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Ready to create a website for your art?
There are lots of artistic and stylish WordPress themes available for artists and painters.
In this collection, I’ve selected the best themes available for creating an art gallery site for paintings. Each theme listed below has beautiful layouts for portfolios, and some even have eCommerce integrations so you can sell paintings directly from your site.
WordPress themes for painters
These themes are responsive so they look great on mobile devices. Visitors can browse your artwork and even buy paintings and have them shipped to their homes all on their smartphones.
1. Wave by Dany Duchaine (Themeforest)
Wave is an awesome theme for showcasing your artwork. It’s full of sliders and galleries, so visitors will find your work everywhere they look.
Wave has a simple but modern style. There is plenty of space, clean sans-serif fonts, and a modular style layout. One of the coolest parts of the design is the gallery page. Rather than just displaying a lot of images, each graphic displayed is a highlight from an entire project. Visitors can click on any image to view dozens more images from that project.
Most themes with a homepage slider will fill up most of the screen with it. I like how compact the slider in Wave is because you can get a preview of the next section too which should improve engagement. The homepage is modular i.e. built with sections and you can choose exactly which sections you want to display. Overall, it’s a pretty flexible theme with a nice design for showing off an art portfolio.
2. Paint by Buddha Themes (Themeforest)
Do you run a painting company? Unlike the other themes on this list, this is a WordPress theme for house painters rather than artists.
Paint has a really cool and colorful design that will make your site pop. This friendly style will get visitors browsing and clicking through your site where they’ll find the services you offer, photos from past projects, and customer testimonials.
This theme for professional painters comes with beautiful gallery designs. Afterall, showing off your previous work is one of the best ways you can sell yourself to potential clients. For larger operations, there’s a store finder to help visitors find your closest establishment.
Paint has a few extra features that make it an exceptional product. For instance, there’s a complete booking system. Visitors can check your availability and schedule appointments straight from your site. Payment processing is handled easily with WooCommerce which Paint supports flawlessly.
3. Artday by Woss Themes (Themeforest)
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated design, you need to give Artday a look. This WordPress theme for artists has an elegant aesthetic with lots of white space, simple layouts, and minimal color palette that make it a strong choice for a fine art website.
Artday will be an effective theme for an artist looking to generate sales with their site. While all of the themes here have nice layouts for artwork portfolios, Artday emphasizes the eCommerce store (powered by WooCommerce). Since the shop is also laid out like an online art gallery, there’s no reason to list your paintings without the price and purchase buttons.
The eCommerce product pages are well-designed in Artday. You can add multiple photographs of each painting and visitors can click them to view a larger version in a lightbox. They’ll also find related work below to assist with browsing. This theme wouldn’t handle hundreds of paintings well, but for an individual artist, the design will work perfectly for a small body of work.
4. Illustrator by Edge Themes (Themeforest)
Illustrator is a gorgeous theme that fits illustration and vector art especially well. While the screenshot above showcases this theme’s ability to develop a personal brand, there are many other designs available that focus more on the art.
Besides the beautiful aesthetic, Illustrator stands out with its incredible flexibility. Don’t just use the screenshot here as the sole example of how this theme can look. There are 15 demo sites and each one looks significantly different from the rest. You can create a site that looks exactly how you want with Illustrator.
As an artsy theme, Illustrator doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the portfolio and gallery templates. There are more than ten different designs you can use to show off your art. There are masonry style grids for projects and all sorts of creative templates for images from individual projects.
Illustrator is so flexible because it comes bundled with the Visual Composer plugin (normally $59). This plugin lets you create your own templates using a drag-and-drop system. It also comes with Slider Revolution for creating image sliders. It’s an incredibly advanced plugin that gives you control over all aspects of the slider design including the text position, colors, and animations.
5. Artist by Kamleshyadav (Themeforest)
Artist is a great theme for showcasing your artwork and building your profile as an artist. It has a portfolio layout and even an eCommerce store you can use to sell your paintings.
The homepage features a large slider followed a few different sections. You can promote service, show off your latest work, and add quotes from prior clients. Thanks to the built-in page builder, you can remove and rearrange any of these sections using a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Artist integrates with the popular WooCommerce plugin for adding eCommerce support. Selling your art from your site is surprisingly easy and accessible with this system. This is a simple theme to use and setup and will be a great choice for artists, photographers, and painters.
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Which theme for painters is best for you?
For a fine art site, Artday is the best theme available. It’s got an elegant minimalist style that looks a lot like a contemporary art gallery.
If you create digital art, Illustrator will be a natural fit. It’s incredibly flexible so you can customize it to look exactly how you want.
Lastly, Artist is a simple theme but all around decent choice for a theme for a painter.