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We’ve selected 18 artists using Format for their portfolio to give you some inspiration when you’re thinking about creating your website. These artists all have a surreal sensibility. Whether it’s through street art, illustrations, or paintings, these artists all bring a fantasy feeling to their work, and that surrealist mood comes across perfectly in their websites.
Through drawings and paper cuts, Toronto-based artist Winnie Truong explores female embodiment, depicting fantastical characters engulfed in hair and sometimes leaves. Truong’s work shines against a simple white background, with images taking up the whole screen of her website.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, Tine Isachsen sees her art as a “dreamlike world where unsettling beauty emerges.” Working predominantly in watercolors and line drawing, Isachsen’s surreal art tends to feature faces, portrayed in eerily bright colors, with heavy round eyes. The effect is equal parts creepy and lovely. A portfolio with a grid-based layout allows Isachsen to show an instant overview of her artwork.
Artist Jamiya Lowe’s online portfolio is full of surreal scenes. Mutant animals, oddly human insects, and skeletal figures appear against wildly colorful backdrops. Lowe’s work is as captivating as it is unsettling. The Montreal-based artist uses pastel-toned text on her site to complement the vivid hues of her work.
Painter Emma Fineman often represents bodies and interiors, using thick brushstrokes to depict domestic scenes in unreal shades of color. The American artist is currently based in London, where she studies at the Royal College of Art. Fineman’s portfolio divides different series of works into separate galleries, keeping her art neatly organized.
London painter Felix Treadwell makes canvases inspired by comic strips; behind his cartoonish characters, though, there’s genuine sentiment. Treadwell’s website lets his works fill up the entire screen, aiming for the same kind of immersive feel the viewer would get when seeing his paintings in a gallery.
This Australian artist duo is made up of Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek, who met at university and now create murals as well as paper, plywood, and more. Creature Creature’s work often features highly stylized creatures, of course, in a distinct style that fuses traditional and contemporary art.
Nostalgia is a central theme of multimedia artist Lori Birkbeck’s work. Taking up typical signifiers of sentimentality (roses, water lilies, lace), Birkbeck creates work that questions the authenticity behind these symbols. She separates her work into different media, with a vertical scroll that makes it easy to get lost in each gallery.
Whether she’s decorating a brick wall, a fence, t-shirts, or regular old paper, Andrea Manica always brings a sunny feeling to her creative work. Manica’s murals can be spotted all over Toronto, adding personality to garage doors and downtown streets. She shows her work in a simple vertically-scrolling gallery; a small graphic logo gives her site character while keeping things minimal.
UK-based artist Alfie Kungu creates large-scale paintings, as well as drawings and very charming patches. Kungu showcases his colorful, poppy works in a horizontally scrolling gallery that keeps his portfolio feeling simple and minimal.
Illustrator Marne Grahlman says in her bio that she aims to “explore metaphors in a surreal environment using characters that are both awkward and comely.” Her work contrasts watery pastels with bold black patterns for a unique effect, and has been featured in Broadly and Der Spiegel.
Artist Henry Boon creates digital illustrations and also works with paint on paper and walls. He keeps his portfolio straightforward with a grid-based layout that offers a wide overview of his work, and a graphic logo depicting his initials. Boon’s playful style features lots of primary colors and pastel hues, as well as goofy animal characters.
This illustrator brings her dreamy, cartoon-inspired style to editorial commissions for publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, and The New York Times. Frequent use of repeated patterns, vivid colors, and bold, geometric shapes give her work unique character. Liv’s online portfolio features a black background which makes her colorful work stand out.
Artist Melissa Zexter creates densely layered, textural works by embroidering onto photographs. Zexter says that her work aims to “explore memory and personal experience while manipulating the generic qualities of the photographic print.” Zexter’s art is full of contrasts: traditional and modern, past and present, craft and high art, color and black and white. Her simple portfolio uses a sidebar menu to keep different projects easily accessible.
Sydney artist Ly Yeow describes her work as a mix of “cats, people, and splashes of colour.” Her art is full of fantastical scenes and cute characters which translate well to both murals and works on paper. Yeow counts brands like Airbnb and Starbucks among her clients, and also teaches creative workshops in addition to working as an illustrator.
Artist A-B Moore works in tattoo as well as drawing, collage, sculpture, and more. Their portfolio is divided into galleries of different mediums, navigable via a simple sidebar menu. Moore’s collage gallery, seen here, is full of surreal works which invoke mythical inspiration. Technicolor birds and insects are set in abstract landscapes for a body of work that’s unusual and thought-provoking.
Painter Claire Scherzinger’s work has a definite fantasy feel. Featuring holograms, disembodied eyes, and strange foliage, Scherzinger’s eerie art demands a second look. The Canadian artist’s online portfolio lays out her work in a grid format to give an overview of each painting series.
Illustrator William Redgrove creates fantasy-inspired patterns and surreal GIFs. He’s carefully selected fonts which complement his artwork. His menu has the same contemporary-yet-traditional feel as his illustrations, which often feature runes, mystical symbols, and magical creatures.
Sarah Alinia Ziazi
Artist Sarah Alinia Ziazi creates work that aims to explore and interrogate “femininity and its stereotypes.” Her illustrations and installations use a pop art sensibility to explore themes around identity and gender, with surreal scenes and figures rendered in mixed media.