Skip to content


Your cart is empty

Article: Art 101: Who are the Current Artists to Draw Inspiration From?

Art 101: Who are the Current Artists to Draw Inspiration From? - BestPaintByNumbers

Art 101: Who are the Current Artists to Draw Inspiration From?

If you're looking for artists to draw inspiration from, it's important to know what they look like and what their work is like. There are some good reasons why this is true. For example, if you want your art to be more popular or sell better than someone else's art does, then it's helpful if people recognize who the best artists are. And if an artist has done something particularly noteworthy (like painting a piece with a lot of color), then they might have left behind some kind of legacy that can help inspire other artists today as well!

A colorful arts hanging on the wall

Paint your own photo with a paint by numbers custom kit

Current Artists to Draw Inspiration From

Some artists, even if they're not still alive today, can provide a great deal of inspiration. The styles of the past can be an excellent source for learning about drawing and painting techniques. You may find that some artists who are no longer with us have left behind some great works for you to study and learn from.

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter, designer, and theorist who is best known for his use of primary colors and geometric shapes. His work was influenced by Cubism, but he developed a form of abstract art that became known as Neo-Plasticism.

Mondrian was active in the De Stijl movement and helped shape its intellectual aspects along with other artists like Theo van Doesburg.

Washington dc district of Columbia

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was born in Dvinsk, Russia. He studied art at the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture before moving to St. Petersburg where he continued his studies at the State Academy of Arts under Kazimir Malevich. In 1946, Rothko moved back to New York City where he lived with his wife till her death in 1957.

Rothko’s paintings are very large flat areas of color that don't fit into any particular category or style; they're also often abstractly geometric shapes such as squares or triangles rather than realistic portraits or landscapes—but what makes them so influential is their ability to convey emotions through color alone without words or imagery being needed for viewers to see the meaning behind them.

art painting museum the Hague

Paint your own photo with a paint by numbers custom kit

Paul Klee 

If you're looking for an artist who can truly inspire you, Paul Klee is your go-to. He was a German painter, printmaker, and teacher who is best known for his highly individual style and his paintings of butterflies, flowers, birds, and fish.

Born in Switzerland in 1879, Klee spent most of his career working as an art professor at the Bauhaus School in Germany (which was founded by Walter Gropius). He became involved in the group Der Blaue Reiter which aimed to promote modern art movements within Germany through its publication magazine Expressionisten (1909–1911).

His work has been widely recognized by critics as influential on later generations of artists including Francis Bacon (who used butterflies as motifs), Andy Warhol (who adopted their form into pop culture), and Keith Haring (who used them as inspiration).


Aleksandr Rodchenko

Aleksandr Rodchenko was a Russian artist and designer who was born in 1890. He was a pioneer of abstract art, an avant-garde movement that arose at the end of World War I.

Rodchenko's work was influenced by cubism and constructivism, two styles that had been used by earlier artists but hadn't yet come into their own as dominant forms in modern art. While these styles were still being explored by other artists at this time, Rodchenko's work showed just how far they could go when combined with other ideas—and what might be possible if you tried something new!

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor who lived from 1881 to 1973. The son of a painter, he started painting at age 12 and later moved to Paris to study art. His work is known for its use of color, form, and space—it's often compared with Impressionism because it uses light to create images that seem more vivid than other forms of art (like realism).

Picasso produced around 50,000 works in his lifetime! He was also an influential artist whose works were shown throughout Europe during the 20th century; many consider him one of the greatest artists ever born.

two people looking at a painting in a museum

Paint your own photo with a paint by numbers custom kit

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was a Spanish surrealist painter and the founder of the movement. His work is well known for its bizarre imagery, which includes melting clocks and cross-eyed fishermen. He was born in 1904 in Figueres, Catalonia, and died in 1989 at age 84.

He became famous for his eccentric personality—he once refused to eat because he thought it would make him gain weight (he also refused to take off his shoes). His style is characterized by using bright colors with unnatural combinations like green apples next to red carrots or purple flowers next to blackberries (or vice versa).

Salvador Dalí surrealism

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was a French artist who became one of the most influential artists in 20th-century art. He is best known for his use of color and for being one of the first artists to use cutouts in his work, which he called "cut-outs."

He also created sculptures, prints, and paintings that were inspired by nature. He once said, "My work is not just painting."

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter and art theorist who, in 1903, published The Non-Objective World. In this work, he argued that painting cannot be defined by the materialistic worldview of classical art theory. Instead, he proposed that painting should be based on non-objective feelings and emotions rather than ideas or concepts.

Kandinsky was also influenced by his study of nature and the occult: He believed in astrology (the belief that our lives are ruled by the positions of heavenly bodies), numerology (the belief in numbers as having mystical power), spiritualism (the idea that life after death can affect our lives here on earth).

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. He is best known for his work featuring Campbell's soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles, and the dollar sign.

Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 29th, 1928 to Ukrainian immigrants Nicholas Warhola and Julia (née Barasch), who had immigrated there from Poland shortly after World War I. His father worked as a photographer for the Standard Oil Company and later became an art director at a steel company. Such may have influenced Warhol's artistry.

White and red Campbells soup can graphic skateboard deck lot

Paint your own photo with a paint by numbers custom kit

Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe was an American painter and printmaker who was one of the most influential figures in modern art. She is generally considered to be one of the first American artists to experiment with abstract expressionism, although she did not create a style that fit neatly into any particular movement; instead, her work is often characterized as being very "abstract".

Her paintings are known for their use of color and abstraction, which has led many people to call her one of the greatest female artists ever to live.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is known for her large-scale paintings and sculptures. She has also been known to use polka dots in her work, which can be described as "pop art."

A woman taking selfie

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist who was born in 1962. His work is often described as pop art, and he's known for his use of bright colors and cartoonish imagery. He frequently creates pieces that are a commentary on consumerism and popular culture.

two women looking in front of wall painting

Paint your own photo with a paint by numbers custom kit

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is a British artist who was born in Bristol. He's famous for his paintings, sculptures, and installation art. His work often involves animals and medicine—and it's not just the macabre: Hirst also makes cute drawings of kittens!


The artists you can draw inspiration from can be found anywhere, from street artists to the most famous names in the art scene. They all have something unique to offer and will help you to be more creative with your work. We hope that this post about current artists to draw inspiration from boosted your creative juices. Until next time!

Paint your own photo with a paint by numbers custom kit


Read on...

Art 101: What Art Sells Best this 2023? - BestPaintByNumbers

Art 101: What Art Sells Best this 2023?

The art-collecting business can be a fun and profitable one. If you're looking to start an art collection, or are already in the game but want to improve your chances of success, there are several ...

Read more
Creativity 101: Which Creative Type are You? - BestPaintByNumbers

Creativity 101: Which Creative Type are You?

Creativity is a complex topic. We all have our ideas about what creativity means, and what makes someone more or less creative than others. But one thing we can all agree on being creative isn't an...

Read more