Best FREE WordPress Portfolio Themes for Artists and Creatives

Whether you’re a wizard with a brush or a bass, or you’re perfectly at home behind a camera or a canvas, having a user-friendly portfolio theme to showcase the very best of your work is vital to attracting new customers. The good news is that there are plenty of free WordPress themes on the market to help you do just that.

Many people think that with free WordPress portfolio themes, you get what you pay for. But the following free themes include so many great features, you’ll find it hard to believe that they really are free. So no matter whether you’re an artist, a photographer, a musician or a creative thinker, being able to display your best work with these great portfolio themes for WordPress will help you show off with style!


Sydney, by athemes is mobile responsive right out of the box, so you can be assured that your work will look flawless on any device. A powerful theme customizer means you don’t have to be a coding expert to make design changes and lay out your portfolio the way you want. With a great deal of layout flexibility and helpful marketing features like built-in social icons, Sydney is designed to get you up and running with a portfolio website theme quickly and easily.

Perfect Portfolio

Perfect Portfolio is a fantastic free WordPress portfolio theme that puts your work front and center for your audience. Bright, bold and easy to use, it’s everything a portfolio theme should be — and it’s free! With features like responsive capabilities built in to both the design and layout, as well as search engine optimization options baked right in, you’ll be able to not only showcase your work in a way that gets noticed, but also ensure that your new portfolio website ranks well in the search engines.


Shapely by Colorlib is a fantastic free WordPress portfolio theme that is unique from the rest in that it is designed to be a “one page” portfolio. This means that you can showcase all of your works on one page and Shapely is so…well, shapely, that it makes sure everything fits in a way that’s organized and seamless. It also incorporates must-have features like Google fonts, image sliders, total plugin support, WooCommerce integration (in case you want to sell your work online) and much more.


A portfolio theme built from the ground up for musicians, DJs, bands and entertainment  bloggers alike, Musicsong by Themepalace is optimized for search engines and easy to customize to make it your own. One of the more unique stand-out features of this theme is its superb loading time. It’s fast yet fluid and its mobile responsive design ensures that it will look good whether on a PC, tablet or mobile phone. You can also add links to music sites like iTunes or Amazon Music to encourage people to check out the album in more detail and buy directly online.


OceanWP isn’t just a free portfolio WordPress theme. It’s much, much more. In addition to being optimized for search engines, and e-commerce ready, OceanWP is flexible enough to support a wide range of uses. While many of the themes featured here are centered around showcasing your creative work, OceanWP takes things a step further through its pre-built demos. From photography to event planning to music and art, you can import any of the demos and instantly give your portfolio WordPress site a starting point that looks great and loads fast.

Portfolio Web

Many musicians, artists and creatives have their own unique style — what makes them, “them”. And for those of you that want to showcase that as part of your work, there’s Portfolio Web. This free WordPress portfolio theme lets you present yourself to the world while showing off the flair, creativity and ingenious look that is all your own. As with all of the WordPress portfolio themes profiled here, it’s free and mobile responsive, so you can rest assured that it looks great on any device!

Why Not Just Work with WordPress Portfolio Content Types?

Many people often ask if it’s just easier to take a theme and create a separate portfolio section using WordPress’ own built-in portfolio content-type. Similar to the way that you can create a gallery, a blog post or a regular web page, the portfolio content type lets you create and organize projects as well as individual pieces that you want to showcase.

While this kind of approach is good for creating a portfolio section on an existing website, it doesn’t give you nearly the freedom or functionality that a WordPress portfolio website theme does. With a portfolio theme, you have far greater flexibility (a MUST for creative types) and can customize how your portfolio is displayed. Conversely, WordPress’ own “portfolio” content type is more of a “bolt on” system for an existing website rather than a theme that has been built from the ground up to show off your work in a way that’s modern, clean and aesthetically pleasing.

Get Help Maintaining and Managing Your WordPress Portfolio Theme!

If you’re the type of person who would rather concentrate on crafting amazing songs, taking beautiful photos, designing stunning works of art or any other creative process, you already know the headaches involved with updating your website. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone! With WPDandy, you can have your own personal web developer by your side to make the changes for you, update plugins, customize your new WordPress portfolio theme and much more, quickly and efficiently.

It’s the smart WordPress management and maintenance solution that frees up your time and makes it easier for you to work on the art or music that drives you, instead of letting your WordPress website drive you crazy! We invite you to learn more about our WordPress maintenance and management services today so that you can focus on doing what you love!