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Whether you are looking for an original ink painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 97,050 original ink paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Ink paintings have had a long, illustrious history in China, Japan, and Korea, with ink being the primary medium used by artists within the Northeast Asian region for centuries. These works would eventually come to influence artists in the West including Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh, who appropriated Eastern imagery into their own work. Artists today enjoy ink for its versatility, as it allows for the creation of fine lines, large transparent color washes, as well as intense darks when applied undiluted. In addition to ink-on-paper works, our “Ink Paintings” category also includes works created in another paint medium (acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.) with an ink element. We invite you to explore our stunning international selection of ink paintings for sale today!

During China’s Tang Dynasty, ink paintings evolved as artists refined their approach to the medium. The Southern School, which boasted artists like Wang Wei, Wu Zhen, and Dong Yuan, was known for its slight break away from realism. These artists used expressive brushstrokes rather than focus on precise details. Famous works inlcude Kuo Hsi’s “Clearing Autumn Skies over Mountains and Valleys’ (1070) and Huang Gongwang’s “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” (1350). Japanese painter Takuma Shoga is known for his series of two-folds screend depicitng Buddhist imagery. Contemporary artists continue to draw from the history of ink paitning. Li Huayi’s “Solitary Pine and Flowing Water” (1996) shares in the ink landscape painting tradition. 

The origin of ink paintings is rooted in the drawing practices of ancient Egypt and Greece. The medium was further refined in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907), when scholarly gentlemen, known as literati, dedicated themselves to the artform. Because ink painting requires diligent concentration, it was also often associated with Buddhist zen practices.  Monks spread ink painting techniques on their travels to Korea and Japan, where artists later honed their own approaches to the style. Today, artists continue to explore this medium, putting a contemporary spin on an ancient practice. 

Traditionally, artists who make ink paintings refined techniques for years. Once a stroke is painted, it cannot be changed. The finite nature of the medium meant artists had to master control of factors including ink density, tones, and brush application. Variations in ink tones were achieved by diluting ink with different amounts of water as well as by controlling the amount of pressure applied on the brush and surface. Artists also used different brush types to achieve various effects. A fine point brush, for example, yields more precise lines than a thicker one. Given the fluid nature of the medium, artists typically paint on highly absorbent paper, using a wet-on-wet technique. They apply black ink to paper where a lighter ink has already been applied. Though traditional ink paintings maintained a more reserved palette, artists today explore colorful ink paintings. 

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Wild as the wind III (MH 017), Paintings image
Paintings, 18 W x 24 H x 2 in
United States
$1,050
Atrium Vestiae, Paintings image
Paintings, 90 W x 48 H x 1.5 in
United States
$6,560
oscillation, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 0.8 in
$3,510
Here We Go Again - Aphrodite, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.2 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 in
$5,410
Prints from $155
Formatted umbrella (series), Paintings image
Paintings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0 in
apple, Paintings image
Paintings, 9 W x 11 H x 0.1 in
$300
Prints from $73
the honeymooners, Paintings image
Paintings, 11 W x 14 H x 1.5 in
United States
$910
S. (Female nude), Paintings image
Paintings, 74.8 W x 35.4 H x 0.8 in
Czech Republic
$5,299
Makaopuki, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 0.8 in
$3,510
Prints from $40
Building bridges II, Paintings image
Paintings, 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 1.6 in
$1,690
Prints from $140
Sayuri, Paintings image
Paintings, 55.1 W x 55.1 H x 1.8 in
$5,450
Hyperlink VI, Paintings image
Paintings, 6.3 W x 10.2 H x 0.4 in
$410
Free falling, Paintings image
Paintings, 38.2 W x 51.2 H x 1 in
$2,250
Readymade Portrait Liz, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 43.3 H x 2 in
$6,850
Primavera, Paintings image
Paintings, 53.1 W x 57.9 H x 2 in
$5,050
Prints from $53
Portrait Inside out, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.5 H x 1.2 in
$1,330
Prints from $40
AUDREY HEPBURN - Original Artwork, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 23.6 H x 1.6 in
$2,190
Prints from $100
Dream and Reality 1, Paintings image
Paintings, 18 W x 24 H x 0.1 in
$1,430
Prints from $40
TEN DAYS in APRIL, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 0.6 in
$1,990
Prints from $59
With Hope, Paintings image
Paintings, 18.9 W x 23.6 H x 0.4 in
$480
Prints from $80
All, Paintings image
Paintings, 118.1 W x 59.1 H x 0.1 in
United Kingdom
$8,100
Karma, Paintings image
Paintings, 63 W x 51.2 H x 1.6 in
$2,510
Prints from $40
beyond the leaves, Paintings image
Paintings, 32.3 W x 47.2 H x 2 in
$2,350
Prints from $69
Tribute, Paintings image
Paintings, 55.1 W x 70.9 H x 0.1 in
$3,560
UPDRAFT, Paintings image
Paintings, 22 W x 29 H x 2 in
United States
$1,520
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