London-born Finn Stone is an artist who is incredibly proud of his roots and his Irish parentage. In fact, he credits that eclectic background for his hugely talented, creative, flamboyant and eccentric style which is making him a contemporary art investment favourite.
Stone explores various mediums in his art, but the works that are gaining the most national coverage and attention in the public eye are his paintings created from paintbrushes. Such a simple idea, yet also a radical one that could possibly only be executed by a character such as Stone.
Conceptually, Stone is recreating popular masterpieces and images of some of history’s most important painters, including Leonardo da Vinci, Andy Warhol, Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.
Up close, it’s fascinating to see the depth of Stone’s skill and technique in pieces such as Vincent van Gogh (2016), a mixture of oils and cut paintbrushes set on board to recreate Self-Portrait, Spring 1887. The picture is instantly recognisable, with Stone’s imaginative use of paintbrushes giving an old classic several stunning new dimensions.
Vincent van Gogh is clearly a huge influence on Stone, who has recreated other works by the legendary impressionist artist.
As Chairman of a leading London art gallery, I know that as soon as we get a new Finn Stone in we almost immediately sell it. His work is proving to be incredibly popular. People are approaching us, asking when we’ll have a new original Finn Stone piece in, and requesting commissions for works from the contemporary artist.
It’s clear that Stone is already growing as a favourite in the world of contemporary art investment and attracting national attention with his quirky personality and highly engaging artworks.
In contrast to Stone’s paintbrushes, Robi Walters uses smashed vinyl records and recycled elements as the medium in some of his celebrated works.
Like Robi Walters, some of Stone’s art investment pieces are also created on a large scale, and represent outstanding display pieces and conversation focal points as well as significant art investments. While Vincent van Gogh stands at 63x46cm, Stone’s Francis Bacon (2016) tribute is an astonishing 176x150cm in size, and features used tubes of paint as well as cut paintbrushes and oils on board.
Stone says that each piece takes months to prepare – unsurprising due to the size and quality of some of his pieces – but that time is well spent in my opinion, with such original and unique artworks produced at the end of his creative journey. Finn Stone continues to delight a growing audience, and is a contemporary artist set for big things.
If you want to learn more about investing in contemporary art, take a look at ‘The Six Key Factors to Consider When Making an Art Investment.’ To find out more about any of our represented artists, please contact Maddox Gallery. Our Sotheby’s-trained art consultants will be happy to provide expert advice.
Written by James Nicholls, Chairman, Maddox Gallery.