A recent report by artnet news put total sales of Middle East-produced fine art at over $399 million USD since 2011. Set against total sales of European or North American artists, the number’s not exactly a masterpiece. (Consider that sale of a single piece - a 1969 triptych by British painter Francis Bacon - fetched $142.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2013, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.) But these figures do reveal a healthy market for regionally produced art, and a growing appetite for more; 2014 sales value was nearly eightfold what it was in 2004.
Who are the top artists in this market right now? The analytics team at artnet scoured their Fine Art and Design Price Database, sifting through auction results from 2011 to the start of this year.
We pulled the top 16 and summarized their credentials for you. Feast your eyes on some of the priciest products to come from the Middle East’s painters.