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Whether you are looking for an original ink painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 9,915 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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169 marine, violet and pink graded spots, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 2 in
United Kingdom
$652
Prints from $63
Untitled, Paintings image
Paintings, 63 W x 51 H x 1.2 in
$5,150
Untitled (painting study #12), Paintings image
Paintings, 45.7 W x 48.1 H x 0.1 in
$3,010
Untitled, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 12.5 H x 0.1 in
$200
Prints from $40
Untitled (91/2), Paintings image
Paintings, 48.1 W x 42.9 H x 0.1 in
$2,525
Gypsy Dancer, Paintings image
Paintings, 12 W x 12 H x 1.5 in
$460
Prints from $40
Ecstasy (7), Paintings image
Paintings, 45 W x 48.1 H x 0.1 in
$3,280
Untitled, Paintings image
Paintings, 35.4 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
United Kingdom
$5,350
Prints from $100
Either Side, Paintings image
Paintings, 35.4 W x 35.4 H x 3.1 in
United Kingdom
$4,080
Transmutation no 12, Paintings image
Paintings, 20.5 W x 18.5 H x 1.8 in
$1,430
Prints from $40
A Peaceful Life with Green, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 36 H x 0.3 in
United Kingdom
$860
Prints from $40
PEYOTE SEED CUT No.21, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.2 W x 68.9 H x 2 in
$3,410
Prints from $87
Inter f.c.  (Cevenini brothers), Paintings image
Paintings, 13.8 W x 11.4 H x 0.4 in
$3,250
Prints from $40
Lost in the Landscape of Peace, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.9 W x 35.8 H x 0.2 in
United Kingdom
$960
Prints from $40
Aqua, orange, violet pink ombre striped landscape Painting, Paintings image
United Kingdom
$780
Untitled (painting study #2), Paintings image
Paintings, 51.5 W x 48.1 H x 0.1 in
$2,750
STRINGS ATTACHED I, Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 35.4 H x 1.6 in
$1,690
Insight - Exhibited at Nobu, Lonon, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.2 W x 27.6 H x 2.4 in
United Kingdom
$4,550
Y3XS, Paintings image
Paintings, 15.9 W x 20.1 H x 1.6 in
United Kingdom
$1,660
Prints from $40
Journey of the Spirits., Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.5 H x 1.2 in
Netherlands
$950
" Struggle for live ", Paintings image
Paintings, 23.6 W x 31.5 H x 0.8 in
$2,110
Prints from $40
Sky full of clover, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 39.4 H x 1 in
Netherlands
$4,050
Prints from $76
Good Looking Governor, Paintings image
Paintings, 12 W x 15 H x 3 in
United States
$1,030
AfroJazz, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 31.9 H x 0.5 in
OCTOBER WIND, Paintings image
Paintings, 36 W x 36 H x 2 in
United States
$3,810
Prints from $100
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