Hi, I’m Kristian Gallagher.
Artist, illustrator, designer, award winning photographer, world traveler, runner, and
founder of Modern Tropical Studios.
The artwork I create for Modern Tropical is inspired by my love of all things tropical, coastal, and generally summer-related. The result is usually mid century meets children’s illustrations meets classic tropical/tiki with a modern twist. It’s colorful and playful. And as for mediums: anything goes. I have an affinity for blending them. A typical work may contain watercolor, acrylic, inked line art, original vector art, and photographed textures.
There are much easier ways to create art than how I do it. After endlessly sketching and deciding on a composition, I handcraft each piece of that composition separately. Painting each leaf, drawing each building, creating each texture as its own art. All those assets are scanned, then composed digitally. Sometimes I wonder if I use such a long process because artmaking is so fun that I want to hold onto a piece as long as possible.
Stats: The year in review
- 14 licensing partners in 4 countries
- 1800+ art prints sold last year
- 7000+ total units sold last year, including wall art, home decor, and textiles
- 150+ designs currently available for licensing
Awards + Recognition
- Pottery Barn x Minted, Walls That Wow
- Society6, Bestsellers of 2019
- Homepage features on Americanflat, Art.com, and Society6
While I greatly admire artists who strive to influence society and bring awareness to a cause or movement, my only goal with my art is to make people happy. People buy my work because it puts a smile on their face. That’s good enough for me. Happy people have better judgement and are kinder to others. It’s a ripple effect. We could use more happy people in the world these days, yes?