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I think that art collecting gets a bad rap. It's understandable to envision dropping thousands on valuable pieces, only to have to hold your breath every time someone comes over or brushes past them. But lucky for all of us mere mortals, this doesn't have to be the case! There are a ton of beautiful and affordable art pieces out there, you just need to know where to look. That's why we've dug through some Marketplace gems to find some of our favorite pieces to kickstart both your collection and art appreciation.
Paintings and Prints
Let's start with the "traditional" pieces. If you're looking to get the biggest bang for your buck, the modern art collection pictured above ($150) would look just as nice displayed individually as they do in a group. This 1960's graphic pop art piece ($125) would be a bright and playful addition to any home, as would this gallery-wrapped acrylic abstract ($350). Want a dose of authentic pop culture? This 1978 Met Opera poster of Tristan and Isolde ($100) combines modern art with a one-of-a-kind design. And don't feel limited with what you can display! This seller has a great selection of antique lithographs and charts that'll be guaranteed conversation starters in your space.
Mixed Media Works
Mixed media art is perfect for when you're ready to move beyond flat works, or just want to bring some variety to your gallery wall. Wood offers a nice boost of texture: the original mahi-mahi piece pictured above ($250) is a playful nod to the sea, and this handcrafted modern art ($95) was carefully made using new and reclaimed wood scraps. Woven works offer similar natural vibes, as seen with this vintage weaving ($70) and collection of baskets made by South African Zulu women out of telephone wire ($20 each). But to really make an impact, this 1970's atomic-era metal wall hanging really takes the cake ($175).