Decorate your walls with a diverse range of artists and illustrators, starting with these seven incredibly talented women.
In the wake of Black Pound Day, an initiative sparked by the positive energy around the Black Lives Matter movement to encourage people to buy from black-owned businesses, we’re waking up to the power we have as consumers to support businesses owned by ethnic minorities.
From investing in a black-owned skincare brand, to looking to independent fashion brands with founders of colour to add to your wardrobe, this is the time to shop mindfully and put our money behind the businesses that need support.
The creative industries are notoriously difficult to get into, so here we have curated a list of artists and illustrators of colour who are incredibly talented and may not be on your radar.
Sourced from all over the world, these women challenge society through their art, often drawing inspiration from their communities and the experiences of women of colour to lift them up and shine a light on their narratives. So, if you’re looking to decorate your walls with something new, we suggest checking these brilliant women out.
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Line & Honey
Amberlee is the founder of Line & Honey and started using illustration as a way to unwind while completing her psychiatry MSc degree in London.
Line & Honey’s aesthetic features warm tones and a striking but minimalist drawing style, while focusing on the visibility and unapologetic attitude of women of colour.
Alexandra Bowman is an illustrator, designer and muralist from California, USA, who uses her work to make those who are often invisible to society, seen.
Her talents lie especially in depicting the forms of women. These figures represent her and her community and the desire for social change, a message which she attempts to convey to those who look at her work.
Jeannie Phan is primarily a digital illustrator with a playful but thought provoking style. As she lives in Toronto, Canada, she uses the city to inspire her and much of her work features urban life, friendships and her cat, Odin.
She also makes interesting observations on topics such as self-love, our relationships with food, the millennial mindset and mental health.
Charlotte Edey uses fantastical scenes and whimsical, pastel tones to explore symbolism and myth across a multitude of mediums.
The experiences of women of colour inform her images, with the female form at the centre of much of her work.
Justina Blakeney is a creative genius with a CV that reads designer, artist, entrepreneur and bestselling author. She founded one of our favourite homeware brands, Jungalow, which is where you’ll find much of her artwork.
With a bohemian spirit, Justina’s art often honours women in their many different forms and pays homage to motherhood, female friendship and sisterhood.
Meera Lee Patel
Meera Lee Patel has created a career from both her beautiful artist talents and her belief that anything is possible. With a dedication to understanding and nurturing mental health, she has written a book on what we can achieve, which are all themes present in her art prints.
Meera’s collection of quotes are colourfully annotated with celestial motifs and make for a truly inspiring addition to any wall.
Kendra Dandy is the woman behind Thee Bouffants aka Bouffants and Broken Hearts, a bold, bright and in her own words “sassy” brand of artworks and products.
Her images her mesmerising, filled with colour, pattern and a fascinating distortion of normality which sees red-lipped oranges winking from their fruit bowl and leopards wearing Molly Goddard-style dresses.
Images: Courtesy of artists
Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.