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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Where to find affordable art

When we were decorating our new apartment last fall, I scoured the web for affordable art. There are so many beautiful prints out there! Here's a round-up...

Above, from top:
1. John Lennon photo from Sonic Editions, a collection of iconic music photography.
2. Atmosphere print from Inaluxe, an Australian design studio.
3. Flower photograph by Ashley Woodson Bailey. (I also love the flower photography by Kari Herer.)
4. North America photographic print from Art.com, an online poster shop.
5. Ocean print by Budi Satria Kwan from Society6, a collection of art prints from thousands of artists around the world.
6. There's No Place Like Home print by Ashley Goldberg.
7. Hollywood photograph from Whisper Editions, an online gallery that collaborates with artists to create original works in limited quantities.
8. Letterpress poster from Aardvarkonsea.
9. Photo of Maddie the Coonhound.
10. No Matter What print by Christopher David Ryan at My Little Underground.
11. Constellation print from Evajuliet.
12. Married to the Sea art print by Clare Elsaesser.
13. Couple Dancing print from 20x200, a collection of limited-edition prints by emerging and established artists.
14. New Yorker cartoon from The Conde Nast Store.
15. Bike poster via JaydeFish.
16. Buffalo photo from Sharon Montrose of The Animal Print Shop.
17. Stripes silkscreen print by Wayne Pate.
18. Illustrated recipe by Felicia Sala from Society6.
19. Pears watercolor from The Joy of Color.
20. Linen heart print from Castles and Things, an Australian home shop.

A few other art destinations: Buy Some Damn Art, Schoolhouse Electric, Max Wanger, Little Paper Planes, Mr. Boddington, My Guide To, Hugo Guiness, Paul Ferney, MoMA store, BOOK/SHOP, Rifle Design, Jen Kindell and HunterGatherer.

Thank you! And please tell me, below: What did I miss? :)

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100 comments:

CMX said...

Also here: http://davidmeredith.tumblr.com/
Lots of good stuff for kids rooms.

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks, CMX!

Jackie said...

This is the post that I have been searching for!! I have been looking for art for our apartment forever. Thank you!!!!

Anitra Sweet said...

Thank you for this! I have been looking everywhere for affordable art and you nailed it!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm so glad to see Clare Elsaesser in there:)
~Jennifer
www.jennifertrovato.blogspot.com

Amy Kitch said...

The Tappan Collective!

Kat786 said...

Great post! I was just searching for some affordable art this morning!

Sirena said...

This is all great, but I'd also like to add, if you are looking for affordable art, don't assume the amazing artists in your community are out of reach! Original artwork can be surprisingly accessible and you are not just supporting a local member of your community, you're purchasing a one of a kind creation to be treasured for generations. If you're looking for inspiration, check out my sister-in-law's amazing artwork at www.vianborchert.com, or look for an artist near you - I know we all want to live in communities with artists in them, so let's support our artists too :-)

E. Hartman said...

https://www.wonderwall.se

Joanna Goddard said...

sirena, great idea, thank you!

Maiz Connolly said...

We've got a couple of these prints, that we LOVE:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/elsita

Joanna Goddard said...

jennifer, i *think* mindy kaling has a clare elsaesser print in her office on the show!

Lynn DontBlameTheKids said...

Etsy has affordable art. Takes a long time to sort through the junk or things that just aren't your taste, but worth it, IMO.


http://dontblamethekids.com

Kelly Connor said...

Great ideas Joanna! What about framing? Its so expensive to frame ... any ideas?!

maestroandmuse said...

Sirena, that's an awesome point! There are so many wonderful artists in every community. If you don't know where to start when searching for artists in you area, try selecting the "shop local" feature on Etsy to get a list of sellers nearby. I've had a number of buyers contact me directly after doing this and the commissions from those contacts really sustain my business as an artist! Also Saatchi Art Online has a FANTASTIC collection of original works and prints at a number of price points. (WWW.SAATCHIART.COM) Saatchi offers a really wonderful interactive online community too, for artists and buyers alike.

Jennifer said...

I second Society6. Love them! And I miss 20x200 :(. Also, you can find some real gems on Etsy, particularly vintage prints and some great photography. I love my photo from Irene Suchoki (https://www.etsy.com/listing/154278749/sheep-in-fog-animal-photography-nursery) and my constellation prints from Vintage Inclinations (https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageInclination)

Jennifer said...

Oh scratch that; I didn't realize 20x200 had come back! Their site was down for so long. Exciting!

Ally C said...

Lovely prints! I'm going to be a proud older sibling and give a plug for Print Club Boston: http://jointheprintclub.com/, run by my very talented sister, Elizabeth Corkery.

NeatoKeen@Etsy said...

Through the years I've discovered wonderful contemporary artists at local art fairs. I also frame and hang my vintage tea towels in my kitchen and hallway. I rotate them every couple of months. I change the poster board behind them (which serves as a matte) to coordinate with the colors in the towels. They never fail to garner compliments by guests. Unique and affordable art!

Bridge said...

Love the American Buffalo print but they don't seem like they are affordable (except for the 7'x9") especially as prints. If you have that much money to drop why not get an original piece of art? I would highly recommend going on a local gallery walk where you can meet artists and buy from them directly. Buying even one painting from an artist can make a huge difference!!


8.5" x 11" • image size 7" x 9" • $25
11" x 17" • image size 10" x 13" • $75
16" x 20" • limited edition of 100 • $350
24" x 30" • limited edition of 25 • $950
30" x 40" • limited edition of 10 • $2500 4 left
40" x 52" • limited edition of 8 • $5500 3 left

TheJoyofColor said...

Great finds Joanna, i see some of my faves here and added new ones
thank you for featuring my pears

TheJoyofColor said...

Great finds Joanna, i see some of my faves here and added new ones
thank you for featuring my pears

Nadya Sagner said...

Love this! You have such a great eye (and your apartment looks beautiful). I write about affordable art all the time (and help clients find it). Thanks so much for posting these sources!

Katie said...

Getty Images just launched Photos.com, where you can buy lots of artwork, famous or otherwise, for your walls. Really cool archival imagery, too.

secretstylist said...

Really good list, thank you Joanna. I also always go to the affordable art fair when it's in New York, they host it around the world and my girlfriend runs the singapore one. More info here: http://affordableartfair.com/newyork/ some of the prices are thither but there's a really good range and it's fun to take te kids. Lucy x

secretstylist said...

I meant som prices are higher!

emmy d said...

We buy concert posters! Big problem is that they don't tend to come in standard frame sizes and it is SO expensive to custom frame.

In general I don't have a problem finding affordable art, but again the problem is finding affordable frames! Even a small print costs close to $100 to have custom framed and cheaper ones from target/ikea/michaels tend to scratch and dent very easily. Any recommendations??

Elizabeth Lee said...

These are wonderful! I cannot wait to stop being a student so that I can grow up and decorate a home! x

Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

Etsy! http://www.etsy.com/listing/97274943/large-robot-alphabet-art-print-wall?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Nadya Sagner said...

To save on framing, try framesbymail.com and pictureframes.com. You just have to measure and assemble them yourself.
bluelocketart.com

Anna said...

Thank you so much! This was really useful!

AngelaZ said...

You missed two great ones:

http://mammoth.co/

http://store.debbiecarlos.com/

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks, angela!

Linnea Rading said...

I also love Pop Chart Lab - they make really fun graphic prints.

Have a look at my lifestyle blog based in Brazil!

http://taleoftwocities.squarespace.com

Carly Martin said...

Hunters Alley has an awesome affordable art section and often feature art sales under $50. I have some of my work on there: https://www.huntersalley.com/profile/9154-carly-martin

Taylor R said...

www.1000museums.com also has great affordable prints and the proceeds support museums!

They have big name museums and smaller exhibits. I love the historic NYC photography available through the International Center of Photography like this amazing shot of Coney Island in 1940:

https://www.1000museums.com/art_works/weegee-crowd-at-coney-island-temperature-89-degrees-they-came-early-and-stayed-late-july-21-1940/customize

Diana McNeill said...

If you haven't visited https://artsy.net/ you really should. It was just voted best art website for the Webbys. You can browse art by category, medium, artist, and even set price ranges. Also, they championed the art genome project, which like Pandora radio and Last fm, generates "artists you might like" options based on the criteria you set in your searches. It's pretty bad ass and definitely a great source to discover new art.

Amanda Lee said...

Love this post! Not that I don't love hilarious Toby and sweet little Anton, but it's nice to see a non-mommy post every once and a while! The balance is why I've been a dedicated reader for three years :)

Unknown said...

20x200 is amazing. Different artists & editions. I buy all my art there.

Unknown said...

Hello Joanna,

I started a gallery in 2009 called eyebuyart.com that sells affordable, fine art photographs by rising stars in the emerging art scene (I have a partnership with an international photo competition called Flash Forward which is where the artists I show come from).

I was wondering if you'd take a second to check out our site! Either way, I love this post, love your blog and read it religiously (or A LOT anyway :).

Here's to more and more people buying art!

Thanks again,
Emily

Emily McInnes
Founder and Director
EYEBUYART.COM

Mihaela said...

Great selection. Should you have the time do not hesitate to look at my Society 6 page: http://society6.com/MihaelaMoldovanPerianu/framed-prints

nina | itsazooatthezoo.blogspot.com said...

I'm so glad you posted this. Original art looks so much more grown up than posters or small, framed photos. It makes a HUGE difference! Super duper resources, thank you!

Samantha Leeds said...

http://www.collectorartshop.com/ !!!!! Such great stuff! They specialize in affordable, original art and even have some of the artists you just mentioned. They are definitely my go-to when I need something new for my apartment!

Ramsey said...

Ditto on what Amanda Lee said! Now, the problem is, how can I get any work done when I have so many great websites to look at?? Sigh.

SL said...

So many unique prints! Thank you for the roundup, Joanna. I love clare elsaesser's pillow series. Makes me want to dive into bed for a nap.

Popsmom said...

Joanna- I know someone mentioned, but would really love for you to also share your framing sources, and also maybe to include some tips on how to frame on a budget? As I've noticed in your apartment tours, you have this "affordable" art that is framed beautifully, and at the end of the day, I have a feeling thousands of dollars were spent on not just the art, but the frames.Any nice ones are so expensive! So if you do have good inexpensive sources, please share!

Shanti said...

Thanks so much! I just purchased a Kari Herer print for my little sister for her birthday!

Jill B. said...

I love the one-of-a-kind artwork at Room & Board. http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=24648&catalog=filter&menuCatalog=room&menuCategory=189&menuSubcategory=1734

Eleven said...

Lots of great, affordable, and ORIGINAL! paintings on Etsy.com :)

Eleven said...

Lots of great, affordable, and original paintings on Etsy.com. They have a good search engine to narrow your choices.

Hunters Alley also has art.

felicita said...

thanks for featuring my recipe!
x felicita

eiara said...

Love the suggestion to look for artists in your area, and all the framing resources above, too! Another good idea is to gather inexpensive art while you travel; to create your own art with lines, chevron, blocks of color etc. Especially grateful for framing resources in reference to this suggestion.

jenna kirouac said...

For originals:
https://www.beheld.me/

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SLOmygosh said...

I love that you did an art round-up! Ann Shen (shopannshen on etsy) and Jeff Claassen (jeffclaassen.com) are my favorites for filling empty spaces on my walls. Wildly different styles, but both are totally unique and very affordable. Affordability is nice because you can buy multiples and make clusters which I think look better.

Panda Head said...

these are awesome! i also just saw this tutorial at The Kitchn:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-really-big-and-cheap-photo-posters-for-a-party-gatherings-from-the-kitchn-202858

they pulled inspiration from Oh Happy Day; I loved this and have been trying to scheme on what would look cool at that resolution.

Clare Elsaesser said...

joanna! thanks so much for including me in this gorgeous roundup, and for the super awesome suggestions. xo, clare

Anna Smith said...

I love http://www.jessiemackay.com/ - all the art comes custom framed and it is the REAL deal (not prints, all originals) but still somewhat affordable.

Melissa said...

You forgot my favorite site LittleCollector.com - they commission well known artists to make limited edition prints for kids. It's my go-to for both my kids rooms and for getting special gifts for all the children in our life.

aliB said...

also love garagegalleryonline.com!

CCL said...

Minted.com has affordable art and frames

Kate Lewis said...

Love Wayne Payte! Can't resist a shameless plug :) Find my paintings here: www.katelewisart.com

Laura said...

Thank you for these links! Always looking for affordable art.

Mara said...
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Mara said...

My go-to framer is Michael's (the craft store)! There is always a coupon out there somewhere; every weekend I see coupons for 40% or 60% off custom framing. They do a wonderful job too. As I type this, I am admiring three paintings around the room that they've done well! Highly recommended, great selection of frames.

preppylove said...

Awesome post! I really want to put up some great (but affordable) art when I get a place of my own soon!

littlehomebyhand said...

Love your selection! Some of these works I knew, some are completely new to me, thank you for introducing us to them. The Ocean print has been one of my favorites for a while, maybe I should just get it :)
If you should ever look for new photography prints, I'm selling landscape, animal and travel photography (Scotland, Norway, Italy and more) in my Etsy shop :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/FotografieKoehler

Erin Althea said...

https://www.etsy.com/shop/erinalthea
Affordable art prints and a few sculptural housewares!
Xx

Stephanie Sadler said...

Fab list! I can't wait to get a bigger place with more wall space. Mine's already full.

One you missed is my etsy shop full of photography prints and canvases, including some from my last solo show in November: http://www.etsy.com/littleobservationist

agnieszka | flow coach said...

Beautiful Finds!

Maybe you will like to see my photography shop? :)

Mostly nature & travel photos: www.TiAmoFoto.etsy.com

I would be very grateful if you'll come and check if you like them :)

domonique matthews said...

one of my favorites remains the photo prints i found here a while back of the dear beds! so natural, artistic, human, warm and soothing. do you still have that hanging somewhere?

Kate said...

We are moving soon to a bigger place, so I will be referencing this post for sure. :)

Shoutout to Bonheur Prints -- recently started by a friend of mine & their goal is to sell affordable photographs/art.

Mary Jean said...

The best place ever to buy original art at amazing prices is the end-of-the-semester art sales at universities. You can buy paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind prints, etc. I've purchased things from the Kansas City Art Institute, the ceramics department of the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Arkansas. All are real treasures!!

kitchendolls said...

Hey,

I'm reading your blog for quite a few months now, and it's always like a short-time holiday in New York...!
It really is often an inspiration for my Couture Dolls - I just love your posts about New York women and styles.
Thank you!

I'm working on a series of Cloth Art Statuettes - and I'd love to introduce them to you.
The Ladies can be seen here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/verenaspring

Many greetings from Munich,

Verena



Keri Gailloux said...

Etsy Etsy Etsy great place for new, vintage and original art. Keri

Keri Gailloux said...

Etsy Etsy, Etsy. Great place for affordable, unique new, vintage and original art of all kinds. Keri

marni zarr said...

i love the food illustrations so much!!!

the byrd said...

thank you so much joanna for including my work in this post. every artist is so talented-i am honored to be listed here! i love my flowers and love capturing them-my forever arrangement.
xo-ash

the byrd said...

ps that is me above "the byrd"-ashley woodson bailey :)

Angela said...

I have to recommend a dear friend and artist
http://www.leeannewright.com/available-work.html

Stunning, vibrant oil paintings - not too expensive!!

She has taught me that everyone should have art in their home!

Great post - everyone loves affordable!

Lori said...

I love the "married to the sea" print!! It reminds me a bit of the print I have been searching for forever. In the sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" with Julia Louis-Dryfus. There is a print hanging in her living room on the show. It is of a women holding a large beach ball up in the air. I have searched all the ways I can think of on the Internet to find it. I'm sure it is a some what famous print. Do you and your vast knowledge have any clue where I could locate this picture? It's easy to see in the show.

Lori said...

I love the print of "married to the sea" it reminds me of a print I've been searching for for years. You can see the print of a women holding a large beach ball up in the air on the sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" I stumbled upon reruns of the show and fell in love with that print on a wall in her sitcom living room. In your vast knowledge do you know how I would find such a print?

Hena Tayeb said...

great selection..I like the Married to the Sea print..

sorry to tut my own horn but i've got some beautiful architectural and travel fine art photographs here http://www.henatayebphotography.com

Susie said...

Awesome suggestions! Also check out Minted.com (a community of independent art and design contributors.) [In full disclosure, I must admit that I *am* a contributor, but I'm also a huge fan of the overall collections, framing options, etc.] Custom art here: http://www.minted.com/custom-art?us=new%2Bvisitor and limited-edition art here: http://www.minted.com/wall-art-prints?us=new+visitor

Malin said...

I love love love the screenprints and giclee prints by Double Merrick (doublemerrick.com). Especially 'La Mer' and 'La Lune'.

Giuliana Hazelwood said...

You missed "Bacon is My Friend!"

http://society6.com/iamsweetg/Bacon-is-My-Friend_Print#1=45

Lisa said...

This is a French image editor - they have lots of art from comics (like Blacksad etc). Not very expensive though shipping to the US may raise the price quite a bit. http://www.granitassocies.com/

Also, http://redbubble.com - some artists are also displayed on society6

And yes, Etsy is the best affordable art source EVER. You can find ANYTHING under ANY kind of design.

Lisa said...

This is a French image editor - they have lots of art from comics (like Blacksad etc). Not very expensive though shipping to the US may raise the price quite a bit. http://www.granitassocies.com/

Also, http://redbubble.com - some artists are also displayed on society6

And yes, Etsy is the best affordable art source EVER. You can find ANYTHING under ANY kind of design.

mantle art said...
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mantle art said...

Great post. Also, check out:

www.mantleart.com

Exclusive limited editions from emerging artists, and custom picture framing!

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Steve Allen said...

I love the idea of custom artwork though I feel like the artist who created the work knows the best cropping of their own works.
For canvas printing though I do like www.canvasdezign.co.uk

Victoria McGregor said...

If you're not keen on a mass-produced print but are hoping to find an affordable original artwork, check out StateoftheART Gallery. There's a good selection of one-off pieces under $300 from emerging artists in Australia and South Africa. And the gallery is curated to ensure quality over quantity.

m Vi said...

Another great place to find affordable art is Versus, a Dubai based gallery of passionate collectors who launched an online platform last month. Read more about it here http://bit.ly/Ur5iq0

Patrick Tan said...

These pieces are beautiful! It is true that art doesn't always have to be expensive. -Patrick Tan

Fil said...

http://createcollect.com/ :)

Cara Connell said...

You missed us off your list! www.lumitrix.com Affordable photographic prints. Global reach.

Nikki Berger Martinez said...

for something a little unexpected try this site
http://theghostwalk.bigcartel.com

haunting and beautiful!! in photo prints and canvas

Poppy Mae said...

I am so inspired by this collection, Joanna! Your blog is incredible, and thanks for your hard work!

I sell affordable art on Etsy--$7 downloads of pretty cool things!

Check out my store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WordArtbyPoppyMae?ref=si_shop

Love, Poppy

theBowerbirds said...

Hello Joanna,

There's also theBowerbirds (http://www.thebbirds.com) which sells art by emerging artists from Asia. Hope you will find something you like!

Clarissa
Founder
theBowerbirds

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