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You Need to Follow These 7 Metro Phoenix Artists on Instagram

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Every now and then, it’s nice to find something other than cocktails and cats in your Instagram feed. So we’ve found several metro Phoenix artists whose Instagram accounts are worth a follow. Many post not only photos of their completed works, but also works in progress and works by other artists – plus images that reveal their artistic takes on everyday objects and encounters.

James Angel
Currently focused on the concept of future, Angel creates paintings, sculptures, and prints characterized by bold colors, clean lines, and a minimalist sensibility. A longtime member of the metro Phoenix arts scene, Angel uses his Instagram account to share images of both completed works and works in progress, as well as photographs from various art travels. Angel’s Instagram feed is delightfully free of pets and things he ate for dinner.

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Rachel Bess
Bess paints small, detailed oil paintings, typically portraits and still lifes, using traditional techniques. Her work explores the turmoil of everyday life, as experienced within, between people, or in relation to one’s surroundings. Often her paintings have a narrative quality, rife with conflicting moments and moods. For her Instagram bio, Bess describes herself succinctly: painter, drawer, and curious observer. Represented by Lisa Sette Gallery, Bess’ account includes images of completed works, works in progress, and various objects and materials used in her art practice.

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Daniel Friedman
One of three new Five15 Arts collective members, Friedman is an artist working in multiple media, including rebar, who also has experience as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, classroom teacher, and writer. An avid cycler, Friedman often shares photographs of nature or objects encountered in everyday life, plus the occasional picture of his family dogs.

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Lena Klett
Klett’s drawings and embroidery explore various elements in the perception of place using line, color, texture, and repetitive patterns. Her Instagram account features both the artistic process behind her drawing and performative works, as well as her finished works and works by other artists. Klett also shares photographs of various art spaces she visits, as well as intriguing combinations of objects and random finds from her everyday travels.

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Lily Reeves
An artist who frequently works with light, Reeves recently created a sculpture made of steel, acrylic, LED lighting, and neon inspired by distant, luminous celestial objects called quasars. Part of a Scottsdale Public Art’s PlatFORM series, you can see her work at the corner of Roosevelt Street and Scottsdale Road. Reeves’ Instagram account features her work in neon and other media, as well as various travel and art adventures.

Daniel Funkhouser
By day, Funkhouser installs and maintains public art for Scottsdale Public Art. Trained as a painter, he works in multiple media, sometimes including elements of self-portraiture. Several of his recent works are large-scale pieces infused with light and pop sensibilities, but he’s also created small-scale and jewelry pieces using laser-cut technologies.

Danielle Wood
Wood creates abstract ceramic forms influenced by nature, including the ocean and her desert surroundings, as well as introspection and the inner psyche. By blending textures, shapes, and colors, Wood creates accumulated forms that serve as metaphors for the subconscious. A member of the Eye Lounge art collective, Wood posts images of both completed works and works in progress, as well as photographs taken during travels and assorted art adventures.

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