It is not an unknown fact that sexism and racism, which permeates almost every industry, exists in the art industry as well. According to a 2019 study, of the 18 most prominent art museums in the United States, 85% of the permanent collections are works by men and 87% are white. Not only is there a lack of representation in museums, but black women artists also face significant differences in wages. In the wake of us pledging to support more black women-owned businesses, we also wanted to take a look at artists and freelance workers whose industry has been hit especially hard by COVID-19. Whether you’re a first-time art-buyer or an avid collector, we are sure you will fall in love with some of these artists’ creations!
Sarah makes stunning illustrations that regularly feature black women against minimalist backdrops. She sells her prints in a range of sizes so you can build a gallery wall of her work!
Brianna is an abstract expressionist painter whose works frequently play with bold colors and textures. You can shop her artwork here and also learn about Brianna's non-profit work with her brand Lost Liberty.
Ronni Nicole Robinson
Ronni creates "Floral Inspired Fossils" by pressing flowers into clay; she turns these works into plasters and paper reliefs. You can shop her unique designs here.
Liana is a mother and elementary school art teacher whose works center around simple paintings of women. You can shop her mini paintings (they all come 5x5 and 5x4) here!
Chioma is a Nigerian American, Brooklyn-based artist whose works feature water-based media, collages, and printmaking. You can shop her artwork on Uprise Art's website here or check out her website here!
Reyna is an Author, Educator, and Visual artist. Her work heavily features vibrant women in contrasting warm and cool tones. You can buy her latest book, a collection of poetry, along with her beautiful artwork here.
Stephanie Summerson Hall
Inspired by her grandmother Estelle's love for colored glass pieces, Stephanie founded Estelle's Colored Glass, a hand-blown colored glass cake stands and stemware company. While Stephanie is not the artisan behind her pieces, they were so gorgeous we had to include them!
Lisa is a Brooklyn-based artist whose screen printed works feature gold, repetitive patterns that are inspired by indigenous African and Eastern textiles. You can purchase some of her work at Uprise Art and check out her personal website here.
Perryn is a Brooklyn-based artist who cites her life "as a self-care enthusiast, wellness advocate, and woman" as the inspiration for her work. You can shop her pieces that are created using a combination of gauche painting and watercolor, here.
Amira is a lawyer turned artist whose abstract, colorful paintings are inspired by her emotions. You can shop her vibrant works here!
Michelle is a Seattle artist whose paintings often incorporate sharp lines and flashes of gold leaf. You can shop her original paintings and prints here.
Lalese is a ceramic artist from Columbus, OH. Her whimsical mugs are inspired by shapes from everyday objects; you can buy her pieces here.
Kendra Dandy is an artist and illustrator whose "sassy" pieces regularly feature bold colors and patterns. You can buy her original compositions and also pillows, phone cases, t-shirts, and more with her artwork here.
Ciara is an embroider and lettering artist from Kentucky whose artwork consists of often inspirational messages with off-beat colors and patterns. You can shop her clothing, patches, tapestries, and embroider hoops here.
Shema is an artist and nurse whose art is often inspired by pop culture and what's happening in the world. You can shop Shema's work here.