Abstract Artists You Should Know About

By Kate Riley January 22, 2018

I was in Paris during the summer of 2016, and I spent an afternoon strolling the streets of Montmartre, a district famous for its art shops. That day, one particular painting caught my eye, it was a small yet bright pastel abstract painting that I fell in love with at first sight. Art is something I always look for when I travel, it’s the best kind of souvenir. I bought that little painting that day and I look at it every day where it sits on the shelf in my home office.

I collect landscapes and charcoal illustrations, but abstract art I find most appealing and I’ve collected several of them as well. The medley of colors and brushstrokes convey a different feeling depending on the piece: moody, cheerful, ethereal, etc. If you also collect abstract works, you should know about these talented artists.

1. Patricia Vargas



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2. Yang Yang Pan

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3. Michelle Armas


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4. Britt Bass


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5. Lola Donoghue



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6. Megan Elizabeth



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7.  Hilary Butler



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8. Jennifer Gautheir



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9. Julianne Strom Brill



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10. Jessica Matier



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  1. Kate, I would love to buy original art in Montreal. Can you give me some info on that picture in your link?? Thanks!

    • Hello Gray, if you’re referring to my design article, I mentioned the Rue St. Amable in Montreal

      • Yes! I wondered if it was open all the time or once or twice a year, and if you went there??

  2. Beautiful and varied selection! Thanks for always giving an aesthetic nod to artists offering their work directly to collectors online. I always see some nice new discoveries from your posts.

  3. HI Kate, I have someone that you should definitely know about – my friend KPalm (Kathleen Palmieri) is an amazing abstract artist, a dynamo mother to 5, and a beautiful woman with a kind heart. KPalm launched her business only one year ago and does commission artwork as well as sells gorgeous lucite lovelies. I know you will love.
    Follow her on Instagram and you will be amazed and inspired . Be sure to check out her Fun Sketch Fridays – very cool.

  4. These are great! Thanks for the round up! I myself am creative but when I attempt abstracts, it is so hard to do well. Makes me appreciate abstract artists so much!

  5. Thank you SO MUCH for promoting the work of real artists, and not telling people to pick up cheap factory work at homegoods or big box stores.

    This is the advice I always try to give people:

    Please please please do NOT buy art from big box stores!

    ONLY buy art from a place where the artist’s name is listed.

    Get art from places that benefit the artists themselves (so not a mass produced place like homegoods or any big store) the following sites have work from real artists but with affordable options. You probably can find real art by real artists for less than you would get from those mass produced factory art places like pier 1.

    It doesn’t have to be the original painting. Many artists sell prints of their own work for crazy reasonable prices.

    Don’t be intimidated. You can get nice work from an artist for under 100, 200, 300, etc. Sometimes it’s more, but these sites all tend to have affordable options.

    And you can often search by price, color, or theme. Loved your trip to Switzerland? You can find paintings of the alps. Avid bird watcher? Find photos or prints or your favorite woodpecker. Love the serene ocean? Tons of seascapes out there.

    Bad impersonal factory art can cost the same as real art from the artists themselves, so why not spend your money on real meaningful art?

    etsy https://www.etsy.com
    20×200 https://20×200.com
    Saatchi https://www.saatchiart.com
    society6 https://society6.com
    red bubble https://www.redbubble.com
    risdworks http://risdworks.com
    scad art sales http://www.scadartsales.com
    inaluxe https://www.inaluxe.com
    eyestorm http://www.eyestorm.com
    lumas https://www.lumas.com
    pure photo http://www.purephoto.com
    these fine walls http://www.thesefinewalls.com
    captured 52 http://www.captured52.com
    artfully walls https://www.artfullywalls.com
    tappan collective https://www.tappancollective.com
    mammoth and co https://mammoth.co
    citizen atelier https://www.citizenatelier.com
    minted https://www.minted.com/art?it_category=n_fineart&it_id=L2fineart
    McGee and co https://www.mcgeeandco.com/collections/artwork
    little paper planes http://www.littlepaperplanes.com
    sugarlift (curator works with you) https://www.sugarlift.com
    Ugallery https://m.ugallery.com
    serena and lily http://www.serenaandlily.com/art/
    Twyla https://www.twyla.com

    And specifically for kids rooms: https://www.boomboomprints.com

    Some larger chains like West Elm do partnerships with artists or companies like Minted to sell work by real artists.

    Also Wayfair and Houzz sell both factory and real art. Just make sure to check the listing and make sure it says “by Jane Smith” or whatever the artist’s name is. Skip the art that is not attributed to an actual individual artist.

  6. I’m a huge fan of abstract art! It’s the perfect way to incorporate the colors you love! I bought an abstract piece several years ago and didn’t even realize it was an abstract nude until someone pointed it out. I loved it!!!

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