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Interesting Art Apps for Artists and Art Lovers

Posted on 21 April 2016

Smartphones have become an important part of artist's go-to tools. Whether it's a digital drawing tool; discovering new artists or galleries, or social networking, there is a plethora of smartphone apps on the market for creative minds. Art.co.za reviews 8 art apps.


Creative Cape Town

A brillant app for the creatives and creative lovers in Cape Town. It gives users the ability to see businesses, venues and events linked to the city's creative industries. It lists portfolios and contact details connecting makers and manufacturers to wholesalers and individual buyers.

Price: Free

(iOS and Android)

ART AFRICA magazine moves to a digital domain with this app. The app allows you to purchase and read magazine subscriptions right on your phone or tablet. Publishing original content, exciting news, current art reviews, beautiful images and popular culture from across the African continent, ART AFRICA app allows you to read the latest issues using beautiful design and comfortable reading functions

Price: Free download | In-app content purchases


(iOS and Android)

ArtRage is the perfect digital painting tool. It offers unlimited digital canvases and paint that reacts realistically, allowing you create art that gives the impression of the real textures and effects. The app goes so far as to track how much paint you've applied and how wet that paint is to allow you to blend and smear as you would realistically with watercolour or oil paints.

Price: ± R76 on Android and ± R99 on iOS

Handy Art Reference Tool
(iOS and Android)

A niche app for artists, this is a handy application for drawing hands making it the ultimate artist's reference tool. The app shows you a hand (in various positions) allowing you to rotate the hand to get the proper lighting and shadows.

Price: ± R43 on Android and ± R38 on iOS


(iOS and Android)

An art-focused Instagram-like social media app, ArtStack allows you to discover artists and share art with other art lovers. The app allows you to 'stack' artworks (share them on your page) and follow art feeds you like.

Price: Free


(iOS and Android)

Do you want to know why van Gogh cut off his ear? Or who is the lady on Picasso's portrait? How Jackson Pollock created his paintings? DailyArt offers daily beautiful, museum-like artworks together with the story behind each masterpiece. Learn something new about art every day - you just need two minutes.

Price: Free

(iOS and Android)

This innovative app scans and recognises artworks through advanced vision recognition technology. Artbit explores art and enhances your interaction with art offering detailed information on artworks and artists. Though its database is still rather limited, the app allows you to add artworks to its archive. It also allows you to find art near you and create your own evolving catalog of favorite captured artworks.

Price: Free



Like Sudoku to numbers and Tetris to shapes, Huedoku is to colour. This puzzle game allows you to connect colours linked to a person, place or thing. Reassemble the color swatches of a Van Gogh painting until they glow in relationship. The game takes try or two to figure out but once you get the hang of it, you will be learning complex visual perceptive systems that even the Impressionists were able to master.

Price: Free

Do you have any art apps that you are addicted to or can't live without? Share it with us in the comments.

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