Artist Statement

Hi, I’m Kristian Gallagher.

Artist, illustrator, designer, award winning photographer, world traveler, and
founder of Modern Tropical Studios.


My colorful artistic style is inspired by my travels, my love of vintage Saturday morning cartoons, and the mid century style that surrounded me growing up in California. The work celebrates the endless summer lifestyle with relentlessly vibrant colors, tropical motifs, and otherworldly outdoor scenes. It’s an undeniably upbeat and idealistic view of the world as it could (should?) be. 

The Story So Far

  • 12 licensing partners
  • 600,000+ total units sold to date, including wall art, home decor, and textiles
  • 700+ works currently available for licensing

Awards x Recognition

  • Pottery Barn x Minted, Walls That Wow Winner
  • Society6, Bestsellers of 2019 Collection
  • Society6, Bestsellers of 2020 Collection
  • Americanflat, Featured Artist
  • Society6, Bestsellers of 2021 Collection
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  • Society6, Bestsellers of 2022 Collection
  • Desenio, Featured Artist

Personal Statement

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?