The Drama of Black and White Art

Cypress Grove 2 by Mark Citret

Cypress Grove 2 by Mark Citret

Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we understand the impact of color in a home or office interior. Black and white, or almost black and white, artwork can also work well to convey a sense of drama in a space. Today, we’d like to show you some examples of artwork that creates an impact almost without the use of color.


A Bay Area photographer and former assistant to the famed Ansel Adams, Mark Citret has the sensibility of a Post-minimalist. Above and below, he pares down a scene to the essentials of plane, line, pattern, rhythm, light and shadow:

Morning, Harding Park by Mark Citret

Morning, Harding Park by Mark Citret

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

Solitude by David Winston

Solitude by David Winston

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

Serengeti Spaghetti by Charley Harper

Serengeti Spaghetti by Charley Harper

Trumpeter Swan by Charley Harper

Trumpeter Swan by Charley Harper

The photographer William Vanscoy lives on the rugged Southern Coast of Oregon, where he focuses on moody landscapes, seen 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.”

See You Yesterday by William Vanscoy

See You Yesterday by William Vanscoy

When the Change Came by William Vanscoy

When the Change Came by William Vanscoy

Only One More Chance by William Vanscoy

Only One More Chance by William Vanscoy

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. The oversized photograph seen below is dramatic yet simple, and really draws you into its landscape:

Landscape 187 by Hamilton Aguiar

Landscape 187 by Hamilton Aguiar

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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