Pattern Photo Art for Sale

Patterns make up a huge part of the visual lexicon of everyday perception, and of art. Shop our curators' selection of pattern artwork from the LUMAS portfolio, and find a piece of art for the walls of your home or office!

Patterns in art

In art, a pattern is a visual motif which is repeated, or in which irregular shapes seem to be composed in an intentional framework. Pattern art is art which takes patterns as motifs in themselves, or in which the pattern makes up a large part of the visual labor.

Patterns are an ancient practice in arts and crafts, present on the cultural artefacts of many ancient cultures. Islamic art is perhaps the greatest and longest tradition of patterned art, incorporating geometric, typographical, and floral motifs into characteriscially sinuous compositions, especially present on architecture.

In an artwork, patterns can be entrancing, establishing a rhythm that "guides" the viewer and defines the entire composition. This was the goal of the famous stairs art of MC Escher, for example, which resulted from a meeting of abstract art and mathematical speculation about the possibility of an endless staircase. Both irregular and regular patterns, by artists ranging from Gustav Klimt to Andy Warhol, play major roles in establishing a tempo on both the aesthetic and conceptual levels.

Today, patterns are the subject of a wide range of interest, from theorists of natural chaos and complexity searching for patterns in nature, to the psychology of human computer interaction. In aerial photography, the mile high view lends itself especially well to lines and repetition, visible from high altitudes. Beach photography from high perches like cliffs, or from aircraft, relies on pattern, not just expanding the scale of human subjects, but also imposing a repetition or order on them.

Pattern art and geometric designs

While some artists portray irregular and unique patterns, others seek out symmetry. This is characteristic above all in the 20th century history of interior and graphic design.

In modern art, the Bauhaus was the inspiration for many and various trends and movements which made strong use of regular, geometrical patterns featuring simple shapes. Geometric art was a style highly characteristic of mid century art and design, which took inspiration from the Bauhaus, and from the designer and textile artist Anni Albers.

Whereas in the textile and wallpaper design of art nouveau elaborate and distinct patterns patterns appear, in minimalist design they often appear as part of a larger unseen tapestry.

A parallel mid-century tradition is Op art, which describes a style of patterned, abstract art meant to create the illusion of movement. The optical art style builds on studies of human perception, and its spirit is found in lenticular art and motion photography.

LUMAS Pattern Artists

The LUMAS portfolio contains a wide range of drawings, paintings, and photography, featuring all types of artistic patterns, from snowflakes to calligraphy.

Sarah Morris is one of the world's most famous pattern artists, making use of straight lines and carefully balanced colors. Abstract black and white prints by Andrew Bordin are a tribute to the Art Deco architecture of New York City.

 curated pattern artworks: Set of 8 Coloured Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol
Set of 8 Coloured Campbell’s Soup Cans
Andy Warhol
$ 1,940
 curated pattern artworks: SALT II by Tom Hegen
Tom Hegen
from $ 799 to $ 2,190
 curated pattern artworks: Umbrellas movements by Nancy Lee
Umbrellas movements
Nancy Lee
$ 4,790
 curated pattern artworks: Adria IX by Bernhard Lang
Adria IX
Bernhard Lang
from $ 1,399 to $ 2,390
 curated pattern artworks: Hong Kong by Wenpeng Lu
Hong Kong
Wenpeng Lu
from $ 1,299 to $ 2,490
 curated pattern artworks: Infinite Mirror, Portland, OR by Andrea B. Stone
Infinite Mirror, Portland, OR
Andrea B. Stone
from $ 599 to $ 1,599
 curated pattern artworks: Vortex by Nancy Wood
Nancy Wood
$ 1,499
 curated pattern artworks: Dress Rehearsal  by Stephanie Hecht
Dress Rehearsal
Stephanie Hecht
$ 1,999
 curated pattern artworks: Cactus Abstraction 01 by Ed Freeman
Cactus Abstraction 01
Ed Freeman
from $ 699 to $ 1,299
 curated pattern artworks: Landscape IV by Holger Lippmann
Landscape IV
Holger Lippmann
from $ 649 to $ 1,799
 curated pattern artworks: "Schneesternchen #4" by Heinrich Heidersberger
"Schneesternchen #4"
Heinrich Heidersberger
$ 899
 curated pattern artworks: lost identity of value II by Sun Young Byun
lost identity of value II
Sun Young Byun
from $ 549 to $ 1,199
 curated pattern artworks: Tintenfische (Tsukiji) by Farin Urlaub
Tintenfische (Tsukiji)
Farin Urlaub
from $ 599 to $ 1,999
 curated pattern artworks: passing by II by Andreas Paul
passing by II
Andreas Paul
from $ 899 to $ 2,290
 curated pattern artworks: la foret III by Holger Lippmann
la foret III
Holger Lippmann
from $ 599 to $ 2,590
 curated pattern artworks: Baquedano I by Pablo Zuleta Zahr
Baquedano I
Pablo Zuleta Zahr
from $ 899 to $ 1,999
 curated pattern artworks: Einzelblatt (Portfolio Columbus) by Nam June Paik
Einzelblatt (Portfolio Columbus)
Nam June Paik
 curated pattern artworks: Alternativism o Construction by Martta Garcia
Alternativism o Construction
Martta Garcia
from $ 399 to $ 999
 curated pattern artworks: Red Rhapsody by Heiko Hellwig
Red Rhapsody
Heiko Hellwig
from $ 499 to $ 1,499
 curated pattern artworks: Fragments of Hanoi by Peter Stewart
Fragments of Hanoi
Peter Stewart
from $ 1,299 to $ 2,990
 curated pattern artworks: Berlin loves Bowie by Sandra Rauch
Berlin loves Bowie
Sandra Rauch
from $ 499 to $ 1,099
 curated pattern artworks: The Empire State Building by Jack Marijnissen
The Empire State Building
Jack Marijnissen
from $ 1,199 to $ 1,999
 curated pattern artworks: Archduke Leopold William in his Gallery of paintings in Brussels, Teniers by Lluis Barba Cantos
Archduke Leopold William in his Gallery of paintings in Brussels, Teniers
Lluis Barba Cantos
from $ 1,299 to $ 2,390
 curated pattern artworks: Baikalsee I, Sibirien, Russland / Thomas Monsorno by Mammut Collection
Baikalsee I, Sibirien, Russland / Thomas Monsorno
Mammut Collection
from $ 299 to $ 969
 curated pattern artworks: WE ARE THE JOCULAR CLAN (8) by Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami
 curated pattern artworks: Paris by Anne - Laure Maison
Anne - Laure Maison
from $ 1,199 to $ 1,999
 curated pattern artworks: Role Play by Iannis Pledel
Role Play
Iannis Pledel
from $ 1,199 to $ 1,999
 curated pattern artworks: The Troopers by David Eger
The Troopers
David Eger
from $ 299 to $ 799
 curated pattern artworks: Screen Time by Stephen Haley
Screen Time
Stephen Haley
from $ 1,049 to $ 3,390
 curated pattern artworks: Insanity by Peter Stewart
Peter Stewart
from $ 1,049 to $ 2,590
 curated pattern artworks: The Aupair by Vincent Poole
The Aupair
Vincent Poole
$ 1,699
 curated pattern artworks: Vendedores ambulantes II by Felipe Bedoya
Vendedores ambulantes II
Felipe Bedoya
$ 999
 curated pattern artworks: Mao Blossom II by Stephanie Hecht
Mao Blossom II
Stephanie Hecht
$ 349
 curated pattern artworks: Dress Rehearsal I by Stephanie Hecht
Dress Rehearsal I
Stephanie Hecht
$ 349
 curated pattern artworks: Monroe Asterism by Ross Holden
Monroe Asterism
Ross Holden
$ 1,799
 curated pattern artworks: Moscow, Kievskaya, Line 3  by Larry Yust
Moscow, Kievskaya, Line 3
Larry Yust
from $ 499 to $ 1,099
 curated pattern artworks: Brighton Beach Huts I by Michael Warrilow
Brighton Beach Huts I
Michael Warrilow
$ 649
 curated pattern artworks: Beetle (Origami) by Sarah Morris
Beetle (Origami)
Sarah Morris

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