12 Southern Artists to Buy Now

Photo courtesy Gately Williams

Photo courtesy Gately Williams

There’s a strong correlation between fashion and art—many even argue that perfecting style is an art. One such woman that illustrates the union is Atlanta-based Sally King Benedict, whose sunny abstract prints are the golden ticket for brightening up any room. Following her line of work, her sense of fashion effortlessly walks the line between working painter and gallery gal, which is why in March we declared Sally one of the Most Stylish Southerners.

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your walls, or just like to have your finger on the pulse of the art world, here Sally dishes on some of the best modern-day artists hailing from the South.

Kate Long Stevenson (b. Greensboro, North Carolina; living/working in Charleston)
Katie is a graceful, thoughtful, meaningful artist who’s work will forever remain timeless—it is stimulating and rhythmic and can attract anyone’s eye.”

Lulie Wallace (b. Columbus, Georgia; living/working in Charleston)
Lulie never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful, energetic work alongside her soulful, kind spirit. She is truly a ray of sunshine.”

Mary Nelson Sinclair (b. Dallas; living/working in New York City)
Mary Nelson has a remarkable ability to achieve beauty and balance in whatever medium she chooses. Her eye has a sophistication that can’t be taught. She will always remain in front of the curve.”

Kiki Slaughter (b. Charlottesville, Virginia; living/working in Atlanta)
Kiki is an incredible artist not only because of her rich and beautiful work, but because she is truly one of the most devoted artist I have ever met. An effervescence radiates from her in the most genuine of ways. Her work comes from a place you know is real.”

Tim Hussey (b. Charleston; living/working Los Angeles)
Tim is such an amazingly versatile and exciting artist. His work has a presence that gives a glimpse into the complexity and charm that Tim evokes. I will always look up to him and respect the cohesion in his work.”

Ansley West (b. Atlanta; living/working Darien, Georgia) 
“With complex, dreamlike photography, Ansley’s work is both visually and mentally stimulating. There is an element of mystery that I find so incredibly intriguing.”

Mallory Page (b. Lafayette, Louisiana; living/working in New Orleans) 
Mallory has an ability unlike any other artist to showcase color hues in their most beautiful states. Her work has a purity and clarity that makes the viewer immediately fall in love.”

Sarah Boyts Yoder (b. Fort Worth, Texas; living/working in Charlottesville, Virginia) 
“An incredibly soulful and beautiful person who’s work reflects all elements in her life. Sarah’s work is vibrant and approachable, and she has an energy that would make anyone at ease.”

Teil Duncan (b. Columbus, Georgia; living/working in Charleston)
Teil is an impressively prolific painter with bold and color-rich pieces that can practically feel three-dimensional, they are so good. She has an extremely honed eye for perspective, and I love seeing her work consistently evolve.”

Way Way Allen (b. Columbia, South Carolina; living/working in Charleston)
“I love the feeling I get every time I see one of Way Way’s beautiful pieces. There is a whimsy, airy flow to her work that makes me feel lighter than I was moments before. She is a beauty inside and out, and her work reflects her persona in such a lovely way.”

Britt Bass Turner (b. Milton, Georgia; living/working in Athens and Atlanta)
Britt has an incredible sense of color and composition and is so steady with creating amazingly lively work. She is a multi talented artist with the ability to do whatever she puts her mind to.”

Michelle Armas (b. Atlanta; living/working in Atlanta)
“How could you not adore this artist? Her spirit is infectious with originality bursting at the seams; Michelle continues to impress and enlighten all of us. Her work is full of magnificent gust, and I love it.”

Karen Ann Myers (Grand Rapids, Michigan; living/working in Charleston)
“I always feel like my art vocabulary needs work when I’m in the presence of Karen Ann Myers. This artist knows what she’s talking about. I love the forwardness she possesses in life and in work. She’s methodical, dedicated, and innovative in her approach to creating vibrant, intoxicating pieces.”

Check out the rest of our 75 Most Stylish Southerners



  1. Shelly

    So many artists! Some amazing southern abstract art from Georgia here . . . http://leitworks.com/portfolio/abstracts/

    January 5, 2016 at 7:34 pm
  2. Brandon

    They are missing http://gregcartmell.com/ as he’s got some incredible paintings!

    April 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm
  3. Susie Kate

    Check out Atlanta artist Susie Kate for modern, colorful abstract paintings

    November 25, 2014 at 11:59 am
  4. Trixie Stiles

    Most of those are not art, they are finger paintings.

    October 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm
  5. August Gallery Crawl | South End Charlotte

    […] Ava Lyons, it also features Sally King Benedict and Kate Long Stevenson were recently named by Southern Living Magazine as 12 Southern artists to buy now. Link to their works via the […]

    July 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm
  6. tandy bowers

    Try Stephanie Wheeler too! I have bought many of her things and she is an amazing artist!

    April 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm
  7. Sara Jane Klingaman

    It would be nice to include an example of each artist’s work or at least a link where someone can see more…

    April 11, 2014 at 4:29 am
  8. Tim Hussey

    If only the artists had links to their work!
    Tim Hussey:

    April 10, 2014 at 10:32 am
  9. Di Yensan

    Dallas based Morgan Everhart, http://www.morganeverhart.com is amazing too!

    April 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm
  10. Chris Burke

    Please take a look at my mothers work. She is living and working in North Carloina

    April 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm
  11. Bunky Ralph

    Brad Robertson, Mobile Alabama

    April 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm
  12. Betty Burgess

    I know this is just a sampling of Southern artists–that there are many others who could have been included. One of them is Iain Stewart of Auburn, Alabama. Take a look at his work and perhaps do a feature on him in an upcoming article. http://iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com/works

    April 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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