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26 Black Artists That'll Help You Start Your Own Art Collection

To help you #BuyBlack today, tomorrow, and always.

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1. Monica Ahanonu has an instantly recognizable signature style, marked by vector illustrations and an impressive mastery of daring color combinations. You've likely seen her work already and just not realized it!

2. Stormy Nesbit brings a modern lens to her minimalist illustrations, focusing on uplifting images of Black figures with messages of self-care and self-love that'll tie together any space in your home.

3. Emma Hall loves bright colors, nature, and anything bohemian-inspired. All of which is evident in her quirky, colorful illustrations, which retain a handmade feel despite being digitally produced. In her shop, you'll find something (or many things) for you, and maybe even something for the kids, since she has hands-down the coolest animal alphabet cards I've ever seen.

4. Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. specializes in wildly colorful letterpress printing inspired by proverbs, sayings, and quotes — often with social and/or political commentary baked in. Looking for something one of a kind? His method often involves overprinting multiple layers of text, resulting in no two prints being truly identical.

5. Alleanna Harris captures the beauty of everyday sights in her playful — and at times beautifully nostalgic — illustrations. If you live in Philly and don't snag some of her Philly food-themed pieces, you're doing it wrong.

6. Mary Joak spent some time taking fashion courses, and it shows! Her celebratory portraits depicting Black people and culture all have one thing in common — careful attention to the subject's wow-worthy outfit and accessories.

7. Diane Hill paints joyful pieces inspired by an 18th Century style called Chinoiserie (pronounced shin-waa-zuh-ree), which is largely influenced by East Asian artistic traditions. Her pieces have incredible depth, often depicting birds and other scenes from nature.

8. Leeya Rose Jackson celebrates the beautiful spectrum that is femininity through her illustrations, many of which juxtapose everyday imagery with a whimsical pastel color scheme. What better way to celebrate that Nalgene water bottle you love so much than to put it on your wall?

9. e bond is a true multihyphenate — artist, writer, bookbinder, educator, designer — with an unapologetically vibrant style that she applies both to her art prints and to her handmade journals!

10. Domonique Brown gives us the best of both worlds, delivering a mix of energetic pop-art portraits and sleek minimalist abstractions that any gram-worthy gallery wall could benefit from.

11. Airielle Marie pulls inspiration from fashion and beauty, creating of-the-moment illustrations with dreamy neutral palettes that celebrate both. Millennial pink-lovers, you're bound to find about 12+ things you want on your walls NOW.

12. Nom takes those macramé wall hangings you've come to know so well to the next level, weaving deceptively complex geometric designs throughout her contemporary fiber art wall hangings.

13. Ngabo D. Cesar astounds with his magnetic portraits of Black people both real and imagined. The largely self-taught visual artist is just 25 years old and counts big names like Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o (and now you!) as fans.

14. Alannah Tiller simplifies and abstracts everyday objects and people, finding a new and unique POV to translate into her minimalist illustrations. In her own words: "It all started with a lil' scribble."

15. Felicia Jackson possesses a distinctly modern style. Primarily depicting Black women with minimalist shapes and bright colors, her work expertly captures a joyful sense of movement. Makes ya wanna dance!

16. Charlotte Dyce paints people, managing to capture raw emotion in each of her meticulously crafted portraits. These are the types of paintings you could look at over and over and, depending on your mood, feel something new every time.

17. Aurélia Durand depicts Afro-descendants as joyful, proud, and empowered through her vibrant pop-art illustrations. She's blown up on Instagram (for obvious reason) and just this year illustrated the New York Times bestseller This Book is Anti-Racist.

18. Aminah Dantzler creates modern illustrations featuring clean lines and bold colors with the hopes of capturing and uplifting the unique essence of other women, especially Black women! Her shop is *the* aesthetic destination for all your GRL PWR needs.

19. Tye Jiles combines rich colors and bold geometric shapes to create dynamic illustrations that tell a story about the beauty of different cultures. Every piece is like an exciting visual feast. Just eat up all that incredible color!

20. Birungi Kawooya combines paper silhouettes and vibrant African textiles to bring to life the beauty of the African diaspora. And 10% of all sales go to Sistah Space, a community-based org working to bridge the gap in domestic abuse services for Black women and girls.

21. Donice Bloodworth Jr. infuses his rich portraiture with an almost graffiti-like feel, including paint-dripped faces as a signature element. Crowns are also a persistent theme, which is fitting since Donice can often be found on Instagram promoting and celebrating other Black creators.

22. Sharon Walters mixes magazine cutouts and photography to hand construct collages that explore Black beauty and identity. Looking at how detailed these are, I'm convinced she is the most patient person alive.

23. Adrienne Brown-David frequently depicts her own children in her art, seeking to capture an image of Black youth that is pure and uninterrupted by society's tendency to cut those very childhoods short. Her style ranges widely from hyperrealistic pencil drawings to more abstract paintings.

24. Elisa Bell creates punchy prints with bright "in your face" colors and feel-good motifs. The best way to describe her work is "endlessly fun," which is the kind of energy any home can benefit from.

25. Alicia Noelle Jones explores the archetypes of her Caribbean roots through vivid abstract depictions of nature that'll make your indoorsy space look a little more outdoorsy (and A LOT more cool).

26. Bethany J. Garita favors digital art (though she's skilled in a variety of mediums), creating playful images of Black women joyfully living life — as spooky witches or otherwise.

Want more products from Black-owned businesses? Check out Cool Products from Black-Owned Businesses, Black Womxn-Owned Etsy Shops, and our ongoing Minority-Owned Business Gift Guide 2021, which features loads of products by Black entrepreneurs that we think you'll love.

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