Discover our selection of watercolour paintings for sale or available to rent online today. To make buying original paintings easy, we’ve selected the very best contemporary watercolour painters and put them all in one place for you. Our collection is ever evolving to remain exciting and diverse, with varying styles and subjects. If you are not sure where to start, take a look at our abstract, impressionistic or illustrative styles.
Not sure where to start? Take a look at some of our artists: Self-taught Belgian painter Pol Ledent whose stunning watercolour paintings are splattered with bright colour, creating bold and striking works sure to add a welcome injection of colour to any setting.
If you’re more interested in works which feature a traditional watercolour palette, look no further than the pieces executed by Tou Toa. The artist uses traditional colours and hazy blends giving an almost dream-like feel to his landscapes and portraits.
Another water painter whose landscapes are not to be missed is British artist Paul Hirst. Hirst’s distinctive style lends a certain energy to all of his landscapes, whether they follow traditional norms or subvert them to offer a more expressive, personalised encounter with the natural world. His unique colour palette of warm earthy tones contrasts against deep greys and blues to produce a hugely dramatic and emotional visual effect.
Watercolour paintings date back to the Palaeolithic ages when prehistoric humans would adorn their cave walls with paintings created out of mixtures of ochre, charcoal and other natural pigments. Watercolours were also used in Egyptian art and were painted on papyrus.
Traditional Chinese painting with watercolours developed in Asia in around 4000BC primarily as a decorative medium and by the 1st century AD the art of religious mural painting had developed. By the 4th century, landscape watercolour painting had established itself as an independent art form across Asia.
In the 21st century, artists have taken advantage of this unique medium to create stunning pieces of art. Watercolour paints offer exceptional versatility and can be used to create rich, vivid tones, as well as soft and soothing forms.