Illustrative Prints For Sale

Discover our collection of illustrative prints for sale in our online art gallery. We showcase some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. If you’re looking for something for your home or workplace, try exploring our illustrative cityscape prints or illustrative botanical prints.

Kristjana S Williams is an Icelandic artist who creates incredibly detailed and fantastical worlds. In Columbian Jungle 2016 (2015) Williams juxtaposes black and white with bright colours to make the piece visually engaging and intriguing. Your eyes are drawn to the colourful birds in the centre, but as you look closer, the tree in the middle guides your eyes up and around the image to meet many interesting creatures. The result is a playful and busy composition that can leave you desperate to enter her exotic worlds of flora and fauna.

Bruce McLean is a notable artist in the contemporary British illustrative scene. His prints are bold yet simple, with figures and forms constructed of confident lines and a limited colour palette. His style and choice of subject is both unique and intriguing, as can be seen in works such as Qweesh not Quiche (2016).

History of Illustration

An illustration can be defined as a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation. It is a hugely versatile art form which blurs the distinction between drawing and fine art, with contemporary artists drawing influence from multiple sources, such as graffiti, fashion, computer games and animation.

The first examples of the recording of events through imagery can be dated back to cave paintings. Throughout ancient civilisations we can also witness a desire to record through illustrative decoration. In Ancient Greece, for example, ceremonies, sporting events and mythological tales were often drawn or incised onto vessels or used to decorate walls and mosaics.

In the 14th century, the invention of the mechanical printing process by Johannes Gutenberg meant that publications could be mass-produced and distributed. With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s, technological advances meant that printing became more rapid and illustrations became more commonplace.

It was in the 1800s that the profession of illustration really took off. The first wave of artists, such as Jessie Willcox or Frank E. Schoonover, demonstrated that it was a viable profession and attracted many more to illustration. It became popular to use illustrations commercially, in advertising but also for entertainment purposes, with Walt Disney establishing himself in the field with the first animated sound cartoon Steamboat Willie released in 1928.

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    Battersea Park by Kit Boyd

    Battersea Park

    Prints - 40x40 cm
    Slow Screaming #2 by Katsutoshi Yuasa

    Slow Screaming #2

    Prints - 61x92 cmRent for $140 /mo
    Thirty-Four Birds by Fran Giffard

    Thirty-Four Birds

    Prints - 70x54 cm
    A Quarter Past by Rebecca Coleman

    A Quarter Past

    Prints - 18x13 cm
    Arkitektur Lunduna Skyline 2017 (XX Large) by Kristjana S Williams

    Arkitektur Lunduna Skyline 2017 (XX Large)

    Prints - 59x168 cmRent for $120 /mo

    Greenhouse - Waterlily Large

    Prints - 76x76 cmRent for $65 /mo

    New York

    Prints - 79x94 cm

    Bird

    Prints - 52x42 cm

    Life Before Lokta

    Prints - 67x48 cmRent for $61 /mo

    Fox Stag

    Prints - 52x73 cmRent for $75 /mo

    A Tune

    Prints - 46x53 cm

    SENECA

    Prints - 42x29 cmRent for $50 /mo

    Spontaneous

    Prints - 47x62 cm

    Nova Utopia

    Prints - 134x172 cmRent for $345 /mo

    Lorikeet Large

    Prints - 84x59 cm

    Le Passage #1

    Prints - 60x45 cmRent for $75 /mo

    Take Art for the Heart

    Prints - 54x40 cmRent for $80 /mo

    Fragmentary Colossal Head of a Youth

    Prints - 42x29 cmRent for $50 /mo

    SWIMMING IS MY LIFE!

    Prints - 86x61 cmRent for $67 /mo

    Meta Koi

    Prints - 30x30 cmRent for $43 /mo

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