One of the greatest things to come from the internet is the sheer/colossal access to some truly remarkable art. Where once it would take a town to source one sought-after artwork, now all we need is our trusty search bar and a free day on your hands and voila, you’ll be falling down a veritable rabbit hole.
|Citizen Atelier||$75 to $7600+|
|Eyes on Walls||$30 to $350|
|Society6||$15 - $250|
|20x200||$24 to over 10K +|
|Etsy||$10 to $1000 +|
|Lumas||$34 to $2000+|
|Artsy||$100 to $100,000+|
|Artspace||Under $500 to $50K +|
|Zatista||$98 to $2500|
|SaatchiArt||$200 to 10,000+|
|The Working Proof||$35 to $350|
For Contemporary Photography Lovers
Ever since the timeless black and white photo of the WW2 sailor kissing the girl in New York’s Times Square, people have covered their walls with meaningful, and quirky photographs. If you’re looking for a photograph, the website Artspace is a great choice. Featuring some of the best names in contemporary art, this site takes the often closed-contemporary art circle and delivers it to your living room. Since it features well-established artists, there are some pricey prints, but you can also find some that start at a reasonable $100.
Another online site to purchase exceptional art photography is Lumas. Since it sells limited edition pieces (sometimes hand-signed) it usually only offers 75-150 prints, and the goal is to make high-quality artwork affordable for everyone. Artwork can sell anywhere from $34 to over $2000.
Okay, nobody will admit to being a hipster. But if you happened to, this is the kind of art you’d have hanging in your Brooklyn loft. Citizen Atelier offers an ever-changing selection of curated prints from artists worldwide. You can select your size and shop by artist and prices range from $75 up until original paintings at $7,600.
If you’re looking for something really different and love modern art with powerful splashes of color go visit the site, Eyes on Wall, a veritable eye candy for your home. You can buy gorgeous original art, and limited edition prints, like nothing you’ve ever seen before. A definite talking point when people come to visit your home. An added bonus - the price you pay goes directly to the artist, helping support their career.
Meaning Behind the Art
For those who are searching for meaning behind their artwork, and also want to support independent artists, Artsy is a great choice. This site acts as a resource for art collecting and education, selling artwork from over 50,000 artists ranging from famous names like Lichenstein to the complete unknown. This isn’t a quick ‘add to cart’ job though, and you’ll need to spend time browsing work. Artsy partners with some impressive galleries and the buying experience feels closer to browsing art in a real museum.
Another really great site, The Working Proof, is in the business of social responsibility and promoting art. Each print is paired with a charity of the artist’s choice and 15% of the price goes towards it. You can search for your particular print from categories ranging from animals to food. The site adds a new artist weekly, and prices start from $35 to $350.
For those of us that can’t afford to fork out for an original, framed piece of art, there are many other options, with sites you can get stuck on for days, filtering through the thousands of pieces of art. 20x200’s tagline is ‘art for everyone’ and the extremely affordable prices are a real attraction. With over 300 independent artists, 20x200 produces limited-edition artwork. Each museum-quality, carefully packaged piece comes with an artist-signed and numbered certificate of authenticity, and for prints as low as $24, the site is truly impressive.
If you’re looking for a unique range of artwork for your kid or baby’s room, look no further than Minted. Born as a site that aims to spread the work of independent artists worldwide, Minted sells limited edition prints, photography, and drawings sourced from independent artists. Prices can begin from as low as $21 for an unframed piece of art. It’s a great place to discover and support new emerging artists, with bios and links to their profiles.
Society6 is another excellent site to search for unique art and support emerging artists. Anybody can upload their artwork to the site, and if the consumer likes what they see, they can buy the print in anything from a poster to an iPhone case. Prices can start from as low as $15 for a print and they are known for having great sales.
Etsy is well known for the plethora of products- you might find yourself spending an entire day filtering through bad arts and crafts, but once you push through, you’ll find an incredible array of art ranging from photography, vintage posters to typography and illustrations for as little as $10.
The Novice Collector
If you’re looking to upgrade your artwork and want to invest in some classic prints, take a look at Zatista. Browse through some incredible art according to style, medium, size and of course price. Zatista charges commission rates to artists that are far below a traditional gallery to offer exposure to emerging artists. Prices range from $98 to over $2500 and there’s a nice Art 101 section that teaches you how to pick art and how to frame prints.
The Serious Collector
Okay, let’s talk business. If you’re a real collector and are looking for some seriously unique online artwork, check out Saatchiart. Saving you a trip to the museum, Saatchiart offers artists the chance to sell their gallery work to a huge audience online. The site is nicely divided into different sections so you can easily browse for your perfect piece. The prices range from an affordable $200 and can easily run into the thousands of dollars.
No matter where your artwork comes from, you should really love it and it should speak to you personally. Don’t worry about matching, chose a piece that stands out as a conversation starter. If you’re living in a open space don’t be afraid of choosing a really large piece that takes up the room. So what are you waiting for? Start browsing!