Animal Instinct: 7 Ways to Try the Animal Portrait Trend in Your Home

The stranger art trend has been picking up steam for a while now. While it’s a trend we love, we know that sometimes it can be a struggle to find that perfect vintage portrait, or maybe the idea of someone else’s great-grandfather watching over your living room is simply just too creepy for you. A fun and more approachable alternative, we’re currently crushing on the idea of hanging animal portraits in our homes.

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. Here we’ve curated seven pieces of animal art that are just as whimsical and quirky as a stranger’s portrait, but decidedly more humorous and approachable.

Check out these seven animal portraits below and try them on in your space with Modsy!

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1. Highland Cow No. 1, Kingdom by Randal Ford

If your style is… Rustic, eclectic, or modern

Looking to add a little humor into your home? This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude, might do the trick. Between her shaggy mop of hair and her slightly tilted head, you can’t help but fall in love with this bombshell blonde.

Photographed by Randal Ford, this limited edition photograph comes from his Kingdom series, a collection of intimate animal portraits. Available in a range of sizes and framing options, this limited edition work, along with other members of the Kingdom series, is the perfect addition to the home of any animal lover.

 

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2. School of Fish, Williams Sonoma

If your style is… Traditional or classic

A school of scaly fish swimming against a backdrop of deep blue makes for a less intimate portrait of the animal world, but one that’s sure to make a statement in your home. This giclee reproduction of an original oil painting is full of texture and intricate details, making it look like a one-of-a-kind work of art.

If you’re looking for a work of art to crown your linen sofa or leather club chair, School of Fish is the perfect piece to polish off a truly traditional look. We paired ours with a wooden decoy swan and a brass task lamp for an American Traditional reading nook.

 

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3. Golden Gait, by Andrew McClintock for Minted

If your style is… Chic or industrial

If you like a bit of glam in your space but don’t want it to feel over-the-top, Andrew McClintock’s sprinting cheetah print might be the perfect pick for you. Here our cheetah gets abstracted into a collection of 2D graphic spots. It’s a familiar chic staple with a minimalist twist.

Not chic enough for you? The print is also available in gold for an extra dose of glamour. We paired ours with a black leather chair and gold accents for a look that’s equally chic and edgy.

 


4. Blue Bird Art – Jay, Ballard Designs

If your style is… Classic and elegant

For anyone looking to add a bit of animal elegance to their home, these blue jays might make the perfect addition. Based on the animal drawings by John James Audubon, this piece would fit well into a range of spaces from the naturalist’s study to the the most elegant living room.

The print has a companion work if you’re looking to fit two birds into one shopping cart – try them together over a bed frame or as pendant pieces hanging on opposite sides of a fireplace or doorway.

 


5. Llama Framed Print, by Jennifer Meyers for Pottery Barn

If your style is… Eclectic or modern

A framed portrait of a llama in profile, Llama by Jennifer Meyers is an all-time favorite of eclectic interiors. Minimal in its color palette and rich in texture, this print will add a note of whimsy and humor to any space.

Available in a range of sizes and shapes, we love it as a non-cheesy option for kids’ spaces that can totally be repurposed to other rooms down the line.

 

 

6. Icelandic Ram by Robert and Tiffany Peterson, Artfully Walls

If your style is… Rustic or minimal

Escape to Iceland with this framed print of a ram stopping to say hello. Set against a majestic landscape, Icelandic Ram by photographer duo, Robert and Tiffany Peterson, is the perfect addition to any rustic interior.

You might have spotted it before in our Icelandic Bedroom Collection, but don’t be afraid to hang it in your living room, office, or even entryway!


7. Dog With Cone print by Michael Sowa, Art .com

If your style is… Eclectic or whimsical

Fans of the movie Amelie might recognize this print from her eclectic Parisian apartment. Part of a larger series of playful animal portraits by Michael Sowa, this Dog with Cone print is a tried-and-true eclectic favorite.

Get the full Amélie look and try it in your bedroom with it’s other half, or add a playful note to a child’s bedroom or nursery. Even hang it above your dog’s bed as an homage to your four-legged friends.

 

Got a favorite piece of animal art? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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