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I wish I had the kind of disposable income that allowed me to walk into my favorite galleries and buy the work that I love right off the walls, but let’s be real, that’s just not gonna happen anytime soon. So instead I will rely on the next best (read: affordable) thing: The internet.
Buying art online has really improved in recent years. You can now find quality work from great unknown artists who you may not have found otherwise, as well as prints of well-known established faves. Even better, many sites have frequent sales. So go grab a cup of joe, take a seat, and start browsing.
Society6, which offers artists a platform for creating products and selling their work, has lots of unusual, quirky, and interesting choices. Besides prints, they also offer framed prints, wall tapestries, printed canvases, and a host of other products.
Looking for affordable prints of pieces by well-known artists like Picasso or Rothko? Art.com has you covered. From canvas to framed art, you can find virtually every type of piece your heart desires. Plus, you get to enjoy free shipping and returns with your purchase.
Urban Outfitters may not be the first place you think of when you’re buying art, but recently they’ve begun stocking a very well-curated collection of prints, all of which come in a variety of sizes — up to 40″x60″ — to suit any space.
Minted, which offers prints from a selection of independent artists, has a lovely aesthetic, so you won’t have to sort through as many duds as you would on other art sites. All of their prints can be ordered in a variety of sizes, from 7″x5″ to 54″x40″.
If you’re willing to hunt through a lot of different options, Etsy can actually be a great source for affordable, original art. Plus, you’re buying directly from the artists, so there’s no middle man.
Our online marketplace is full of vintage art in a wide range of styles, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and much more. Right now, you can find art for as low as $10, and new stuff is added every day.
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Artfinder allows you to buy art directly from artists all over the world, with many selections under $500. Shop original art and get your hands on pieces you won’t find elsewhere.
Every Tuesday, Tiny Showcase releases a new limited edition print of a work by an independent artist. The prints are on the smaller side — most are sized to fit an 11″x14″ frame or smaller — but the prices are very reasonable, starting at only $15.
20×200 commissions artists — some well-known, some emerging — to create limited-edition prints exclusively for their site. Each print comes in a variety of sizes, with the smallest ones starting at just $24.
You may know Deviant Art as an online hub for creators, but you can also purchase prints there. Styles tend towards the fantastic and the surreal, and prices are quite reasonable — for example, you can buy a 12″x18″ framed print for $50.
This art site allows you to sort by price — and a quick search reveals that there are quite a few good options for under $500.
With charts on everything from the universe to coffee to rapper names, these prints are as exhaustive as they are beautiful. (Since this is Apartment Therapy, we also have to mention their American architecture one, too.) Framing options are included, too.
This site sources the best in modern art from art fairs, galleries, and artists’ studios, so the selection is always top of the line.
1stDibs is a designer-favorite art source, gathering pieces from artists big and small (yes, you can get your hands on an original Warhol or Picasso here) around the globe. It also lets you filter by style, artist, and price so you can find the perfect option within your range.
Known for their custom letterpress work and original limited-editions, The Aesthetic Union carries everything from cards to prints, ranging in prices from $6 to $300. Founder James Lewis Tucker creates some of the pieces himself — color lovers should check out his graphic, bold work ‘A Vast Expanse’. It was inspired by the macro and micro of the universe, or as he puts it, ” [the] cosmic dance of life and death play.”
If you fell in love with Anna Bond’s folksy-modern planners, stationery, and home goods back when Rifle Paper Co. launched in 2009, you’ll be happy to know art prints are still a big part of their offerings. You’ll find florals, whimsical quotes, travel-inspired city prints, and even a few animal-themed options among their pretty vast collection.
When Bed Bath & Beyond comes to mind, you probably don’t think of them for art. But at press time, this superstore had over 14,000 search results for “art print” online. They carry modern, trendy pieces by companies like Deny Designs, Oliver Gal, and Marmont Hill as well as their own exclusive offerings from in-house brands like Marmalade and Bee & Willow Home.
If one-of-a-kind, original works are what you’re after, Uprise Art is a good place to start your search. This online marketplace brings the gallery to you, carrying pieces that speak to different media, aesthetics, and price points. If you’re on a tighter budget, stick to the “Art Under $800” category, where offerings starting at just $80.
What are your favorite online sources for art?
Sarah M. Vazquez also contributed to reporting.