Many people select artwork that will simultaneously brighten up their home and add a dose of much-needed colour to their interiors. Nevertheless, often a darker painting can have an equally as dramatic and eye-catching influence.
This is especially true when black paintings are placed against a light block colour background. It’s a brilliant way to create a striking contrast, whether you choose to arrange multiple images together to create a gallery wall or to focus on just one single piece.
Black paintings are additionally very effective at bringing a certain mood to a room depending on their subject matter, composition and overall size. Dark images of nature can be used to evoke an aura of elegance and mystery, while bolder pop art-inspired prints can add playfulness to a space without being too in-your-face.
Unsure how to master the art of black paintings in your own home? Here we take a look at a few artists’ works that are perfect for adding a touch of darkness and drama to your walls.
Sophisticated and sleek, Antonio Brasko’s fashion-inspired prints are a stunning choice for bright and airy rooms in need of a little creative flair. The Oregon-based artist has worked hard to develop an inimitable abstract style that merges high-end fashion with echoes of both peppy pop culture and more traditional fine art.
His Chanel Abstract is a no-brainer for those with a passion for fashion. The piece also reflects classic motifs of street art with its paint splattered border, large scale and eclectic use of materials. Thanks to its immense size, the predominantly all-black painting is the perfect statement piece for a central blank wall in your home – whether that’s in a living room, bedroom or entrance hall.
While you might picture nature as containing a riot of different colours, there’s something very appealing and almost ethereal about seeing it from a monochrome perspective. One artist who is a master of creating black paintings of the natural world is Robert Owen Bloomfield.
The London-based artist uses typical street art techniques to produce thought-provoking pieces that are simultaneously classic and undeniably contemporary. His series of black landscape paintings mostly depict mountain scenery inspired by different terrains from around the globe. Many feature a mesmerising mist effect – such as his piece Above the Mist – that has been painstakingly created via the innovative use of spray paint.
Whether placed against a white wall or integrated into a distinctive colour scheme, Bloomfield’s black paintings are truly timeless and easily stimulate the imagination with their simple, stripped back beauty.
If you like your art to be a little tongue-in-cheek, a darker print with a pop art edge may be the ideal fit. Highly-acclaimed Polish-born artist, Whatshisname, is famed for his digital prints that poke a satirical finger at well-known popular culture artists. While many of his pieces feature bold bursts of colour typical to more traditional pop art, his POPek Black series is strikingly monochrome.
Inspired by the balloon animal sculptures created by American artist, Jeff Koons, Whatshisname’s own Balloon Dogs collection is designed to put a smile on your face with its creativity and cheek. His black digital giclée prints of his original sculptures look fantastic in modern homes and can slip nicely into almost any décor scheme.
For some, choosing art that has some kind of personal connection is crucial. This might be a print that nods to your favourite music genre or a canvas depicting a destination you’re particularly drawn to. Why not take this concept to a new level with a piece with astrological links?
Black and gold is an elegant colour combo that’s been used effortlessly in Ricky Byrne’s zodiac series. The London-based artist is known for creating stunning screen prints that are minimalistic in their aesthetic yet always attention-grabbing in their subject matter. Whether you’re a Gemini or an Aries, the simplistic design and traditional typography make the prints a great match for living rooms and home office spaces.
Byrne’s distinct use of photography, printmaking and digital techniques can also be seen in his Rose 1 screen print. Predominantly black in colour, it also features a delicate pink rose at its centre. The two designs sit in stark contrast to each other and you might even interpret them as exemplifying the intrinsic relationship between life (the rose) and death (the dark circle of black surrounding it).
Look to the animal world with Owain George’s monochrome photorealism
Keen to bring the animal world into your home? Owain George’s incredibly detailed, photorealistic depictions of wildlife from Asia and Africa offer both beauty for your walls and a chance to reflect on humanity’s ever-evolving connection with nature.
George was shortlisted for the Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2017 and is definitely one to watch when it comes to provocative, animal-inspired art. While many of his works are vibrant with colour, some boast black as the central shade. This purposefully dark palette, as seen in Abated Breath, is subtly used to reflect the ongoing dangers faced by many animal species.
The larger-than-life portrait of a tiger fills the frame, yet the jet-black background gives the illusion of the creature disappearing into darkness – just like it might eventually disappear from the Earth due to extinction.
If you’re feeling inspired to add a classic black painting to your home décor, take a look at our full collections of black artworks. The timeless shade can easily be integrated into any interior scheme and is wonderful at adding emotion or a subtle sense of style to a space.