Our 2021 roundup is here! As we come towards the end of the year, we’re looking back to rediscover your favourite artworks, artists and styles.
Friday 17 December, 2021
Over 200 galleries, 2,500 artists, 25,000 artworks.
It’s been a rollercoaster year but, ever the optimists, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the artwork from our online marketplace, that you’ve been in loving in 2021. This year was no exception for beautiful pieces so here’s our round-up – keep scrolling for some of your favourites. You can expect the same amazing art and design that you know and love, from your most searched terms and top artists to on-trend styles and subjects. So sit back and enjoy the ride as we talk through our best bits below…
Your most viewed artists
You were showing the work of printmaker Kate Heiss the love in January, and who can blame you ?
Her work stems from a passion for birds, florals, geometric patterns and bold colours often found in textiles. You particularly loved browsing her hand made linocut prints featuring beautiful blooms and curlews (coastal birds). Seascape and coastal themes were also your most filtered subject matter over the year – so why not browse more now?
With our beloved fairs closed over lockdown *sob*, you took to the virtual shelves to get your art fix. Our online marketplace enabled hundreds of you to shop to your heart’s desire. Many of you added the photography of Richard Heeps’ to your wish list – with his seductive, highly saturated colours and sophisticated pictorial structures.
You proved you love Gavin Dobson’s screenprints as much as we do. Gavin’s designs often depict colourful, nostalgic images, and iconic objects which are are both humorous and invite an opening for conversation. His super cute gummy bears and images of confectionary are the perfect sweet addition to your collection. Good enough to eat!
Many international artists and artworks had their moment in the sun as part of our first online Summer Exhibition. It was good to see everyone made the most of the sunshine, even with lockdowns across the world and you enjoyed exploring some dreamy summer settings and aesthetically pleasing abstracts.
We sold many sculptures this year, but there were playful favourites that helped you beat the heat – lollies from London based artist Lola Luk. Scaled to look exactly like a real ice lolly, her resin works were the ones for you!
The results are in, the votes are counted, and we’re excited to announce that you were LOVING the following styles…
With the power to stir the emotions and inspire, abstract art looks fantastic in the home or office. Our customers were big fans of the original paintings of Lucy Moore, such as this work titled Abstract Synapses – Pollocks Frozen Planet. An abstract interpretation of electrical impulses – if you look closely at her painting, you can see all the tiny lines connecting the paint to each other, like a neuron cell transmitting nerve impulses. Choose an abstract painting from our selection.
We love this bright piece from two independently successful photographers, Richard Heeps and Natasha Heidler. Collaborating together since 2014, you can’t get enough of their experimental photography techniques and specialist darkroom process.
Our search function was used thousands of times to look for your next forever find, and our visual search function hit the jackpot, finding your perfect fit. If you don’t know what our visual search is, firstly, where’ve you been? Secondly, it’s time you get familiar: just select an artwork you like or upload an image of something you’re crushing on, and we’ll find the closest artwork match available to buy on our online marketplace. Check it out for yourself here.
Your most searched terms were ‘sea’ and ‘horse’ but our personal favourite was ‘pink beach’ – we wish we were there!
We hope you’re inspired by the art and styles that defined your searching in 2021 — all created just for you. Keep your eyes peeled for more amazing artworks, international artists and independent galleries in 2022, and happy searching!