Monochromatic prints can immediately elevate a space. A refined colour palette can subtly transform a room, introducing character and personality without overwhelming the interior.
For centuries, artists have used different shades to create monochromatic artworks, playing with depth and dark and light shades. In the 20th century especially, monochromatic paintings were a large part of contemporary art practice. Artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Anish Kapoor and Ad Reinhardt created abstract paintings using single colours. This innovative practice is still extremely popular today. Many of our artists experiment with different tonal variations, creating a wide range of stunning artwork that is easy to style in the home.
Here are just a few of our current monochromatic favourites from our ever-expanding community of artists.
Monochromatic prints aren’t always moody and contemplative, they can be fun and engaging too. The use of black and white in particular is popular in street art, particularly that of graffiti. This witty print by famous street artist Bambi is the perfect example of a monochrome artwork that can brighten up your decor without overwhelming your space with different colours. When hung pride of place in your home, the heartwarming stencil of the Queen and her corgi is sure to make everyone smile. Subtle yet funny, Bambi’s black and white street art style is a great example of a monochromatic print that pushes boundaries.
It’s a common misconception that monochromatic prints are purely black and white – this is definitely not the case. The word ‘monochromatic’ actually translates to ‘one colour’, so the use of multiple shades of the same colour in one piece would be deemed a monochrome painting. This lively artwork by Opake packs a visual punch. A unique take on a familiar childhood character, this monochromatic artwork is eye-catching and intriguing. In no way is this work limited by its refined colour palette; Opake cleverly uses white space, line and different shades of blue to delineate the character, adding detail to his work through clever shading placement. This would be a great pop of colour in a games room or bedroom - or anywhere that needs brightening up.
If you’re looking for an artwork that draws attention yet uses a refined colour palette, then Dan Hillier is an artist for you. His attention-grabbing compositions draw from classical imagery, as well as ancient traditions, mysticism and Victoriana. His moody pieces often include a piercing figure or face that centres the image, drawing in the eye. Dan’s monochrome colour palette enhances the dark feel of the work, creating a haunting atmosphere that emanates from the print and perfectly reflecting the gothic subject matter. Dan’s limited edition prints are an effective way to catch the attention of your guests, and they make a great conversation starter in any room.
Robert Owen Bloomfield is a master of the monochromatic colour scheme. His atmospheric landscape paintings are a perfect statement piece, achieved whilst using just the one colour. His tonal paintings create depth and realism by using multiple shades of black, evoking the true beauty of his tranquil landscape scenes. Robert’s mysterious silhouettes appeal to the viewer’s imagination and encourage them to create their own narrative about the scene before them. Robert’s original paintings emit a strong presence, and make a great addition to any room that lacks character. These works make a great statement piece in a living room or dining area.
If you want to discover more amazing monochrome artworks, make sure to check out our Monochrome Art Prints collection for some interior design inspiration.