Art Acquisition for the Savings Inclined

Art Acquisition for the Savings Inclined

Jessica Tata
Dec 29, 2009

Acquiring a collection of beautiful artwork doesn't have to break the bank. 2009 presented a wealth of gorgeous and original pieces that are attainable on the average income. The range of imagery presents something for almost any taste, and most of these works ring in at $100 or less!

We saw some recurring themes this year. Animals--specifically birds--played center stage, it seems, while botanical and scientific prints were abound. Photographs of interiors as well as paintings of rooms and homes were of great interest. We loved the focus on typography (as self-proclaimed typophiles) and can't help but love the machines that create type! (We not only have a vintage typewriter, we have prints of them as well...) Check out some of the best pieces we posted about from city to city, and perhaps pick up a new piece for your collection!

First Row
1 Holga photographs of the South The Gallery: Susana Raab
2 A selection of photography that won't break the bank 20 Affordable Photographers: Art You Can Afford via Photojojo
3 One of the oldest working letterpress printers in the US Hatch Show Prints and Anthropologie
4 Galleries and artists in LA that cater to first-time collectors Affordable Los Angeles Art & Art Galleries
5 A roundup of attainable winter-themed artwork Affordable Art for a Winter Mood

Second Row
1 A great source for antique prints of all kinds Antique Botanical Prints From Panteek
2 Creating your own large-scale posters Affordable Posters: Design them Yourself
3 Print editions of antique artwork Antique Anatomy Prints from Transmission Atelier
4 Customizable artwork based on floral and graphic textile design Amy Butler Custom Wall Art
5 Ryan Berkley's amazing animal illustration Berkley Illustration Prints

Third Row
1 Graphic homages to modern classic furniture design The Gallery: Matt Mills from Nicely Drawn
2 Paintings of beautiful interiors Artist Spotlight: Janet Hill's Roomscapes
3 Deconstructed birds and pixelated painting Frank Gonzales Paintings
4 Serigraph prints of typography House Industries Affordable Typographic Prints
5 Alternative charts and graphs as art Information Prints from HistoryShots: Art for Nerds The Gallery

Fourth Row
1 Beautiful collection of state bird prints Etsy Find: State Bird Prints from Dutch Door Press
2 A roundup of typewriter prints that we love Typewriter Prints
3 Ready to hang prints on wood Wood Block prints from House Industries
4 Colorful, graphic imagery The Gallery: Prints and Paintings by Jenn Ski
5 Unique paintings on Red Elm Tree Ring Paintings by Tracy Melton

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