Not unlike living room sofas or bathroom tiles, art changes with the trends. One minute, you’re scooping up every adorable cacti print that catches your eye, and the next, your gallery wall is a personal homage of abstract portraits.
If you asked us to name one piece of art we see in every enviable home, we’d say Block Shop’s now-notorious Sidewinder print in a heartbeat. Minimal enough to blend in with just about any decor scheme but graphic enough to stand out on its own, the woodblock print’s undulating movement seems to have inspired the next big trend: line art.
True to its name, line art is based on a distinct display of straight or curved lines against a plain background. Often alluding to familiar silhouettes or abstract shapes, minimalists will appreciate its simplicity and singularity, while art enthusiasts of all walks of life will love the ease it brings to a busy gallery wall. Here are 12 pieces to get your collection started.
Inspired by the complex inner workings of flower cells, Gaspar’s microscopic portrayal of plant life is told through bursts of watercolor paint splits.
We love a conversation piece that tricks the eye. This piece might look like it was drawn by hand, but the naked figure is actually black wire.
Stockholm-based fashion designer and artist Eitil Toren Due’s graffiti-like portrait would look striking in a monochromatic bedroom.
Wirenfelt’s red rendition might seem simple at first, but the inspiration behind the piece is far from ordinary. “Go out, flirt, and do stupid things. But most importantly: dance and swing that hair,” the artist writes of the piece.
Each of the prints in the Simple Object series applies the same relaxed attention to shape and geometry. Lend calming energy to a tech-heavy space (media room, office, etc.) with the organic movement of this pick.
Hang this repetitive nude in the bathroom for a very literal translation or make an ironic statement by showcasing it in the kitchen.
The best part about this under-$10 find isn’t the fact that you get two works of art for the price of one but that you can print it on your own time. No postage required.
The beauty of this aptly titled ink drawing lies in the graphic juxtaposition between line, shading, and blank space.
And they told us you couldn’t complete a circle with lines. This sunny yellow spiral will take your eye on a never-ending loop.
As if slowly melting together, the gestural lines of this Scandinavian-inspired piece offer a less literal picture of thawing ice cream on a summer day.
While certainly the priciest of the bunch, every collection deserves one splurge-worthy find. Gee’s almost three-dimensional landscape is certainly up to par.
Unframed, this maze-like illustration comes in at just $100—making it an affordable pick with high impact.
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