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12 Amazing WordPress Themes for Artists, Designers & Photographers to Showcase Your Portfolio

by Lewis Ogden | Last Updated: July 30, 2021 | Blogging
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When it comes to choosing a theme that will showcase your talents as an artist or designer, there are a few simple rules I like to follow.

Firstly is MUST be mobile responsive, and secondly, it should have a portfolio/showcase feature so you can show your work to the world. Finally, stick to reputable and premium developers.

Not only do you NOT want to build your website on shaky foundations (fly-by-night themes), but by using a premium WordPress theme, you are sure to get the quality and support you need.

So, now you know what to look for…we’ve followed those same simple rules to populate this list to showcase the best WordPress themes for artists. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your existing website or looking to start a new blog, we’ve got 12 killer theme options for you to choose from.

1. Maker Pro

Maker Pro Theme Studiopress

Maker Pro from StudioPress is built for makers and creators from the ground up. With a sleek portfolio page to showcase your best work, streamlines blog archive page and a theme customizer which allows you to tweak your themes style to suit your tastes. The theme is mobile responsive and will need the Genesis Framework in order to work on your website.

Both the Maker Pro Theme and the Genesis Framework can be purchased here for $99.95. If you already have the Genesis Framework and have an account with StudioPress, then you can purchase the theme alone for $33.71.

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2. Parallax Pro

Parallax Pro Theme Studiopress

Another option from StudioPress is the Parallax Pro theme. For those who don’t know, when you see those fancy websites with great images in the background that seem to scroll as if separate from the rest of the website, that’s a parallax effect.

This theme allows you to turn your website into a sophisticated and high-end looking website, for a fraction of what it would cost to have a developer do it for you. At just $99.95 (one-time) for both the Framework and the Theme, you get a theme that is compatible with WooCommerce for those looking to sell their art/designs, a built-in theme customizer which allows you to change fonts, colors and the overall look and feel of your website with just a few clicks.

The homepage has several widget areas that can be controlled using the WordPress Widgets setting. Here you can add/remove images and text and basically customize your homepage to get it just right.

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3. Andra

Andra Creative Photography WordPress Portfolio Theme

Andra is a minimalist designed theme that is suited to Artists, Designers, and Photographers. With a unique method for viewing high-quality images, this could be the perfect way to showcase your work.

As artists, we like to stand out from the crowd and what better way than to provide your visitors with something they’ve likely never come across before.  With unlimited color options, a built-in theme options panel and over 600 Google web-fonts to choose from, you really can make this theme your own.

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4. Amedeo

Amedeo Theme Designers Artists

Theme Amedo theme is a well-priced theme that has a lot of plus points if you’re looking for a theme that offers lots of flexibility in the ‘Portfolio Creation’ department. Using the WPBakery page builder, this theme allows you to create a portfolio of your work using a drag and drop interface which makes light work of what would otherwise be a complicated process.

With over 20 portfolio templates to choose from, we found it best to choose one that closely resembles the overall look you want, and customize from there. Further cutting down the workload and removing the need for any coding knowledge whatsoever.

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5. Flying

Flying Portfolio Theme Artist

Time for something totally different. Offered on ThemeForest by NRGThemes for $59 is the Flying theme, which is a responsive & interactive fullscreen portfolio theme for WordPress.

What I love about this theme is the ability to turn your entire homepage into an interactive portfolio of your work no matter what your crutch, be it arts and crafts, photography, logo and graphic design, etc. This theme is fast loading, which is super important when it comes to SEO for WordPress.

The built-in lightbox functionality is the cherry on top, making it easy and seamless for your visitors and potential customers to scroll through your work without having to click back and forwards just to navigate your images.

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6. Vertex

ElegantThemes Vertext Theme

Vertex is built by the popular theme designers and developers over at ElegantThemes. Whilst this theme is designed for those selling products, there is nothing to say that cannot include digital products, prints, art or just as a photography/design showcase website.

Using the Theme Customizer, you can create unlimited color and design options including adding custom background images to really make your website pop. ElegantThemes are known for their handy built-in shortcodes, which make adding and creating otherwise complex elements as easy as 1,2,3.

The portfolio page does a good job of allowing you to showcase your artwork and designs, with a slick overlay feature to reveal the name/title of the piece and any other information the user may need.

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7. Origin

ElegantThemes Origin Theme

Another entry from ElegantThemes, Origin is a grid-based theme that uses your images and portfolio to tell your story. This theme creates a visually stunning home/portfolio page, where each image forms a grid in a tile-like fashion, where each mouse move meets yet another amazing image.

As will all ElegantThemes Origin comes with the included shortcode support, theme options panel and language localization options, so this theme is suitable no matter which country you serve. There are also 7-page templates to choose from to help you get set up quickly, including contact and about page templates, sitemap and image galleries & portfolio and blog feed pages.

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8. DeepFocus

ElegantThemes DeepFocus Theme

DeepFocus is designed with photography and images in mind, allowing you to create an online portfolio of your work. This is achieved alongside the ability to create and maintain a ‘normal’ blog feel for your regular text content to keep readers updated.

The full-width page template allows you to grab the readers attention and remove distractions so they can focus on what you need them to. Combine this with one of the 5-color schemes you can choose at the click of a mouse button and you’re well on your way to a stunning responsive theme for artists, photographers and designers alike.

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9. Gleam

ElegantThemes Gleam Theme

If you’re looking for something a little bolder, how above Gleam? A full-screen slideshow of all your artwork, shoots and designs that fills the entire page and takes nothing away from your work.

You can still run a standard blog with this theme, but the beauty lies in the excellent image handling which doesn’t slow down your website or impact on the user-experience whatsoever. When I say “standard blog”…I mean that you can write an article and publish it…’how’ they are displayed, however, is very unique to this theme. Check out the preview here to see what I mean!

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10. FullScreen Artist

Fullscreen Artist Theme

Another full-screen theme designed for the artistic website owners amongst us. At $59 from ThemeForest this theme gives you plenty of ways to showcase your crafts and talents by using their 19 built-in template variations, so no matter what your craft, you can find something to suit your work.

What makes this theme stand apart are the portfolio shortcodes that come programmed and ready for you to simply copy/paste into your desired location. You can highlight featured designs, link related elements together, customize the order of your portfolio and much, much more.

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11. PineCone

PineCone WordPress Theme

What appeals about this theme to me is the clean and minimalist design elements that make viewing a breath of fresh air. You can customize the design of this theme by using one either a three column, four column or full-width masonry portfolio grid. The latter of which is my favorite.

The masonry grid fits all of your images together proportionally so nothing is distorted and it all comes out looking pixel perfect, clean and well, stunning. At just $44, this is one of the cheapest premium themes you will find for an artists and freelancers looking to showcase their portfolios.

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12. Malory

Malory WordPress Theme

Malory managed to combine the best of many blog elements, and put them all together into a format that really does work. I love the fact that this looks both like a showcase for your best work, and also a regular blog with interesting things to see and read.

For just $49, you get five different portfolio-templates, Classic, Fullscreen, Permalink, Lightbox & Flow, all of which add their own special elements to make your work stand out from the crowd.

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