These colorful works of art are just what your home needs to make a bold statement.
A New Year means it’s time to start thinking about all the ways you can breathe new life into your home. Whether its fresh linens, popping pillows or a new accent wall, refreshing your space brings new energy into your home which is just what you need at the beginning of the year. One easy way to do this is by adding a few vibrant pieces of artwork to your walls. Art is a great way to add a fresh pop to a space and give it a unique flavor all its own.
Of course, knowing what pieces of art to buy does not come naturally. Thankfully you have us, your artsy friends in your head, to walk you through the process. Now because we’re SugaMamas we can’t just add any old art to our homes, we need art that speaks to us and connects back to our culture. There are so many amazing Black artists out there with pieces that reflect the diversity, culture and beauty of Black people.
From expressions of Black love and family to Black men at leisure and abstract portraits, we’ve rounded up artwork by Black artists that can give your space a brand-new vibe and help you make a bold statement in the New Year.
Virginia-based Jemma Morris is all the things – graphic designer, visual artist, and a fellow SugaMama. The talented emerging artist has been showcasing her stunning pieces on Etsy since 2017, where her creativity combines graphic and modern prints with abstract images. One of our personal faves include this colorful family portrait, perfect for reminding us what’s most important during these uncertain times. Jemma’s retro girl power print is another go to because sisterhood never goes out of style.
With a focus on modern lifestyle imagery, Bria Nicole is a visual artist and illustrator who works to create pieces that feel familiar, inspiring, and bring peace and joy to the owner. Positive representation of Black and brown people is also central to her work, which is why she dedicates herself to imagery that highlights the importance of self-care, self-love, and basking in the simple joys of life. Bria’s ‘Relax’ piece reflects her personal mission and one of our favorites because how often do we get to see Black men in a state of relaxation? We’re sure your bae could use some self-care too and this piece of artwork is the perfect way to encourage him to do it.
Minneapolis based Plekien considers himself a visual storyteller pushing forward new and unique Black narratives. Focusing on illustration, motion graphics and visual design, he creates images that explore Afrofuturism in bold ways. Plekien’s Mr. 3000 piece is perfect for music lovers looking to add rhythm to their décor in a different way. Besides, who wouldn’t want a portrait of this legendary ATLien in their home?
Though it may have started as a hobby during her time in college, California native Domonique Brown’s talents have blossomed into something much more. She creates energetic portraits that defy traditional pictorial representations. As an illustrator, she works from the ground up, layering markers and acrylic strokes until she carves out a colorful portrait. Domonique’s art is a celebration of diversity. Her portraits showcase men and women of color, so people can see a depiction of their identity and feel empowered. Domonique’s “No Bickinhead” print reflects that boldness and is a must-have for homes looking for artwork with a unique touch.
Reyna Noriega is an Afro Latina author, educator and visual artist who has exploded on the art scene and set it on fire. Her bold pieces seek to represent the beauty and vibrance of women and invoke joy, happiness and healing. Many of Reyna’s prints also capture the intimacy of Black love, which is why one of our favorites include this stunning ‘Lifted in Love’ piece. It makes a great addition to any home, but especially a sexy bedroom where love is surely in bloom.