If you are a creative professional looking for some inspiration or love art and design and would like to keep up with current trends, there are lots of art blogs that might help spark an idea and inspire you.
We have put together a list of our favorite art blogs that you must follow in the coming year to jumpstart your creativity. This list covers art blogs written by artists, art critics, art lovers, or simply people who appreciate art and like to share their views.
Here is our curated list of the Top 25 Art Blogs and Online Magazines
Hi-Fructose was founded by two artists by the name of Attaboy and Annie Owen in the year 2005. It is a magazine that is published quarterly. The art blog part is headed by Andy Smith. Hi-Fructose revolves around contemporary art and showcases the best artists of recent times. There is no fixed genre that it emphasizes. Each post highlights the works of a different artist, focusing on one notable work. A typical Hi-Fructose post also describes how the artist came up with the idea and the process behind the creation of the work. The post contains information about the artist and his/her quotes. Hi-Fructose appreciates and celebrates original artwork and inspires new artists to come up with better works. The blog is full of talented contributors and readers can expect as many as four posts every day!
Artnews is the oldest art magazine in the world. It would come as no surprise then that the content is rich and varied. Artnews has an art blog as well which publishes posts about art events, trends, artist profiles, art in general, as well as trending issues. With more than 703,000 followers on Instagram and 227,000 likes on Facebook, Artnews is also one of the most popular art blogs around. The blog has a separate section for reviews as well that contains hard-hitting journalism, a high-quality critique of artworks, and insightful reports. The ‘retrospective’ section looks back at artworks from the past and treats readers with valuable opinions and meaningful research. The blog has a wide reader base that includes both amateurs as well as experts. With as many as 8 posts every day, ARTnews is a rich database of articles and resources related to art.
Artforum is a New York-based art blog. It revolves around contemporary art and publishes enlightening critiques of visual art exhibitions. It also publishes news and articles on trending topics and issues. The blog has a separate section for Art and Education which has resources for aspiring artists who want to follow a career in their passion. Artforum has columns, shows, and a print media section as well. The blog also showcases works of present-day artists and provides valuable reviews. A part of the blog is completely dedicated to this. All in all, this blog brings together all art-related things in one place. You can even purchase merchandise and other artworks via this platform. It is a rather happening place for art enthusiasts with a minimum of 7 posts every day. The blog has 600,000 followers on Instagram and Twitter.
As the name suggests, this blog publishes content that talks about contemporary art. Started in the month of November in 2008, readers can expect a minimum of 3 posts from them every day. The blog has content that covers contemporary art events and exhibitions organized on a global level. Contemporary Art Daily also showcases submissions by amateur artists. The blog contains archives, information about art exhibitions, reviews, trending matters, and much more. Art enthusiasts can sign up to receive weekly emails from the blog. A typical post about an artwork displayed in an exhibition contains the name and bio of the artist, the artwork itself, the venue, date, and the organizers of the exhibition. The post sometimes contains a slideshow of all the works of the art exhibition.
This art publication from Australia is one of the most popular art blogs in the country. Content on the Frankie blog covers a wide range of domains. Art, craft, photography, design, music, film, and books are surprisingly just a few of them. You can find articles on cuisine, vintage artworks, and fashion as well. The Frankie blog also has a podcast section where you can enjoy the latest content published by them. Since Frankie Magazine is sort of like a Jack of all trades, its versatility is one of the major attractions for readers and art enthusiasts. The publication started in 2011 and comes up with a new post every week. You can also shop for products like diaries, calendars, books, and of course, printed issues of the Frankie magazine.
Another art publication that dedicates its content to mostly contemporary artworks, Mousse originated in Milan, Italy in the year 2006. It is published twice a month in English and Italian. Mousse is a classy magazine that publishes interviews with some of the most reputed artists and curators from around the globe. Along with that, Mousse contains essays and critical analysis of contemporary artworks by esteemed critics and artists. It is printed in a pleasant tabloid format. The online blog also contains a rich variety of articles and distinctive editorials. You can also subscribe to emails from Mousse to keep yourself updated about the ongoings in the art world. Mousse is one of the best art blogs and magazines in our opinion. The publication radiates class and finesse.
Cass Art is one of the best art blogs in the United Kingdom. Originating from London, Cass Art aims to inspire and propel new artists to the forefront. In general, Cass Art is an art supplies blog that ensures that talented and creative artists get the best prices on the highest quality of art materials in the market. The blog started in the year 2012 and since then has gathered more than 50,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook. The official website has categorized art supplies into painting, drawing, surfaces, craft, etc. It also has a separate section for products that are meant for kids. Not only this, Cass Art posts information about upcoming events in the world of art. Lastly, the blog also has information about art workshops in most of the important cities of England like Manchester, London, Liverpool, and Birmingham.
The Lost Art Press was founded in 2007 by two woodworkers, Jeff Hoffmann and Christopher Schwarz. The blog focuses on woodworking and publications related to it. You can find books, archives, and resources on the Lost Art Press. The aim of the blog is to create awareness about the ‘lost art’ of woodworking. The blog encourages high-quality books, which are made with the finest of materials. The founding members share half of the profit with the authors and give them due credit. Apart from books, you can also buy tools like hammers, electrical saws, scrapers, and other similar articles. There is also a section for clothing and accessories. The blog has a small following on social media but don't let the numbers fool you. The blog is a hotspot for artists and woodworkers. Apart from the online blog, the Lost Art Press also sells books via small to medium-sized retailers.
If the previous entry on the list wasn’t impactful enough, Colossal stands true to its name and is one of the biggest art blogs in the United States. Launched in 2010 in Illinois, the blog publishes content about visual arts. Colossal covers a wide range of topics with the likes of photography, animation, design, painting, and drawing bossing the show. You can also find stuff related to installation art as well as street art. The blog is a vibrant collection of resources related to art, design, and visual culture. Colossal has a whopping fan following of more than a million followers on social media. The range of content is so diverse that it is fascinating. Head on to the blog and click on the ‘More’ section to see a variety of categories and topics that you can explore. Lastly, you can buy funky merchandise in the e-commerce section of Colossal.
Spoke Art is an Art gallery in San Francisco. It also publishes articles, reviews, and news. The blog celebrates pop art and contemporary art and publishes content related to them. Spoke Art also organizes art exhibitions and events. It also publishes artists’ profiles and editions. On the official website of the Spoke Art, you can check out merchandise like pins, books, clothes, collectibles, and toys. All in all, the Spoke Art space is a vibrant and happening place where art enthusiasts can enjoy original content by some of the most creative artists in the world. Articles and reviews by Spoke Art are insightful, resourceful, and valuable. Once you visit a page on the website which is dedicated to a particular genre of art, you can browse through the related events, featured exhibitions, and featured artists. You can purchase magazines and printed editions of Spoke Art as well.
The Art League Blog is one of the largest and the best art blogs in the United States of America. It is based in the city of Alexandria and offers opportunities for artists to exhibit their works in art exhibitions and events. It is majorly a visual arts organization that serves artists in the DC area and beyond. The blogging website posts news and information for art students, enthusiasts, budding artists, as well as event-goers. The blog has categories like art classes, exhibits, artful resources, opportunities, events, and other resources. The Art League as an organization is more than 60 years old and has a huge collection of artworks and archives. Learn more about the Art League and how they have shaped up as one of the largest art blogs in the country.
Concept Art Blogs
Open Space, as the name suggests, is a platform for artists, writers, photographers, etc to share their concepts, ideas, and works. The blog is based in San Francisco and aims to make art accessible as well as meaningful to the common public. If you visit the blog/website, the format that they use radiates the very idea behind the concept. You’ll get a feeling of complete openness and versatility. The whole thing started in 2008 and has since then, gathered a large audience. The team members work closely with artists, organizations, and collaborators. Their columnist program grants life-long access to the blog as a contributor. Some of the categories that you’ll find on Open Space are columnists in residence, conversations, field notes, project space, reticulum, and impermanent collection. The ‘Work on Work’ section is an exemplary effort by Open Space that discusses ethics, labor laws, and morals in the art culture.
The blog Eye Level aspires to create a channel for people who love the visual arts. Started by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the blog aims to expose audiences to the experience of visually enjoying artworks. The biggest attraction of the blog is the ‘Art+Artists’ page. You can browse artists and see their profiles and their works. A typical artist profile page contains basic information about the person and a list of their artworks. Check out this link for an example. Apart from this, you can go through research materials and archives. The official blog also contains a list of art museums and information about them. You can find out about events and art exhibitions that take place in these museums. Lastly, readers can check out webcasts, videos, e-news, and interviews.
Art Bar is one of the best art blogs for kids. Art Bar is a family-centric platform that shares ideas for crafts that are meant for homes and classrooms. The blog curates the best and most creative artworks by young artists. The founder of the Art Bar, Bar Rucci, believes that formal education makes people lose their creative touch. She believes in giving children space and time to explore new ideas and formulate new ways to create things. Children should be allowed the opportunity to make mistakes and then learn from them. Every child is different from one another, and the Art Bar inspires children to explore their internal creative side and bring it outside. The Art Bar website has space where you can shop for art supplies as well. You can browse through books written by the talented founder. The blog has ideas for house parties and classroom events.
Art Blogs By Independent Artists
The founder of Lines and Colors is a person named Charley Parker, a cartoonist and webcomics artist. Professionally, Charley is a website developer. Charley wonderfully introduces his blog as a platform that accepts all forms of art or if we put it in his exact word, anything that has ‘lines and/or colors’. Lines and Colors is an exemplary effort that inspires artists to be versatile in their methods and art form. The blog is a rich collection of articles about all kinds of art forms like painting, drawing, sketching, illustration, comics, cartoons, etc. Charley does not call himself a critic. Contrary to that, he prefers calling himself an anti-critic. He heads a wonderful yet simple blog that fascinates us as well, making it one of our favorite art blogs.
Making A Mark is an art exhibition blog based in the United Kingdom. It is headed by artist and writer, Katherine Tyrrell. Not only does it post information about art exhibitions, but it also contains articles for art lovers as well as artists. You can find art news, ongoing/upcoming art competitions, etc as well. Along with this, Making a Mark offers readers with guides, tutorials, and how-tos. You can also visit links where Katherine posts her own artworks made with pastels and pencils. You can read about the materials that she uses to make these gorgeous works of art. Katherine also has published books to her name and not only heads Making a Mark but also writes for many other blogs. Some of them are The Art of the Landscape, Travels With a Sketchbook, and Botanical Art and Artists.
Canadian artist Jeff Hamada started this rather ‘noisy’ art blog in the year 2008. It is one of the most popular art blogs in Canada and has a huge number of contributors. It also attracts the highest number of visitors to its domain. With more than 15 posts per week, you’ll never run out of stuff to see and read. Booooooom’s content revolves around trending contemporary artworks. The blog contains reviews, critiques, news, trends, artists’ profiles, etc. Roughly divided into three sections, art, photography, and design, the blog aims to inspire new artists and enthusiasts. It also has a ‘Shop’ section where you can purchase drawings and paintings by artists from around the world. Users can apply to be a member of the blog. Artists can also submit their artworks and stand a chance to get featured in articles and posts.
Another fun place for art enthusiasts to explore! Hyperallergic is a Brooklyn based art blog for lovers of art as well as artists. The tagline ‘sensitive to art and its discontent’ says it all. The blog was started by Veken Gueyikian and Hrag Vartanian. The blog aims to drop some light on art, culture, and design from a contemporary point of view. Here you can find interesting interviews and valuable podcasts. The blog challenges the orthodox ways of looking at the art culture. You can find reviews related to a lot of topics like film, books, performing arts, and music. There are separate sections for poetry, essays, and comics. The blog also informs the public about art events and shares insightful reporting of previous events. You can explore their online store or even apply for an internship.
Another mention from the United States, Artsy Shark is one of the most innovative art blogs on this list. The outfit aims to create opportunities for budding artists. Artsy shark helps artists to build businesses by providing them with valuable advice and insightful business articles. The venture was started by Carolyn Edlund, who introduces herself as a person who loves to work with creative entrepreneurs and artists. It is very rare to find resources that link the art world with the world of economics and business. Artsy Shark bridges this gap and has been helping artists build their businesses for a long time. Artsy blog provides consulting services for artists, art website reviews, online courses, and artist statement writing services.
Started by Danielle Krysa in the year 2009, The Jealous Curator publishes, reviews, and curates artworks from around the world. The idea behind the unorthodox name, as Danielle Krysa explains, came from artworks that fascinated her so much that they made her feel awed and ‘jealous’ of them. The founder of the blog wanted to turn this fascination into something positive and healthy. Thus started The Jealous Curator, which celebrates artists, their lives, their passions, their methods, and of course, their art. The Jealous Curator is a blog which loved by more than 268,000 on Facebook. It has been featured on reputed platforms like the Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, InsideOut Magazine, and Brain Pickings. Passionate artists and students can hop on to this blog to find artistic inspiration and learn new things about the world of art.
Parka Blogs, based in Singapore, is an art blog which majorly publishes content related to animated works, movies, manga, video games, and books. Don’t let the small number of followers on social media fool you, Parka Blogs has a niche audience which greedily consumes its content. Also, Parka Blogs has worked in collaboration with many big companies like Dell and Mitsubishi. Parka Blogs started as a personal blog by Teoh Yi Chie. It then moved on to host stuff about art books, mainly related to comics, manga, and games. Teoh writes reviews of comic books and art books and offers a really unbiased view of them. The critique is valuable to those who are interested in purchasing art books or movies. Teoh makes sure that the artworks that he reviews are respected and he does not sell any third-party works. He does not upload scanned copies of books as well.
Go Gently began in 2004 by writer, artist, and podcaster, Michael Nobbs. Go Gently is one of our favorite art blogs simply because of the fact that it is hugely inspiring. Back in the 1990s, Michael was diagnosed with a chronic illness called ME/CFS that limits his abilities to perform daily tasks. In his blog, Michael Nobbs writes about his drawing, creating art, and building a network of other artists. He has written a few books as well. You can check out the ‘Free Resources’ section of the blog to get a taste of what Go Gently is all about. The ‘Go Gently Library’ is also a great place to listen to podcasts, download ebooks, or learn new things. The aim of this inspiring personality is to help others live a gentle, kind, and easy life. You can also subscribe to his monthly emails that have creative and inspiring messages for his followers.
Cassie Stephens is an elementary art teacher living in Nashville. She blogs about art projects for kids, lessons, ‘do-it-yourself’ tutorials, and apparel. The blog has been around since 2010 and has accumulated quite a fan following. The blog is a child-friendly space where kids and their parents can hop on and learn new stuff in an interactive way. Make sure to check out her ‘Early Finishers’ series and the ‘In the art room: Teaching kindness and teamwork’ category. Her personal projects and ventures are also worthy of praise. The school-wide collaborative for the library of her school is a colorful and gorgeous initiative she took to involve students to decorate the library. It is one of our favorite art blogs on the list.
Art Blogs on Illustrations
Lisa Congdon is an illustrator and an artist who started a blog by her name. She is known for her vibrant and colorful works. She has written 8 books about her experiences in the world of art and her opinions about them. She shares her learnings and her works on her blog. Along with posting her artworks, she also showcases other artists whose works fascinate her. She shares tutorials, guides, as well as relatable anecdotes from her life as an artist. Lisa Congdon has authored the best-selling book, Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Hookedblog (Streetart from London and beyond) publishes content about street art, illustrations, murals, graffiti, and screen paintings. It is a London based blog that started in 2005. The blog celebrates the art culture and lifestyle and posts news, exhibition details, and reviews. You can find books and screenprints on the website as well. The blog has a separate section that is dedicated to travel and street art. The street art space showcases murals and graffiti in places such as Brick Lane Street, Camden Street, Hackney Street, and Penge Street. The ‘Studio Visit’ page is also a vibrant and rich collection of screen prints and illustrations. The blog has a niche following of art enthusiasts and art lovers not only from London but from around the globe. The tagline 'Street Art from London and beyond’ summarizes the entire concept in just a few words.
Lora Marsh is an illustrator and a graphic designer based in Summerville, South Carolina. Lora started creating art since she was 14. Her works fall under a wide range of categories, some of which are fine art, digital art, and graphic design. She also hosts and organizes art-related events and exhibitions. Lora is an inspirational artist who turns her life struggles into positive artworks. Her blog is one of the most inspiring art blogs in our opinion. Lora expresses her mental, emotional, and physical states in her artworks. Her art titles indicate her experiences with mental health issues as well as her personal life experiences. Her works can also serve as Tumblr themes for art blogs written by other artists.
This blog is known for its amazing interviews with notable artists. The blog contains information about upcoming interviews as well. HGM attracts artists from all kinds of verticals; musicians, painters, graphic designers, illustrators, etc. It is headquartered in Portland, USA. You can also shop on their website for home decor, toys, books, and stationary. The blog also has a part that is centered around children. Apart from all this, the blog hosts events and art exhibitions that showcase different types of art and craft. The website has a separate section for events that you can visit via this link. The events page informs the reader about upcoming events and educates them about the agenda. The FAQs part of the page is also very helpful for newcomers. The location, time, and date of the event are also given in a proper format.
This blog, created by James Gurney, is meant for illustrators, Plein-air painters, animators, comic artists, and sketchers. The blog is a valuable inspiration for students and artists. This no-nonsense blog is a colorful and interesting collection of articles, archives, news, and trends. You can get access to resources from art schools and research material. James also provides valuable insights into working in a studio. These tips can help the reader to develop their artwork and build new concepts. The Gurney Journey also gives first-hand access to reports from art museums and colleges. The blog has a separate section for illustrations which you can check here. Other valuable material and content are also available on the Gurney Journey related to illustrations.
The internet is teeming with resources for art enthusiasts, art lovers, and artists. We hope our curated list of the Top 25 Art Blogs will inspire and expose you to new ideas and concepts that you can put into use. Let your creative juices flow!
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