Sofia Mitsola is an emerging Greek artist who graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2018. Her intimate portraits project the female gaze onto the female body, which in the artist's own words 'are about confrontation, power, and control.' 

The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye 2019

Sofia Mitsola (b.1992)

Jerwood Collection

Her Instagram account (@sofiamitsola) presents her latest paintings, her work in situ and other delights.

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Darladiladada, 2020 In this painting, I wanted to make a sea urchin hunting scene, interrupted by the viewer, who in my mind is approaching the boat, hidden beneath the water to look at these gigantic sea nymphs. A goal for these new paintings was to simplify even more the compositions and try to enrich my painterly language. Still keeping the flatness of the image, I have been working with more textures, different brushstrokes and marks, translucency, and opacity. I wanted to paint the silkiness of the skin, one porcelain and one honey brown, the temperatures of the bodies, the coolness of the water, the different weights of the paint, the heavy upper wold to imply humidity, and the lightly painted sea which is lifting up this big mass, boat and figures. On until the 8th of February @pilarcorriasgallery ➡️open Monday to Friday 10:00-6:00 and Saturday 11:00-6:00. @pilarcorriasgallery. @condo_complex

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Thomas J. Price

Thomas J. Price is a multidisciplinary artist who often works with sculpture. Born in London, he graduated from the Chelsea College of Art before attending the Royal College of Art.


Network 2013

Thomas J. Price (b.1981)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

His figurative work probes traditions of monumental sculpture and explores representations of power and the black male identity. His Instagram account @tpstudio shows the artist's adventures and the versatility of his practice. To learn more about the sculptor, read his interview with Art UK.

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Annabel Dover

Born in Liverpool, Annabel Dover studied Fine Art at Newcastle University before attending Central Saint Martins and Cambridge University. Her practice draws upon a wide range of media, from painting, drawing to cyanotype. Cyanotypes are created through photographic printing, using a cyan-blue print.

Florilegia, 1970s

Florilegia, 1970s 2013

Annabel Dover (b.1975)

East Contemporary Art Collection

Dover's art is inspired by objects and the invisible stories behind them. Her Instagram account (@annabel_dover) offers an eclectic mix of her work and interests in material culture.

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Ryan Mosley

Born in Chesterfield, Ryan Mosley (@ryanmosley01) studied at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal College of Art. He worked at The National Gallery in London as a guard before becoming an established painter.

The Unknown Performer

The Unknown Performer 2006

Ryan Mosley (b.1980)

Royal College of Art

His colourful and vibrant paintings inhabit a fantastical, carnivalesque world and synthesise many artistic references and themes.

Flora Yukhnovich

Painter Flora Yukhnovich deconstructs the visual vocabulary of eighteenth-century Rococo painting, especially works by Jean-Antoine Wattteau, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and François Boucher.

Imagination, Life is Your Creation

Imagination, Life is Your Creation 2018–2019

Flora Yukhnovich (b.1990)

Government Art Collection

A millennial twist on a historic genre, Yukhnovich's practice playfully exposes the male gaze while creating a sumptuous aesthetic of pastel colours, smudged textures and free-floating, cloudlike abstract forms.

You can follow her Instagram account @flora_yukhnovich.

Geoff Uglow

Born in Cornwall, Geoff Uglow (@geoffuglow) trained at the Glasgow School of Art. Although abstract, his work is largely inspired by the rhythms, seasons and cycles of the British landscape.

Eilean Donan (Castle Eilean Donan)

Eilean Donan (Castle Eilean Donan) 2010

Geoff Uglow (b.1978)

Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

He has described each painting as 'a handwritten letter, a moment, which can suspend disbelief, a fragment of vanished beauty.'

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Rachel McCreadie

Rachel McCreadie is a contemporary sculptor from Dundee, Scotland who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design last year.

Her anatomical sculptures use a variety of soft materials and explore body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental health condition that is becoming increasingly common amongst young people.

Mutated Cell

Mutated Cell 2018

Rachel McCreadie (b.1994)

University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection

Her Instagram account is @rachelmccreadie_.

Michael Armitage

Michael Armitage is a Kenyan-born artist who trained at the Slade School of Art and the Royal Academy. His work 'intertwines narratives drawn from his memories and discourses from both Western and East African vantage points.'

The Octopus's Veil

The Octopus's Veil 2016

Michael Armitage (b.1984)

Government Art Collection

This work is oil paint on lubugo bark cloth, a material from Uganda. There is a lengthy process behind this material, including the beating of bark for several days before stretching it.

Armitage lives and works between Nairobi and London. His Instagram account is @manairobi.

Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Hannah Leighton-Boyce is a sculptor who trained at Manchester School of Art. Her work 'emphasis the physical and social properties of materials, sensory and spatial concerns in both their production and viewing experience.'

Persistent Bodies

Persistent Bodies 2018

Hannah Leighton-Boyce (b.1980)

University of Salford

Her varied practice demonstrates the visceral quality of sculpture and three-dimensional forms. Her Instagram @hlboyce displays her work and most recent exhibitions.

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I’m currently showing ‘Repose’, a series of drawings, in Major Conversations at The Turnpike, Leigh. . . I first exhibited these drawings in my solo show ‘Dreaming of Dead Fish’ in 2018 @warringtonmuseum @warringtoncontemporary . . . Major Conversations @theturnpikeleigh continues to 9th November features artists from the North of England in conversation with paintings by Theodore Major. This is the second stage of a touring show from @platform_a_gallery curated by Mark Parham. . . @theturnpikeleigh #TheodoreMajor @bobbybenjamin @emma_bennett_art @tonycharles666 @gordondalton666 @_nicola_ellis_ @mary_griffiths__ @faye__roc @katiemcguire_art @annie_odonnell_ #CraigOldham @helenpailing @connorshields1 @jo_stanness #KraigWilson @aaronpearce_paintings

Peter Doig

Peter Doig (@peterdoig) is one of Scotland's most well-known contemporary painters. Born in Edinburgh, he trained at the Wimbledon School of Art, St Martin's School of Art and Chelsea School of Art. His enchanting works resemble surreal dreamscapes, or disorientating other-worldly landscapes.

Echo Lake

Echo Lake 1998

Peter Doig (b.1959)


Doig was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994 and has not fallen from the limelight since. He now lives in Trinidad.


Lydia Figes, Content Editor at Art UK