Black and White Art
Shop our selection of limited-edition black and white art. Find the artwork that's right for your room, and add an elegant piece of art to your home decor!
Shades of Gray: Monochromatic Art
The contemporary use of black and white in visual media is closely connected with the rise of color film. Whereas we are accustomed to seeing old movies and pictures in black and white, with the availability of the full color spectrum, the use of black and white becomes a distinct choice, signalling the aesthetic intentions of the artist or documentarian. Today, artists work in black and white for many reasons. These often include aesthetic choices: the desire to provide a pared down view or representation, offering the glimpse of a perceived structure, without the distraction of bright and rich colors. An artist may also choose to show us a scene as it first occured to her, and in the artist's vision, this may have been something closer to the effect that black and white has on a viewer
Black and White Photographic Art
Because we see in color, black and white photography is, paradoxically, less "realistic" than our natural vision. When we see in black and white, we are always already seeing something abstract. Abstract art is thus related as an art form.
Our collection of black and white art includes a wide array of photo art. Explore exclusive photo art in contemporary, modern, and vintage styles.
Among our collections of signed and numbered limited editions and affordable editions we count abstracts, conceptual artworks, and nudes.
Black and White Art for your Home or Office
Whether you're looking for black and white art to sharpen your vision or to give a room a more serious atmosphere, our curated recommendations of art by room contain a wealth of inspiration and products to shop from. Shop our room collections to discover wildlife portraits for your office, or a modern, abstract work for your bathroom.
A bedroom might feature black and white works which make liberal use of grayscale, which presents a soothing alternative to the hard contrasts of images in bright whites and dark blacks. When selecting a black and white artwork for your kitchen or a living room, however, you may want to focus more on the theme and how it fits with your general decor concept.
Black and White Prints
Our expert curators understand the artistry and power that black and white prints are invested with. Consisting of photographs, painting on canvas, drawings, and digital art, they present a diverse set of purchasing options, all of which need particular attention in order to bring out their most impressive features. For this reason, we are committed to producing the highest quality pieces of art. Cheap canvas or a glossy laminate couldn't do justice to these powerful motifs. That is why we all of our products are produced on industry-leading photo paper using the newest and most innovative printing techniques. The unrivaled experts at our award-winning lab produce only the highest-quality fine art prints.
Framed Black and White Art
If you're looking to upgrade your wall decor, framed black and white artworks are a great place to start. One of the unsung virtues of black and white art is that it fits with pretty much any decor imaginable. They are unbelievably adaptable, making themselves at home in all home style choices. Whether you're a minimalist with bare, white walls, or whether your walls are bursting with color or stitched in by intricate wallpaper, framed black and white art will transform your space. Together with our production partners in the world-renowned Whitewall photo laboratory in Frechen, Germany, we offer a number of frame options. Floater and acrylic frames impart to a black and white artwork verve and depth that gives it a unique presence. Our mounting options under museum-grade acrylic glass both protects and imparts a modern look to black and white art.
Nude and Erotic Black and White Art
Our collections of nude black and white photography brings the human body into the foreground. Erotic black and whites traditionally encompasses but do not necessitate the naked body. The nude, by contrast, is an aesthetic interpretation of the naked body.
Abstract Black and White Art for Your Walls
In modern art, abstract art and a black and white color palette have gone hand in hand. As a movement away from the representational in art, abstract art began in the early 20th century, as a series of practical meditations on subject matter, color, and line in art. Modern abstract artists like Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky pried open what they perceived to be a stultified world of art theory, and reconceived the aims of traditional painting, bringing elemental shapes, lines, and geometry into the foreground, and seeing color itself as a potential subject matter - or, as it were, something completely outside of a traditional subject-object relationship presuppossed by representational painting.
Black and white art was largely borne out of these contemporary tendencies to abstraction, as a kind of zero point of reduction, similar in spirit to monochrome art. The black and white color scheme was also taken over from the world of graphic illustration, and especially photography as an art and as a method for documenting reality. Black and white photography has been so dominant among the various artistic mediums in terms of the use of black and white color schemata, that even black and white paintings and drawings are instantly reminiscent of photography and film in the years before color photography.
In mid-century art, the availability of art as part of people's home decor concepts stole away some of the autonomy of high art, drawing popular artistic taste closer to what was functional and practical in one's personal life. Black and white abstract art became relevant in its own right as a kind of widely available geometrical, patterned art which one could acquire as a print, as wallpaper, or on art and design objects which featured popular art or art specifically produced for home or office interiors. Above all abstract black and white art became one of the chief styles of minimalist art, the heyday of which began in the 1950's.
As part of one's home design, this artistic style maintains some of the relevancy it had in the scope of these earlier trends. The kaleidescopic city photography by Lu Wengpeng combines the pleasing patterning of black and white with the curiosity-inducing quality of abstract art more generally. Works by Lu Wengpeng and by architectural photographer Beomsik Won are friendly to a minimalist design. While consensus holds that abstract black and white artworks are amenable to most decor concepts, and can be featured in most rooms, our curators recommend taking the following considerations into account.