Stark Drama on Your Walls

See You Yesterday by William Vanscoy

See You Yesterday by William Vanscoy

Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we often advise our customers on the use of color in their homes or office interiors. Sometimes, though, the impact of black and white, or almost black and white, artwork works best to convey a sense of drama in a space. Today, we’d like to show you some beautiful examples of impactful art that uses almost no color.


The photographer William Vanscoy lives on the rugged Southern Coast of Oregon, where he focuses on moody landscapes, seen above and below. His goal as an artist is to capture the transitory beauty of life and nature. He believes that “it’s not what’s seen but what’s expressed that makes photographic art.”

Only One More Chance by William Vanscoy

Only One More Chance by William Vanscoy

When the Change Came by William Vanscoy

When the Change Came by William Vanscoy

The late, great Modern artist and illustrator Charley Harper was a master of vivid color combinations, but these examples show the unmistakable power of restrained color use:

Wood Ibis by Charley Harper

Wood Ibis by Charley Harper

Trumpeter Swan by Charley Harper

Trumpeter Swan by Charley Harper

Hare's Breadth by Charley Harper

Hare's Breadth by Charley Harper

As one of today’s finest and most recognized photorealist painters, Rod Chase has earned the highest respect of his peers and the admiration of legions of collectors. Chase and his wife live with their five children in the Texas Hill Country. Many of his prints depict moody, sparsely hued images in a photorealistic technique:

City Lights by Rod Chase

City Lights by Rod Chase

Liberty's Light by Rod Chase

Liberty's Light by Rod Chase

Hamilton Aguiar is a Brazilian artist who has a hauntingly beautiful way of capturing light and textures. This oversized photograph has drama and simplicity, and a way of drawing you into the scene:

Landscape 187 by Hamilton Aguiar

Landscape 187 by Hamilton Aguiar

Photographer David Winston’s image Solitude has an almost dreamy quality:

Solitude by David Winston

Solitude by David Winston

A Bay Area photographer, Mark Citret has the sensibility of a Post-minimalist: he pares down a scene to the essentials of plane, line, pattern, rhythm, light and shadow:

Cypresses, Skyline Drive, South San Francisco by Mark Citret

Cypresses, Skyline Drive, South San Francisco by Mark Citret

Fabulous Frames & Art is a family-owned custom frame shop and print gallery with five locations in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We are the world’s largest dealer in the work of Charley Harper, and also carry the work of his wife Edie Harper, their son Brett Harper, and other artists including John Ruthven, G. Harvey, John Stobart, Mort Kunstler, Michael Blaser, and Charles Frace, among many others.

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