On Our Radar | Uprise Art


So, it’s nearly a full month into the new year and we’ve slowly, but surely been checking off our personal “upgrade” goals: we’ve dug deep into new fitness and wellness trends (in NYC and LA), we’ve stuck to our vow of “doing at least one nice thing a day,” and now, we’re ready to shift our attention in a different direction: home. After all, MyDomaine recently declared 2017, “the year of at-home entertaining.” In line with Marie Kondo’s mantra, we’re swapping out clutter for truly special pieces that bring us joy—like contemporary artworks that leave us smiling each time we pass them in the hallway. But, where do we look for such pieces, you ask? Enter Uprise Art, the New York-based, online art gallery that doesn’t just feature a well-edited selection of works by emerging artists, but it makes owning one (or several) markedly possible too. The six year-old gallery was founded by Tze Chun as an ingenious response to the art world’s age-old problem of, “if you can’t splurge, you can’t have it;” at Uprise, buyers can take home original works and pay for them over time via monthly payment plans (options vary per piece and are outlined here).

Chun inside Uprise Art’s Manhattan headquarters

With the art accessible, Chun moved to tear down another obstacle: the intimidation that comes with finding the “right” piece. Her solution of a customized art advisory service is what really makes Uprise stand out today— whether you’re an individual looking to spruce up your home or a professional seeking to elevate your office space, Uprise will connect you with a personal art advisor who will curate the perfect works for you based on your art likes and dislikes. Sure, this all sounds pretty great, but we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet: this totally unique, concierge-like service is– wait for it– complimentary. Yep, “complimentary” as. in. free!?! When we asked Chun to comment on this year’s most anticipated artists, two came to mind: Natalie Baxter, a Brooklyn-based artist known for her soft-sculpture (Chun notes that her Warm Gun series is also particularly relevant given today’s political climate) and Erin Lynn Welsh, an oil painter whose recent works incorporate sand, tea stains, and beet juice as homage to her recent journey to Joshua Tree. Overall, Chun predicts the new year will be heavy on, “artwork with a social message– i.e. text-based work– and work by women artists. At Uprise Art, we’re proud of the fact that more than half of our artists are women!,” before adding, “ceramics and fiber-based art are still gaining momentum too; there’s a preference right now for work where the artist’s hand and technique are central as opposed to polished or industrial or mechanically produced works.” At NYC’s Art on Paper fair next month, the online gallery will be out in full force, supporting artists Kristin TexeiraAdam Frezza and Terri Chiao, but until then, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite current pieces below. Go ahead and check ’em out… after all, it’s Friday and your white walls are tired of waiting.

Spotted Vase, Matthew Ward ($310); White Spotted Double Gourd, Pilar Wiley ($610).

Untitled #6, Dora Kontha ($700).

Polaroids: 12.01.13, 02.01.15 and 05.06.14, all Ryan James MacFarland ($250 each); No Future Plans, Ben Skinner (price upon request).

Sweet Vine Two and Sweet Vine One, both Kate Roebuck ($500 each).


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