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Let’s face it: there’s something conversation-provoking about a piece of abstract face art.
Whether it’s because you swear the eyes are following you or it figuratively brings your home to life, it’s a trend that clearly has legs. In fact, a September Apartment Therapy article reported that, according to Etsy, Etsy’s on-site searches for "faces" were up 38 percent compared to 2017.
Can I take credit for this trend since I purchased Oliver Gal’s Plant Lady Glasses in 2017 and haven’t stopped collecting faces since—due to some twisted obsession with portraits of strangers? No? It has become a common observation dropped in my house when guests enter, however.
Guest: “You have a lot of… faces in here.” Me: “THANK YOU SO MUCH!” Guest: laughs nervously.
Despite whether it’s a compliment or not, I’ll gladly embrace any convo prompted from a piece of art or decor. Working the room isn’t about playing it safe—it’s about turning heads.
Faces are even crawling through the fashion woodwork, emerging on shirts, purses and earrings.
excuse me—Where did you get that face?
I’ve become quite the face connoisseur [I proclaim oddly proudly], so it’s time to share my favorite sources for pieces that are abstract, unusual and affordable.
If you’re game to find, download and print your own art as cheaply as possible, try Etsy.
Search terms that’ll help you zero in: abstract face printable; abstract woman printable; floral woman printable; floral head printable.
If you’d rather have it shipped to you, try searching “print” instead of “printable.”
I’ve definitely decked my home out with a fair share of Etsy prints, but one of my favorite sources for obscure face prints is Society6.
Typing “abstract face” into the Society6 search bar will yield nearly 80 options [including animals for the win], but to cut to the chase, here are the artists I routinely peruse:
Artist Dada22 takes the cake for all things unusual, eye-catching and vibrant.
Artist Corpsica 6 has a lot of vintage art with modern paint streaks and touches.
Artist Beth Hoeckel boasts some quirky pieces with faces and inanimate objects.
Note: Society6 lets you order their art in a variety of formats [i.e. print, poster, pillow, etc.] but I would only recommend ordering the prints, as opposed to posters.
The prints, while more expensive, are higher quality and printed on very thick paper. The posters come rolled up on glossy paper that’s difficult to work with.
Let’s dive face-first into some face prints.
Society6 Prints That I’ve already Coveted:
Society6 Prints I’ll Probably Covet ASAP:
Faces You Can Download FREE to print yourself
You’ve probably heard me talk about Unsplash by now, but if you haven’t, go check this site out right away. They offer pictures free of cost and license—and I regularly print pictures at Walgreens or through MPix that I’ve downloaded for free. You could easily add a paint filter onto the pictures to flip it into the abstract type that Society6 and Etsy sell.