Beautiful Free WordPress Themes For Art Portfolios

Online Portfolio For Pottery

For the last several months I’ve been searching and experimenting with different WordPress themes (web site templates) for my Cotton Ridge Pottery site.  I looked for a template that would showcase images of my pottery and clay jewelry.  Additional features that I searched: minimalistic, two-column, custom header, featured images, a nice font and the ability to upload my own logo.

The following themes are wonderful for art portfolio-type web sites and I tried them all for my online pottery portfolio.  I needed one that was ready for me right “out of the box,” because I don’t know how to customize a theme except for a little html code here and there.  Hatch has all of the features I think are necessary for my site (you can see my site featuring this theme here: Cotton Ridge Pottery).

If you are interested in creating your own online portfolio or blog, one of the following themes may be an option for your web site.  Some of the themes mentioned have the option to upgrade to a premium version; my notes below are on the free versions.

Note: The images below are screenshots provided by the theme creators.

Beautiful Themes For Art & Photography Portfolios

Hatch by Galin Simeonov

Creator’s Notes
“A simple and minimal portfolio theme for photographers, illustrators, designers, or photobloggers. Responsive layout, optimized for mobile browsing (iPhone and iPad). Ideal for sites where images are the main type of content. The customization options include theme settings page, custom background, custom header.”

Tags: flexible-width, theme-options, threaded-comments, microformats, translation-ready, rtl-language-support, one-column, two-columns, right-sidebar, custom-background, custom-header, featured-images

My Notes
I decided on this theme because it included all of the features on my wish list: minimalistic, two-column, custom header, featured images, a nice small, simple font and the ability to upload my own logo.  The front page arrangement is unique and showcases the images of my pottery and jewelry.  Although the pages include a sidebar, the single post pages are full-width and don’t include one.  This may be a problem for some who would want to include information in a sidebar on all pages and posts.  My posts on the pottery site are mostly images, so this is not an issue for me – the full-width gives it more of a “gallery” page feel.

Portfolio Press by Devin Price

Creator’s Notes
“Portfolio Press is an excellent theme for showcasing your photography, art, web sites, or other projects. It also works nicely as a regular blog site. An options panel is included for uploading logos and and changing the layout. There’s also support for the image, gallery and quote post formats. Visit the demo site or watch the video screencast for set up instructions.”

Tags: translation-ready, microformats, two-columns, custom-menu, post-formats

My Notes
Portfolio Pressis a wonderful theme for artists’ portfolios – it would have been great for my pottery, but I am using it for Cotton Ridge Create! (this web site).  I wanted the Pottery site to its own look.  It’s easy to change the header color in the theme options and upload a logo, but changing the background color from gray to white took a little fiddling with the css.  If you browse through the comments on Devin Price’s Portfolio Press blog, you will find the instructions on how to change the background color.  Be sure to watch the video, it’s very helpful.

Hey Cookie by Caroline Moore

Creator’s Notes
“A simple, elegant grid-style theme for photographers and visual artists.”

Tags: gray, two-columns, custom-menu, fixed-width, right-sidebar

My Notes
This is one of my favorite themes – I loved the layout, especially the Home page. However, there was not a built-in option to add my logo to the header (need to change code in the css – Caroline Moore gives instructions on how to do add a logo on  Also I liked the font but not for my pottery site.

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Minimatica by One Designs

Creator’s Notes
“A stylish and modern minimalist theme with a beautiful image gallery slider and an optional blog view. With support for post formats, audio and video playback, ideal for showcasing photography portfolios or podcasting but also great for your everyday blogging.”

Tags: white, light, two-columns, fixed-width, custom-background, custom-header, custom-menu, editor-style, featured-images, theme-options, threaded-comments, sticky-post, microformats, post-formats, translation-ready, photoblogging

My Notes
I was very impressed with this theme as well and was very close to keeping it. My main issue was that my images really didn’t fit on the front page image slider – the slider images only showed only the edge of a pot or pendant. A painter or photographer wouldn’t have this problem, though. Also I couldn’t change the font to a something smaller.  The image sliders on the front page are wonderful – wish this one had worked out!

Photolistic by Buzzrain

Creator’s Notes
“Photolistic is a photography theme that can be used as a portfolio and a blog theme by photographers. It has a clean and minimal design that focuses on the images and it’s based on marketing principles that help photographers get more clients.”

Tags: photoblogging, white, two-columns, fixed-width, custom-header, custom-background, threaded-comments, sticky-post, translation-ready, microformats, rtl-language-support, editor-style, custom-menu

My Notes
This was another theme that I really wanted to work out – however it is specifically for photographers. Note the camera lens at the top of the Home page – I didn’t know how to remove this and replace it with my logo. This theme would work beautifully for photographers, though.

More Themes That Showcase Images

Lazy Sunday by Caroline Moore

Creator’s Notes
“An elegant theme best suited to visual artists for showing off their best.”

WPFolio by Steve Lambert & many others

Creator’s Notes
“Designed specifically for artist’s portfolios. Features large images, theme options, and plenty of versatility. GPLv3 licensed. We welcome your code.”

Copyright 2012 Kathryn Depew

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3 Responses to Beautiful Free WordPress Themes For Art Portfolios

  1. Mammasaurus says:

    Loving the look of Hey Cookie – off to look at it now! Thanks for the heads up 😀

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