original art resource; Cureeo.com

Remember that time when I used my readers for all their art knowledge? Yeah, thanks for that. I spent the weekend clicking on all your links, going back and forth with artists, commissioning items, trying to buy originals, failing, making some mistakes, etc. I felt VERY grown up. Kinda like Charlotte’s job as a gallery owner in “Sex in the City,” but without the money, pearls, prudishness, and Upper East Side beautiful apartment. Also, I know VERY little about art. I know what looks cool and that’s about it.


I love how “arty” she is supposed to look in her black pants suit.

I think she should probably look more like this guy, right?

eccentric artist

I’m assuming that he grooms his cat with his own tongue, because that’s what eccentric artists do. I’m sure of it.

Well I’ve written about the best online art resources for prints, and affordable (almost) art round-ups from Etsy before, but finding originals has been trickier. That’s why I think I gravitate towards vintage paintings — one of a kind pieces that I can actually afford.

Good original art is EXPENSIVE, as it should be. Like being an expert at anything, a good artist creates something that us non-artists can’t and a I’m a massive fan of not under valuing people (probably because as a designer I get undervalued constantly). But I also have a small-ish budget since our goal this year is to buy a house.

So, I wanted to share a new source that I didn’t know about for original art. Thanks to some of my commenters for letting me in on this one.

Curreeo:  Original Art, Understood.

You can search by style, price, medium, size, shape, and color. They do have some that aren’t originals, but those are normally photographs and very limited editions.

original art

 Otherwise they are all originals, like this one by Leanne Grimes. 14 x 11 x 2 for $550 abstract painting

I know that $550 isn’t nothing, but it’s also not gallery prices.

And there are some that are really inexpensive, like this 4 x 4 mixed media piece by JP Gardner for $75.

mixed media

The whole site is worth perusing. No, it’s not cheap, but it’s more curated than Etsy so it doesn’t take quite so long to get through. There are just so many prints out there, but I’ve found to be the biggest challenge with clients is finding original artwork. Having more and more sites that sell originals in a curated way makes my life wayyy easier.

I like this piece by Nate Otto, 24 x 18 f0r $490, which I think is a decent price for an original painting in that size. If you frame this you could add at least a foot to each dimension and then it becomes a serious piece.

abstract art

Or this 14 x 22 drawing by Robert Otto Epstein, for $710 (Oh, and all pricing includes shipping).

robert epstein

UPDATE:  Cureeo saw this post and is offering any reader 10% off from now til March 31st, with the code ‘love2style’.  Why, thank you Cureeo.  :) I hope your artists get some business out of this post.

I’m not sure what is up with 20×200 and why their site is still asking us to “stay tuned.” But meanwhile, do you have any art resources or artists that you want to share? A lot of you already left comments in Friday’s post, but in case you didn’t, it’s show and tell time … Man, I love the interwebs.

  1. Alex

    Hi Emily. I’m really into Artsicle. I like the whole ‘rent to buy’ concept, esp since original art is such a major investment. There’s a real comfort in being able to live with it before taking the plunge. I also like their mission statement to make ‘full time artist’ a more viable profession. Also, their collection is just awesome. Which, at the end of the day, is really what it’s all about.

    • Emily

      OOH, i’ve never heard of this. This might be amazing for me, especially since i have such ADD. Checking it out right now. Thanks!

    • Emily

      OH yeah, sooo pretty. I just pinned. They look expensive but so beautiful and totally worth it.

  2. Katharine

    My sister’s friend has some really cool paintings that aren’t super expensive http://teilduncan.com/

    • Emily

      Yep, Katharine. I just clicked and they are really really pretty. I’m curious what not super expensive is like, because they are sooo pretty and look so time consuming. But i think they would be beautiful commissioned portraits…..right?

      • Katharine

        Oh yes. I think she charges between $1.25 and $2.00 per square inch

  3. We couldn’t be more thrilled than to be noticed by you Emily! We believe there is great art out there for reasonable prices and we work hard to tease it out! We are inspired by stories like Herb & Dorthy, where people built noteworthy collections by purchasing pieces that were only 100’s of dollars. It can be done! You just have to know where to go!

    I want to give your readers a special discount – Love2Style – for 10% off of any order before March 31st!

    Also, we give our artists the majority of sales and by using the filters, users can filter by Under $250 ($) and Under $500 ($$).

    Have a great day!

  4. Dawn

    My cousin John does some lovely still life and landscape pieces. He likes to play with light, so his art has a moody quality that’s compelling. Check out http://jpost217.fineartstudioonline.com/

  5. Hi Emily. I “tweeted” to you on this too, but a couple of really fun artists from my part of the US– Tim Nyberg and Melvin McGee. If you google, you’ll find them. One of my favorite Tim Nyberg’s is “Madonna & Child”; Melvin McGee’s imagination is just so incredible. Look them up and let us know what you think! :)

  6. I, like you, gravitate towards vintage art pieces that I can afford. However, I’ve also found that buying art from art students is also quite affordable. Most art colleges, or even just colleges with art programs, have a yearly show to show off what they’ve made. Sure some of the artists are still finding their voice, but you can find some gems. Plus, by buying their art early in their career, I think it helps to encourage these young artists along their path. Choosing to be an artist for a living, is not an easy decision.
    Also, a friend of mine does fantastic work, http://www.jeromelagarrigue.com/ It’s not cheap, but his work is strong. If you ever have a client willing to invest, his work is incredible.

  7. Sarah

    I just saw a post on Design*Sponge for art work at Leif. It looks really beautiful and there are some great original pieces for a reasonable price… http://www.leifshop.com/collections/art

  8. check out the genre Outsider Art……….art by untrained, often people with disabilities, also incorporates folk art. Here are some California gallery names: Ames Gallery , Berkeley, Ca.—–Just Folk, Summerland , Ca. —- Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland,Ca. One of my favorite, Pure Vision Arts, N.Y.C. All have web sites, and fantastic work at very reasonable prices. Some recognized artists bring high prices, but there are so many others. These people are creating art for their own pleasure, not for value. There are more galleries that specialize in the genre all across the country.

  9. I make and sell beautiful art, and it might be just what you’re looking for!!!!!


    I create art out of recycled paper, acrylic paint, ink, old books and other found objects, and the occasional sprinkle of glitter (obviously). There’s lots of typography and text (some hand-written with pen and ink; some cut out of paper). It’s definitely affordable, but also completely original and one-of-a-kind (no prints made or sold, ever!). I’d love to know what you guys think :)

  10. I second David’s recommendation for Outsider Art. There is a lot of fantastic original art to be found on the web, but it can be intimidating if you don’t know where to begin. I find Etsy completely overwhelming in scope and underwhelming in overall quality of the art, but that’s just me. ;-)

    My own art blog, Artsy Forager features tons of fabulous artists whose work is usually ( but not always, sometimes I have expensive taste ) affordable. Artsy Forager will be launching its first online exhibition & sale, City Mouse | Country Mouse ( http://artsyforager.com/2013/01/24/found-city-mouse-country-mouse/ ) this Thursday, 2/21 in the Found Gallery on the site. All the work featured in Found will be small, affordable originals or small run limited editions. I think you’d especially love the work of Christina Baker, one of the artists featured in the show! ( http://christinabaker.net )

    Hope you’ll check out the show & Christina’s work!
    PS– I also offer art finder services, if you’re ever interested. ;-)

  11. EPS

    I second isadora’s comment, art student work is a total bargain, especially if you’re looking for larger pieces. In fact, my favorite piece in my whole art collection (such as it is) was made by a high school senior. She was thrilled that someone that she didn’t know bought her piece!

  12. Hi Emily,
    Thought you might like to check out my contemporary textile art – I stitch beautiful wool on to canvas, theyr’e fun artworks to brighten any space! http://www.janedenton.co.nz

  13. Lane

    Hi Emily,

    I missed this call for artists the other day but wanted to tell you about my step-cousin-in-law (seriously). He’s really good and very up and coming (won some awards and gotten some grants–maybe too successful now to be included as inexpensive? Although none of his friends know he’s an artist which is totally weird) but thought I’d let you know about him: http://louiswatts.com/
    Each piece takes like 9 months or something. I don’t talk to him that much because, after all, he is my step-cousin-in-law…

  14. Jackie

    I love buysomedamnart.com…every week a new artist is featured. I think there are only 6 artists at a time so it’s not too overwhelming to go through, and really well curated.

  15. Alex

    Check out the work of Ryan Ives- ryanives.net

    beautiful limited edition prints and photographs

  16. Liz

    Great post. Love the Leanne Grimes piece featured. I am obsessed with PurePhoto: http://www.purephoto.com. VERY WELL curated site representing photographers from all over the world: some famous and some lesser known. Have bought some really neat abstract pieces that I love to look at while sipping cocktails in my living room!

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  18. Kirsten Elizabeth Gilmore

    Don’t give up on etsy artists yet. :) Many shops like mine sell only originals, in a variety of sizes and price points. You can easily find or commission something unique for $50-250. http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaintingsByKEGilmore

  19. Grace

    These links are great!

    Here are some of my original gouaches (not prints) of Austin, New England, San Francisco, etc.

  20. Carrie

    My friend Marisa Dukowitz is an artist/stylist and makes amazing masks out of recycled materials, awesome 3D option. http://Www.marisadukowitz.com

  21. I am impressed, I have to say. Actually

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