Art can really make a room, but many of us are intimidated by the potential price of starting our collection. Fortunately it is possible to buy original artworks and prints for prices that won’t make your eyes water – you just have to know where to look. Read on for our favourite stops for affordable art.
20×200 is all about art for everyone. You can find original drawings/illustrations from around US$10, and photograph and art prints start from US$24 for an 9×10 print increasing in price for bigger ones and framed ones.
Art Pharmacy is primarily an online gallery, but they also host pop-up exhibitions around Sydney. You can find oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, etchings and prints for as little as under $100. Shopping here is a great way to support emerging Australian artists.
Emilya Colliver is the founder and director of Art Pharmacy, and also the fair director of The Other Art Fair, the next edition of which will be held from 27-30 October 2016 at Commune on Bourke St, Sydney. At The Other Art Fair you can buy directly from a carefully selected group of emerging and undiscovered artists, giving you the opportunity to talk with the artists about their work and pick something extra special to hang on your wall.
Tappan Collective is a Los Angeles based online gallery supporting emerging artists from around the USA. It offers a selection of affordable original and limited edition works, along with information about each artist’s background and body of work.
Etsy is best known for clothes, jewellery and craft, but it can also be a great place to pick up bargain artworks – paintings, drawings, photography, graphic prints, sculpture… everything! As it’s uncurated and anyone can sell on there you may have to dig a bit harder to find the right work for you, but it makes finding that perfect piece even more satisfying.
If you’re just in the market for cheapie prints head to Society6 for photography and illustration prints. There are thousands of artists to choose from. Select your print, the size you want, and whether you would like it framed, and you’re good to go. Lots of the prints on the site are also available on pillows, shower curtains, canvas prints and more.
To add some retro charm to your walls try Print Collection. They sell all sorts of prints, but their niche is retro graphics, such as their exclusive See America poster series by Steven Thomas.
Another online collective gallery is UArt, where artists from around the world sell their work at affordable prices set by expert curators. Each artist page has a section of customer reviews and responses by the artist, so you can see what other people thought once they received their new piece of art.