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Contemporary Halloween Art for Tasteful Holiday Decor

Just like any contemporary art, Halloween-themed pieces come in all sorts of shapes and forms, from more traditional watercolor drawings to modern digital prints and 3D art. Pleasantly affordable and immensely decorative, it can become not only a part of your special Halloween decor but also everyday wall art. And it’s not all pumpkins and skulls either, although there are plenty of those. Superheroes, Disney characters, and others are surprisingly frequent in contemporary Halloween art.

There are more uses to framed printables than you may think though. If you’re not keen on perforating your walls for holiday wall art, you can still make good use of those frames.

Contemporary Halloween Art Prints

Art prints are the cheapest. They also come in a dizzying array of designs and options, so you can choose whatever you like from a welcome sign to a decorative printed pumpkin that won’t go bad before you get a chance to clean it up.

Antique Style Skull in Fancy Hat and Dress Halloween Art Print for Home 900x1080 Contemporary Halloween Art for Tasteful Holiday Decor
Antique Style Skull in Fancy Hat and Dress Halloween Art Print for Home via Deb’s Vintage Prints
Anatomy Instant Download Art Print 900x746 Contemporary Halloween Art for Tasteful Holiday Decor
Anatomy Instant Download Art Print via Cauldron Prints
PRINTABLE Art Chillin like a Villian Halloween Art Print
PRINTABLE Art Chillin like a Villian Halloween Art Print via Wishful Printing
Halloween Printable Decor Jack O Lantern Patent
Halloween Printable Decor Jack O’ Lantern Patent via Instantly Inspired Art

Etsy has quite a few sellers who deal in various prints and printables. You may be required to provide your own frame, but that is the easier part.

To create a tasteful holiday table or console display, simply lean your Halloween-themed frame against the wall, and supplement with additional decorations. Easy and effortless!

Halloween Chalkboard Art Ideas

Chalkboard is the best canvas for temporary art. Draw bats and pumpkins for the Halloween, and wipe them off in time for Christmas. It’s great fun for kids and adults alike, and the contents can be changed on a whim every single day, if you want. To create a sign or ‘canvas’ of any size use the chalk or blackboard paint instead of hunting for the right type of chalkboard.

Chalkboard Halloween art
Chalkboard Halloween art via Eighteen25
Happy Halloween chalkboard art
Happy Halloween chalkboard art via Think Sunshine
The Very Witching Time of Night Halloween Chalkboard Art Printable
The Very Witching Time of Night Halloween Chalkboard Art Printable via Shop Bubblegum Alley

Some printables also come in the form of chalkboard signs, but these obviously have a downside as they cannot be changed.

String & 3D Art

String art is something that requires quite a bit of time and dedication. But it can also be bought ready-made. The beauty of string art is that it looks very different from traditional painted or printed pieces, and is characterized by thread patterns formed in the creation process.

Skull string art
Skull string art via A Beautiful Mess
Batman logo string art
Batman logo string art via Perspicere2012
Halloween String Art - Jack O Lantern
Halloween String Art – Jack O Lantern via Cactus Custom Designs
Creepy halloween decor - Halloween wall art
Creepy halloween decor – Halloween wall art via Kiwi N Berries

3D art can bring a more realistic vibe to your decor as well. Of course, it will depend on what type of wall art you’re choosing. This framed artwork looks rather life-like, if you ask us.

Sugar Skull Prints

Like all thing pretty? Sugar skulls, symbolic of the Day of the Dead, are much more decorative than regular ones. Printed, drawn, or cut out, sugar skulls never fail to look beautiful.

Sugar Skulls
Sugar Skulls via Leif Erik Johansen
Ariel sugar skull
Ariel sugar skull by MYantz
Wonder Woman & Spiderman
Wonder Woman & Spiderman by MYantz
Edgar Allen Poe sugar skull print
Edgar Allen Poe sugar skull print via MYantz
Floral Skull Printable Wall Art Watercolor Day of the Dead Skull Poster
Floral Skull Printable Wall Art Watercolor Day of the Dead Skull Poster via DigartDesigns

You can find your favorite characters and superheroes depicted in the sugar skull form, and keep it as a year-round wall art. As you can see, they can look completely gorgeous.

Even a floral watercolor painting of a skull is a spectacular wall art idea with just a small hint of morbidity. It’s a great compromise between a sweet non-scary sugar skull and a morbid, grim human skull.

Pumpkin Art

The theme dictates a lot of contemporary Halloween art’s content. Thus, you can always find pumpkins, crows, and bats lurking somewhere in the piece. They can be simple and decorative or spooky and lively, depending on what type of art you prefer – minimal and unimposing or narrative and elaborate.

Brandi Milne All Hallow's Eve print
Brandi Milne All Hallow’s Eve print via Brandi Milne
Give Me Your Soul Little One by Brandi Milne
Give Me Your Soul Little One by Brandi Milne via CHG Prints
Pumpkin Kitty by Susan Gonzales
Pumpkin Kitty by Susan Gonzales
Halloween Art Print Watercolor Pumpkin
Halloween Art Print Watercolor Pumpkin via Mooseberry Paper Co
Halloween Cat Art Print
Halloween Cat Art Print via Wibbly World

A simple watercolor pumpkin can make quite an impact in the decor. But the artistic paintings can also tell a story or inject some fright into your holiday theme.

Skull Art

Skulls are the next most popular contemporary Halloween art objects. They look positively deadly in any execution. Even dressed in flowers, you’ll find a skull stare or smile unsettling enough.

Custom Color Art SUGAR SKULL Digital Print
Custom Color Art SUGAR SKULL Digital Print via Madame Bricolage Print
Skull Pointillism Solrac Saint-Lawrence
Skull Pointillism by Solrac Saint-Lawrence
Skull art canvas framed print
Skull art canvas framed print via Pottery Barn
Greg Pro skeletal art
Greg Pro skeletal art

You can create a very contemporary Halloween frame with a simple printable skull. Additionally decorated with black candles and pumpkins, it may become a very spooky table display.

Display skulls are even more popular, and can also help supplement your contemporary Halloween art.

Canvas Art & Illustrations

Although art prints have become immensely widespread, canvas art is still available. Digital illustrations are popular as well, and often offer such detail and colors that would have been impossible to achieve on canvas.

Frank Donnie Darko artwork
Frank Donnie Darko artwork via JKnightdrawings
Gary Baseman - Mystic Order Of The Cypress Park Beauty Salon
Gary Baseman – Mystic Order Of The Cypress Park Beauty Salon via Jonathan Levine Gallery
Fedra illustration by Tavo Montañez
Fedra illustration by Tavo Montañez
Greg Pro character design
Greg Pro character design
Halloween Art Print signed Dan Morris
Halloween Art Print signed Dan Morris
Poison illustration by Rachel Jablonski
Poison illustration by Rachel Jablonski
Poison illustration 2 by Rachel Jablonski
Poison illustration 2 by Rachel Jablonski

There is something about artistic illustrations that makes this type of art creepier and more scary. Take note of Greg Pro’s character design. Those red eyes look fascinatingly spooky.

Colorful Contemporary Halloween Art

Don’t expect all Halloween art to come in black and orange. Just like decorations, contemporary artworks come in all kinds of bright hues, shades, and tones. Digital art offers such rich colors, they appear to be glowing.

Ghostly Luna 8x10 Stretched Canvas Art Print
Ghostly Luna 8×10 Stretched Canvas Art Print via sandragrafik
Halloween poster Witch's House decor Tombstone print
Halloween poster Witch’s House decor Tombstone print via Sky Temple Prints
Day of the Dead art series
Day of the Dead art series by Abril Andrade Griffith
ORIGINAL ART Work - Acrylic Paintings by Too Much Fun Studios
ORIGINAL ART Work – Acrylic Paintings by Too Much Fun Studios

Such art pieces can become an unexpected focal point in a minimal modern room, often devoid of color. If you are looking to implement a colorful artwork into existing color scheme, however, it’s best to pick a piece that coordinates with your room’s palette.

Artistic Signs

Since signs are so popular in decor right now, we couldn’t omit them from the list. Besides, they can be quite artistic as well as decorative.

Happy Halloween illustration by David Semple
Happy Halloween illustration by David Semple
Jack Skellington Halloween Digital Print
Jack Skellington Halloween Digital Print via DeenaKayeImages
Halloween chalkboard art
Halloween chalkboard art via Lily and Val

Again, using a chalkboard, you can create your own Halloween sign for a mantel or a sideboard display. Use colored chalk to highlight certain elements of your sign, if you want it to really stand out.

Halloween Associations

Other Halloween attributes like zombies and ghosts make perfect art objects. And these intriguing, cool, and simply different pieces prove it.

Raven sugar skull
Raven sugar skull via MYantz
Baseman's La Petite Mort
Baseman’s La Petite Mort via Jonathan Levine Gallery
Halloween Art Print - Edgar Allan Poe Black Cat Print
Halloween Art Print – Edgar Allan Poe Black Cat Print via The Jewels of Kingwood
Zombie Girl by Le Rin
Zombie Girl by Le Rin
Daily Series - The Wrong Halloween by Matthew Palizay
Daily Series – The Wrong Halloween by Matthew Palizay

Contemporary Halloween artis very diverse, as you may have noticed. It can be a modernized reproduction of vintage prints or a painting that uses contemporary techniques and style. It can be as minimal as the decor itself, but there are also pieces full of story, details, and color. Use the virtues of art to create the best Halloween decor this year, as you deck out your home with painted no-carve pumpkins, fresh cut gloomy blooms, and exquisitely-shaped candles.

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