Industrial Art for Sale

Industrial artworks feature design, construction, technology, machines, architecture, and more. Discover the definition and history of industrial art, and explore our curators' selection of industrial artwork from the LUMAS portfolio.

What is industrial art?

The industrial in art encompasses a wide array of styles and subject matter. In contemporary art, it commonly includes machines or sites of industrial production as subject matter, as well as collage art and other pastiche works which feature industrial elements like screws or wiring as part of their physical makeup.

Artworks in industrial style are today sometimes registered as a subgenre of retro art. And this is not entirely incorrect. In part, industrial art has been a retrospective view onto fantasies of exposed gears and clockwork realities which are believed to have existed at one time, and which are now believed to have been overcome in the forward march of mechanical progress. But industrial art has also been futuristic, focused on qualities of speed, strength, and intelligence which are seen to be embodied in technological advancements. To a great extent, then, industrial style art is always deeply bound up with feelings about time and progress.

Industrial Art Past and Present

In a sense, industrial art is as old as industry itself. Metaphors of mechanization, and anxieties about the displacement of the human by machines animated the art and literature of the 19th century. Especially towards the end of the 19th century, industrial art first began to reflect some of the associations which to this day have proven to be most durable: handicraft, the manipulation of glass, metal, and wood. Featured in paintings as well as photographic and illustrated art, the industrial was associated especially with social movements which advocated the creative empowerment of the working classes, and the harnessing of crafts which held out the promise of reestablishing culture on the basis of earlier social forms. With their focus on social conditions and the "objective" (as opposed to the abstract), these trends were strongly bound up with realism in art.

Over the next several decades, the industrial element in art acquired wider associations. Futurists were attracted by the power and dynamism of the machine, seeing in it a locomotive force which could be co-opted by humankind. The designers, artists, and theorists of Bauhaus art sought to unify the futurism of machines, the abstract forms disclosed in technological progress and scientific inquiry, and the even functionalism of ergonomic design into a utopian paradigm of natural and industrial design. Later, artists and designers of minimalist art and mid-century modern art produced on a mass scale objects and artworks containing simple forms and patterns, part of a vision of bringing humanity into closer harmony with both nature and machinic efficiency.

In major trends of the second half of the 20th century, industrial art became bound up with artistic movements which drew on reproducibility, not firstly as a threat to authenticity, but instead as a productive force. Translated into the idiom of authorship, it gave the artist the possibility of hiding behind a mask. Andy Warhol's legendary pop art studio, for example, was called "The Factory", nodding to the perils and promises perceived by forerunners and contemporaries in the artworld who saw the factory as the original incarnation of modernity's ailments.

Especially in the latter decades of the 20th century, with the rise of fashion photography and of product photography as an artform in itself, along with increasing favorability towards the industrial as an aesthetic, industrial art began to come into its own. Today, it is featured in paintings, photographs, and digital creations, encompassing everything from automotive paintings to aviation photography.

Decorating with Industrial Art

Industrial art prints and photographs are a stylish and sophisticated interior design choice. Black and white and abstract industrial motifs can bring a design element into your home, harmonizing a given space by displaying a work of art which represents a concept for a given room.

 Curated industrial artworks: Construction by Manuel Ros
Manuel Ros
from $ 299  to $ 1,049
 Curated industrial artworks: Architecture view by Manuel Ros
Architecture view
Manuel Ros
from $ 599  to $ 1,299
 Curated industrial artworks: Area by Manuel Ros
Manuel Ros
from $ 299  to $ 1,049
 Curated industrial artworks: Central view by Manuel Ros
Central view
Manuel Ros
from $ 299  to $ 1,049

Curated Selection of Industrial Artwork

 Curated industrial artworks: Tunnel 15 by Carl Miller
Tunnel 15
Carl Miller
from $ 1,399  to $ 2,990
 Curated industrial artworks: Yellow Dance, New York 2008 by Maurizio Galimberti
Yellow Dance, New York 2008
Maurizio Galimberti
from $ 699  to $ 2,290
 Curated industrial artworks: Shanghai Projections IV by Sabine Wild
Shanghai Projections IV
Sabine Wild
from $ 899  to $ 2,990
 Curated industrial artworks: NY Projection LXX by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LXX
Sabine Wild
from $ 749  to $ 3,190
 Curated industrial artworks: Lincoln by Tim Bradley
Tim Bradley
from $ 799  to $ 1,599
 Curated industrial artworks: Gran Terminal by José Manuel Ballester
Gran Terminal
José Manuel Ballester
$ 2,390
 Curated industrial artworks: Race in Sicily by Frank M. Orel
Race in Sicily
Frank M. Orel
from $ 279  to $ 559
 Curated industrial artworks: Caracciola auf Mercedes Benz by Anonym
Caracciola auf Mercedes Benz
from $ 184  to $ 279
 Curated industrial artworks: Bridge 11 by Carl Miller
Bridge 11
Carl Miller
from $ 1,599  to $ 3,590
 Curated industrial artworks: Arcoditrionfoaliricamato by Maurizio Galimberti
Maurizio Galimberti
from $ 799  to $ 3,990
 Curated industrial artworks: Carmy House Floor Triptych by Jenny Okun
Carmy House Floor Triptych
Jenny Okun
from $ 949  to $ 1,599
 Curated industrial artworks: Taxi 2, NY by Alfonso Zubiaga
Taxi 2, NY
Alfonso Zubiaga
from $ 349  to $ 1,299
 Curated industrial artworks: Tianjin High-Rise by 3deluxe
Tianjin High-Rise
from $ 1,299  to $ 2,990
 Curated industrial artworks: DFSU 1520058 by Thomas Eigel
DFSU 1520058
Thomas Eigel
from $ 699  to $ 1,199
 Curated industrial artworks: O.T. (Caracas II) by Stephanie Kloss
O.T. (Caracas II)
Stephanie Kloss
from $ 649  to $ 1,699
 Curated industrial artworks: Jak-23 (Flora) Vorderansicht by Dirk Brömmel
Jak-23 (Flora) Vorderansicht
Dirk Brömmel
from $ 999  to $ 2,490
 Curated industrial artworks: Monster of Grace 2.1 by Graft
Monster of Grace 2.1
from $ 1,499  to $ 2,990
 Curated industrial artworks: Bridge 1 by Carl Miller
Bridge 1
Carl Miller
from $ 1,599  to $ 3,590