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 get 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. So go grab a cup of joe, take a seat and start browsing.
This site, 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.
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 x 5 to 54 x 40.
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 x 14 frame or smaller — but the prices are very reasonable, starting at only $15.
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20x200 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 x 18 framed print for $50.
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 40x60 — to suit any space.
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.
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.
Choose your style and then sort by price. This fine art website has quite a few mid-range offerings, as well as a limited-edition print site where prints can be had for less than $100.
Art finder allows you to buy art directly from artists all over the world, with many pieces under $500.
What are your favorite online sources for art?
Re-edited from a post originally published 2.21.2013 - N.M.