This means the theme is targeted towards photographers but not built solely for that audience.
Anyone can get this theme running smoothly and take advantage of its layout structure. Granted I think it’s a really basic design and it’s actually a child theme of Hamilton which makes it somewhat complex to edit.
Small note: a WordPress child theme is basically a theme that relies on another theme.
So when you install Minimalist Portfolio it also installs Hamilton. That can feel a bit clunky and it’s one reason you might be put off from this option.
So I really like the creative typography and page design of York. Once again this is a freemium theme where you get the free design for life, but can always upgrade to the pro version at any time.
Have a look at the York demo to see how it works in your browser.
The entire page is editable using the WordPress customizer so it’s definitely an easy option for newer WP users. Most of the pro features revolve around added benefits like custom image sliders, modal slideshows, and support from the theme developers.
Have a look at the York theme page to learn more and see what it’s all about.
Super clean and super easy to browse. That’s the best way to describe X Portfolio for WordPress.
Anyone can set this up with ease and within 10-15 minutes have it running just the way they want. I think it’s a little basic and perhaps too simple for my taste. But when you don’t know how to design simplicity is your friend.
The only thing people want to see is your artwork. That’s exactly what they’ll see on your homepage with the X Portfolio theme.
Now this does offer a pro version and it’s actually priced fairly. In the “pro” version you get a dedicated portfolio plugin so you wouldn’t need to add one yourself. That alone might be worth the cost, but again the free version is more than enough.
If you take a look at the Allegiant theme you’ll notice pretty quickly it’s not just a personal theme. This can also work for art studios, exhibits, or creative teams that work together on art projects(like small game/animation studios).
Now this is like the opposite of personalized, at least by default. You do have to add some images of yourself, add a custom “about me” page and fix up the content a little.
But overall the design feels very professional which is the perfect angle for any serious art portfolio website.
Take a peek at the live demo to see what I mean. That homepage features a few recent blog posts, recent portfolio items, even a few products likely running through WooCommerce.
All of those features can’t be overlooked just because the theme is technically made for agencies.
If you’re willing to put in some time to edit Allegiant you can launch a powerhouse portfolio site all on the WordPress ecosystem.
If you like the vertical sidebar design then you’ll love WP Portfolio. It’s probably the best free theme sporting this type of layout and it’s tailor-made for a visual portfolio.
Only trouble is that so many artists use this theme. It’s basically a cliché by now.
Granted that’s not a bad thing because it clearly works well and you can customize the design with unique fonts, your own logo, stuff like that.
But if an art director looks at 10, 20, 30+ portfolio websites in one day then yours might not stand out very much.
Still I come back to my original point: WP Portfolio is really popular because it just friggen works so well. This is one of the best portfolio themes in general, not just for artists but for all visual work.
Check out the live demo and click around. You’ll quickly understand why so many artists love this theme.
If you do run WP Portfolio just make sure you customize it a little bit with your own logo/branding and maybe some alternate typography.
I’m sure you can find a few more by searching the themes directory for new portfolio themes.
But this list should be enough to find something for free that can work with all kinds of work. Doesn’t matter if you do oil painting or 3D modeling in ZBrush, this list will have something you can use to launch a sexy art portfolio site on WordPress.