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In Search of the Next Big Thing; A Rothko Bought in 1960 for [Pounds Sterling]4,000 Has Just Sold for [Pounds Sterling]36.4 Million. So Can You Truffle out the Artists Worth Buying Now? with the Graduate Shows Kicking off This Week, and Kay Saatchi's Anticipation Show Launching Tonight, Simon Davis Introduces Year's Young Talent from the Colleges. You Might Just Find the Next Damien Hirst

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In Search of the Next Big Thing; A Rothko Bought in 1960 for [Pounds Sterling]4,000 Has Just Sold for [Pounds Sterling]36.4 Million. So Can You Truffle out the Artists Worth Buying Now? with the Graduate Shows Kicking off This Week, and Kay Saatchi's Anticipation Show Launching Tonight, Simon Davis Introduces Year's Young Talent from the Colleges. You Might Just Find the Next Damien Hirst

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A BARGAIN ... BUT FOR HOW LONG?

RYAN MOSELEY GRADUATING, MA ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART A painter whose work is extremely personal: "The tools I have used to document my experiences have a sort of a duality: paint has become the pencil and the pencil has taken on the attributes of paint."

NAIM MAQEDONCI WWW.NAIMART.COM Currently studying BA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art. He won the Hans Brinker Budget Trophy 2007. His work costs upwards of [pounds sterling]100.

JESSIE BRENNAN GRADUATING, MA ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART "I construct figurative narratives made from memory, imagination, collaged photographic resources," says Jessie. "There is an honesty and vulnerability in drawing but also a raw and graphic quality that resonates with my subjects: an intimate crowd at a burial, young girls in confirmation dresses, a child bathing."

CHRISTINE AERFELDT CURRENTLY ON MA FINE ART COURSE AT CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN.

While living in Australia.Christine exhibited in a number of galleries there.

She is not sure how much her work would go for in this country, so she is happy to negotiate. Her work will be on show at the Chelsea College of Art and Design MA show 20-23 September.

ON THE RISE

BENEDETTO PIETROMARCHI INFO@ARTWORKPRODUCTIONS.NET Went to art school in Italy originally studied architecture. Graduated 2000.Benedetto makes surreal objects, taken out of their ordinary context. He's constructing a surreal world, whether with four-metre high chariots, giant lightbulbs or imaginary people. Prices start at [pounds sterling]2,000.

JAMES TYE MA PHOTOGRAPHY, LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION A Londoner currently exhibiting at the AOP Gallery on behalf of the Student Awards, and is also showing at the Creekside Gallery, Deptford until 3 June.

He describes his work as "portraiture about people". His images are the product of more than a year pursuing professional boxers during title fights around Britain. The project became an exploration of a masculine sub-culture normally dismissed as barbaric but suffused with acts of respect and great affection.

His work sells for [pounds sterling]700.

YUKO NASU MA FINE ART, CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Nasu says her Imaginary Portraits are representative of the anonymity that cities provide and also how people vent their prejudices towards one another.

She works in oil and pencil and her next exhibition runs from 30 May until 23 June at The ZiZi Gallery in Mayfair. Her works sell for [pounds sterling]500.

ASHLEY MILLER MA BOOK ARTS, CAMBERWELL COLLEGE OF ARTS From San Diego, she has lived in Stepney for two years. Her melancholic line-based paintings aim to "visually turn ideas inside out", she says. Words and images fuse to portray one thought or idea. Since graduating last year she has been freelancing as a designer. Her work sells for [pounds sterling]500-600.

POPPY DE VILLENEUVE BA PHOTOGRAPHY AT LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION (FORMERLY LONDON COLLEGE OF PRINTING)

GRADUATED 2002 Her exhibition, The Strangers, features portraits of inmates from Louisiana State Penitentiary. Nicknamed "Angola", it's the most infamous and largest maximum-security prison in the US.

Eighty-five per cent of the inmates have killed, raped or robbed with violence.

Building personal relationships over three years, de Villeneuve took bare portraits, shot against white backdrops that force the viewer to confront each prisoner face to face. "When you spend time with these men and talk about their lives," says de Villeneuve, "then moral judgements become confused. Those guilty of such crimes can also, in many ways, be human." She has established a successful commercial photography career (Vogue, Dazed & Confused and Art Review) but this is her first public gallery solo show. Now's the time to buy.

The Strangers runs from 1-29 June at The Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, W1. …

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