As an artist, you know that a website is the best way to get your work in front of as many eyes as possible. You probably also know about WordPress, one of the easiest ways to build such a website. That is, until it comes to picking a WordPress theme.It’s widely believed that setting limitations can actually enhance creativity. Unfortunately, this is hardly the case with themes — there are thousands to choose from, many of which boast an array of fancy effects to drive engagement.
Among all the bells and whistles, it’s easy to forget that your art is the focus, not the page surrounding it. So, your theme should cut out the excess and include only the features which present your work in the best light.
This doesn’t mean your website should just be a photo of a vase on a white page. The best WordPress themes for artists prioritize the content while also delighting visitors with a smooth user experience throughout. In this article, we’ve compiled 12 well-crafted WordPress themes to do just that.
Best WordPress Themes for Artists
- Galleria Metropolia
- Pretty Creative Pro
To get your WordPress site up quickly, Astra is your best choice. This theme has maintained a strong reputation for its simplicity, lightweight layout customization, and wide selection of ready-to-use templates. For some, Astra’s designs may seem too minimal. However, if you want your art to stand out against a clean and professional backdrop, give it a try.
In addition, Astra is one of the fastest themes around, and it’s compatible with all major WordPress plugins and page builders (i.e., Elementor, BeaverBuilder, and Brizy). These perks make Astra a leading option for artists looking to build cohesive, high-performing websites
Divi is a multipurpose WordPress theme that can help you create any type of website, including one for showcasing art projects. Divi is highly customizable, and offers are numerous ways to present your media.
The Divi theme is powered by the Divi Builder, a flexible and intuitive WordPress page builder. With Divi’s drag-and-drop interface, you can implement custom layouts across your pages without writing a line of code. You'll get some ready-to-use designs to choose from, and you can tailor-fit your design of choice to your liking.
For a more detailed look at this powerful theme, check out our Divi review.
Flora is a bold theme, ideal for artists who eager to put their work on full display. It’s loaded with tons of design options and creative features to make this possible, including fullscreen and parallax sections, a modern mega menu, hundreds of Google Fonts, and four pre-built navigation layouts.
Additionally, Flora’s one-page site can turn your content into a single stream, and a user-friendly interface minimizes the learning curve for new site owners — you’ll spend more time perfecting your craft instead of adjusting page elements.
The name says it all — Portfolio is a clean and minimal design for artists, designers, and freelancers to present their creative work. This fully responsive theme is created on the Bootstrap framework, making it especially accommodating for mobile viewing.
Portfolio offers five different post types and two blog styles, over 500 Google Fonts, and widgets for Instagram and Twitter to promote yourself over social media
Pixel’s stripped-back aesthetic makes it a quality option created for creative groups, freelancers, and modern startups. This theme provides a distraction-free experience to visitors to ensure engagement with your products.
Pixel is fully responsive and SEO-friendly, and it’s easy to play around with its layouts and adjust the overall appearance of your site. As a highlight, Pixel’s theme options panel ensures easy customization to create a pleasant navigation experience.
Promoting your band or latest music project? Musisi is created with musicians in mind. Alongside its design customization, this theme brings features specifically for promoting your music releases and events. These include page templates and post templates for events, news, videos, and even your discography. Musisi also comes with a powerful theme options panel, where you can update the details of your site and view your changes in real-time.
Now more than ever, music fans are discovering new bands through the web. That’s why Musisi is SEO-optimized, helping you to climb the results pages and build a loyal fanbase, and Musisi’s fully responsive design helps get your band heard across all common devices.
Want another theme option to promote your music? Oscillator serves up a minimal but appealing design to help your site stand out in the entertainment industry. It includes a built-in streaming audio player, which you can place into your pages so users know how to listen. Your player can follow a set tracklist, or stream from a live station, make it useful for broadcasting organizations too.
Like Musisi, Oscillator offers post types for discography, events, and promotional media galleries, and your pages are optimized for search. While Oscillator lacks more advanced visual effects, this keeps your pages fast and keeps viewers’ focus on what really matters: your sound.
OceanWP is a leading multipurpose WordPress theme, with millions of downloads and endless ways to style your creative website. It works with most popular page builders like Elementor, Divi, and WPBakery, and offers its own extensions including an Instagram integration.
Check out the OceanWP demo options to see for yourself what this theme can do. If any stick out, you can import the demo straight to your own site and populate it with your creative content.
KALLYAS is one of the most popular and widely-trusted multipurpose WordPress themes. You can create unlimited designs for your site with its over 100 design elements, or import a demo design from its collection of examples. There are even specific site examples for photographers, freelancers, and general creator portfolios.
Uncode is a beast of a theme — no matter your creative specialty, you can find a Unicode layout to match. Uncode is constructed around the WPBakery page builder, and it shows — intuitive and extensive customization lies the heart of this theme.
Highlights of Uncode include images that automatically compress and resize to decrease page load time, easy toggling between light and dark color schemes, and specialized tools for media gallery creation which allow for easy additions of new art.
No time to build from scratch? Quickly import one of Uncode’s 70 demo layouts and make it your own, and check out the hundreds of individual section templates for building out specific pages and page sections.
If you’re creating a website for a museum or art gallery, your visitors will expect a visually pleasing website to match. Galleria Metropolia is made to frame your collections within a clean and contemporary aesthetic.
This theme offers a handful of options specific for your needs as a gallery promoter, from portfolio modules for showcasing a series, to a professional blog layout, to WooCommerce functionality so you can sell merchandise. Assemble all this with a drag-and-drop builder, and you’ll channel visitors from your homepage straight to your exhibitions.
Rounding out our list is one last all-inclusive WordPress theme for the visual creator. Pretty Creative Pro is a polished and fully mobile-responsive solution, fully customizable via six different homepage layouts, templates for essential “about,” “archive,” and “blog” pages, a built-in store feature, widgets for adding visual content and social links, and a theme customizer with live preview.
Choosing a Creative Theme
Your WordPress theme is the most important design choice you’ll make when promoting yourself (after your own art, of course), so invest some time to get a sense of your options. The right creative theme will go beyond simply displaying your work — it helps establish your presence on the web with an intuitive layout, cohesive look, and an overall pleasing experience.
Originally published Oct 14, 2020 7:30:00 AM, updated October 14 2020