Why is black and white wall art so appealing? Taking away the colors takes away the distractions, allowing us to see subjects in a very different way. The austerity of black and white art begs to search the soul and offer plain and simple truths. Even newly minted pieces take on an aura of historic authenticity when rendered in only the positive and negative tones of black and white. In a time when color photography is the norm, black and white wall art is powerful and unique.