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Like a wrinkle on a cover model’s face after 15 hours of retouching, good art is just VERY hard to find. It’s constantly the thing that holds us up the most when wrapping up a design of a house. Furniture needs to be functional and decorative, lighting should be functional and decorative, but art is PURELY decorative and because of that there is just such pressure for you to really love it. It’s insanely personal and can be so expensive, so often buying art can take years. Well, at least it used to.

Gone are the days of only buying expensive art from galleries or at auctions. We can now buy art, from our own sofa whilst watching Bravo …. if you know what websites to shop from, that is. So we did a bit (and by a bit we mean A TON) of research to collect all of the best online art resources for your purchasing pleasure (in no particular order).

Click through to see the whole EPIC roundup of online art resources …

Artfully Walls Roundup_Online Art

Artfully Walls: A ton of really good, diverse prints in many different sizes. No originals, but a lot of great prints and they frame them as well.

1. Lowery by Britt Bass Turner | 2. Andrew by Tali Yalonetzki |3. Fox Hill by Harry Stooshinoff | 4. Pink Cacti by Kate Roebuck | 5.  Venice, Italy by Sivan Askayo | 6.  Bird on a Black Background by Tali Yalonetzki | 7. Muffin Top by Britt Bass Turner | 8. History Lesson by Emily Rickard | 9. Sulpher Mountain by Tracy Zhang | 10. Sailboats by Jorey Hurley |11. A by Britt Bass Turner | 12. Kids on the Beach

 

Little Paper Planes Roundup_Online Art

Little Paper Planes: Less inventory, but some pretty prints that can get really large in scale.

1. cloud poster | 2. mountains and dunes | 3. foggy hills | 4. antlers | 5. flock of birds

Buddy Editions Roundup_Online Art

Buddy Editions: New to me, but I’m glad I found them. These are limited editions (in the 20×200 model) where the larger the print is the more limited it is, with prices from $50 – $500.

1. papillons | 2. lingerie | 3. italy beach | 4. floral |  5. watercolor abstract | 6. pink and white abstract  | 7. cacti study

Lost Art Salon Roundup_Online Art

This one I only learned about whilst doing research for this post and man, I’m so glad I found it. Its full of beautiful vintage art, and a ton of it. In cities or towns where you don’t have good flea markets, good vintage art can be a struggle to find, so welcome to your new resource.

1. ink boy | 2. watercolor and fabric lady | 3. red landscape  | 4. lady with blue hair | 5. sketch of woman | 6. abstract trees | 7. man sitting | 8. cityscape | 9. watercolor seascape | 10. lines watercolor 

Sugarlift Roundup_Online Art

Sugarlift: This site doesn’t have a ton, but I think it speaks to a certain demo that doesn’t get a lot of play on blog land.

1. Sewn Figures | 2. gilded cloudscape | 3.  talk bubble | 4. new yorker type

UGallery_Online Art

UGallery: Great resource for original and beautiful art, and the best part is free shipping and free returns.

1. April by Lesli Devito | 2. Organic by Gary Bruton | 3. A Good Day by Rodgers Naylor | 4. Marsh Clouds by Nancy Hughes Miller | 5. Abstract Landscape by Paul Kirley | 6. Air by Jennifer Hannaford

Vintage Printables_Online Art

Vintage Printables: Beautiful prints of vintage hand drawn botanicals and animals.

1. Rhino | 2. Botanical Print | 3. Eggs | 4. Birds Eye View | 5. Map | 6. Horse | 7. Lake Titicaca | 8. Couple Waltzing | 9. Botanical 

Saatchi Art_Online Art

Saatchi Art: A great resource of all ORIGINAL art. Is it cheap? Nope, but its original, by legitimately talented artists and one of a kind, so therefore worth every penny.

1. Man with Puppet | 2. Chicago Cityscape | 3. Almost Paradise | 4. Pool

Serena & Lily_Online Art

Serena & Lily Serena and Lily have long made and sold beautiful furniture and home accessories, but I’m really loving their art curation. Mostly originals and so many beautiful pieces (which is why I could barely narrow it down to 10).

1. The Bob Marshalls by John Bucklin| 2. Land IV by Karen Smidth | 3. Bluescape by Karen Smidth | 4. Moss Landing by Tom Yacoe| 5. Afternoon at Sea by Rob Delamater| 6. In a Pile by Jenny Prinn | 7. View to Shore by Rob Delamater | 8. Nude Watercolor by Rip Mattenson | 9. Across the Bay by Paul Peddula  |  10. Feather by Jenny Prinn

Minted_Online Art

Minted: A newer player in town, but they have curated a really great collection of prints in a lot of happy, easy to style colors and frames.

1. Blue Scribbles | 2. Soma Circles | 3. Abstract Pink Muted | 4. Arm in Arm | 5. Splendid Spring | 6. Behind the Shadows |

 

Art dot com_Online Art

Art.com: This one you really have to dig through, but there are some gems there if you do the work. Some classics (the men eating lunch) and a lot of newer more modern abstracts.

1. Pink Abstract | 2. Women with Masks | 3. Owl | 4. Grey Body | 5. Blue Abstract | 6. America at Night | 7. JFK Smoking | 8. Yellow Abstract | 9. Blue Haze | 1o. Lunch Break

Permanent Press_Online Art

Permanent Press: Weird graphic photographs of strange and iconic objects. I want that pencil box for Charlie’s room.

1. Pencils | 2. Two Combs | 3. Fat Free | 4. Rubber Bands | 5. Party Horns | 6. T-Bird | 7.  White Radio | 8. Picks

Dwell Studio_Online Art

DwellStudio: I love their furniture and accessories, and now their art kills it, too. Prints or reproductions of originals in pretty tasteful frames that go with a lot of different styles. I forgot to include this one which is one of my favorites.

1. Opera Singer | 2. Indigo Dot  | 3. Malta Grass | 4. Glacier | 5. Cobalt  | 6. Twin Peaks | 7.  Fuchsia Curve  | 8. Black Ink 

 

Raven Maps_Online Art

Raven Maps: HUGE maps of every state and country for incredibly inexpensive. Sure, the frame will cost you a fortune or you could get creative and do some sort of interesting DIY hanging situation. I have the Oregon one, because this girl is from that lovely state.

1. California | 2. Oregon | 3. Utah | 4. New York | 5. North America

Inalux_Online Art

Inalux: Fun Scandy style, mid-century inspired graphic prints to make your happy soul sing.

1. Atlas | 2. Composition | 3. Magnetic Field  | 4. Atlas 59 | 5. Blossom | 6. Atmosphere 

Tappan Collective_Online Art

Tappan Collective: Another artist collective that sells great art of all mediums and frames them for you, too. I have a few pieces from this site.

1. Nike | 2.  Collide and Combine |3. Good Morning | 4. Beaumont | 5. Agnes Martin | 6. Skogafoss | 7. Summer | 8. Dustcastles

 

Panteek_Online Art

Panteek: Antique prints of out of prints books for your country house.

1. Red Wildflowers | 2. Fountain Print | 3. Ship | 4. Birds | 5. Art Deco

20x200 Online Art2

20×200: This site kinda started it all years ago – it was the first online source for artists work. It’s mostly limited editions, of all mediums and I’ve certainly spent my fair share on this site for client’s homes.

1. Beach | 2. Airplanes | 3. Camel | 4. Brooklyn | 5. Frozen |6. Ferry | 7. Seascape 

Pure Photo_Online Art

Pure Photo: Intensely beautiful and high quality photographs that can be printed huge, and I mean HUGE. I love this one very much.

1. Steel Pylon | 2. Camera | 3. Cows | 4. Water | 5. Salt | 6. Horse

 

Citizen Atelier_Online Art

Citizen Atelier: New to me with some interesting pieces to help round out your gallery walls.

1. Alex | 2. Coogee Beach | 3. Tilda | 4. Angel

These Fine Walls_Online Art

These Fine Walls: A limited edition photography site. Some of it is a bit freaky, but I’m into it.

Monday Blues | Good Cake Drowning PrincessSelf Service

 

Etsy_Online Art

 

Etsy: One of the biggest/best resources for online art, although you have to of course sift through a ton of art because it’s not curated (anyone can sell). But there is just so much to choose from in every medium and both vintage and new. You can get lost for hours …

1. Bedroom Eyes | 2. MidCentury Print | 3. Long Abstract | 4. Mountains | 5. Athletic Woman | 6. Chairs | 7. Cityscape Collage | 8. Field with Girls | 9. Pink and Red Abstract | 10. Girl in Dress

Society6_Online Art

Society 6: This place has a very good roundup of prints at very affordable sizes. You do have to do a little bit of digging but there are some good artists at some very affordable prices. They also print everything in a variety of sizes and mediums so if you love something you could have it on a mug, a pillow, a throw, and on your wall, if thats your thing.

1. Close by Quibe | 2. Grand Budapest Hotel by Alison Dillon Art | 3. Street Walker by Kevin Russ | 4. Dive by Richard Vergez | 5. Yellow Van by Speakerine | 6. Evening in Poznan by Takmaj 7. Green Loves Blue by RK Design

Mammoth and Co_Online Art

Mammoth and Co.: They have a very well curated collection of limited edition prints which can be printed in various sizes and a few originals.

1. In a Handbasket to Hell by Victoria Ulrikke Iles | 2. Cobalt Teal by Taryn Coulsen | 3. Sideways Stack by Jordan Bushcer | 4. Ranch House by Conrad Crespin | 5. A Whiff of Blue and I Miss You by YT Tommy Lee | 6. Brownie by Jessica Brilli

 

Let me know what we are missing – not individual artists, but if there are any other shoppable websites that sell a variety of interesting art in any way, please leave in the comments and we’ll try to update the post if they are the right fit.

Meanwhile here are a few tips on buying art – go bigger. Skip those 8×10 prints because they are just too small to make an impact anywhere and when they are that small they look a bit generic. If it is a standard size then make sure that you can’t find a much less expensive frame at Ikea, Target or your local frame shop before you spend $800 on a 9×12 frame that they sell. And lastly, if you can, BUY ORIGINAL. I have a ton of prints, too, but if you have all prints, the collection doesn’t feel rounded out or full of integrity and it can look really young.

Lastly – don’t get freaked out by pricing – you are paying for YEARS of talent, training, and honing of vision. And whatever you do, don’t say ‘I could do that’ because you didn’t. Or If you can, then do, and hopefully you’ll join the ranks of all these talented artists who finally have an avenue to financial success (hopefully) through selling art online.

May all of our walls be less full of generic big box store art. Thanks, internet.

Fin Mark

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Suz

This is fabulous! Thank you soooo much. Saved me hours of research. And I love the pieces you selected.

NS

HOLY WOW. Emily!!!! this is stunning. thank you, thank you for all the work you’ve put into this.

As an artwork junkie forever on a budget I can’t thank you enough for this! Keep the art coming please!

Alyssa

This is amazing!!! Thank yo, Emily & team for doing this! I’m already eying a bunch of these.

Are you planning on doing an updated version of this post? http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/best-ready-made-picture-frames-and-how-to-frame-them/ Or do you think a lot of that info still stands? I reference it all the time, but some of the images and links are broken. Would love to know if you have any new go-to’s for framing!

Also what about eBay? Have you ever bought any vintage art from there?

Emily

YES! I will do an update post on that – it pains me so much to have broken links of old good posts. So sorry. YES to Ebay – harder to curate because things sell so fast, but I do buy art there, too!

Sarah

Yes please to frames!!!!

Emily,
On the subject of framing, please do consider our company, Simply Framed (www.simplyframed.com) on the updated Frames post. We make it affordable and super easy to have your art custom framed from home so you get a gallery look at a great price. See Orlando’s living room here: http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/subtle-updates-at-orlandos/
Many works, especially from this great group of art sites, deserve more than ready-mades! xx

Sandy

This is a great list! Thank you!

I second that! Would love an updated framing post! Need to get some of my prints and large scale photos framed and not sure where to start with good classy options! Ps. Love this post as well!!!

Emily

YES! I will do an update post on that – it pains me so much to have broken links of old good posts. So sorry. YES to Ebay – harder to curate because things sell so fast, but I do buy art there, too!

Victoria

I love these sources, thank you for all the research. Would you mind checking the link for the one you like on Pure Photo. It takes me back to the lovely red headed woman from Dwell. I really one to see which one you love.
For those who live in the LA area the annual Photo LA which is in January, open to the public for a small fee, will make you wish for a money tree. Work, new and vintage from all over and many times you find the artist there.

Rachel

This is wonderful! A great selection in art and price. Thanks so much for putting this together!

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Thanks so much for this post, Em! These are great resources and I’ve bookmarked almost all of them for future design projects. I always appreciate your transparency with design sources. Even if people know where you shop, they don’t have your eye to pull it all together. I think that shows real confidence in what you do! Kudos.

nasseem

I have to second this comment. It is so frustrating when designers/stylists with blogs refuse to divulge any resources, for the reason that “this is what my clients pay for and it wouldn’t be fair.” BS. Your clients pay for the one-on-one experience, hand holding, hours of direct input, etc., etc. Thanks, Emily, for bringing your wisdom to the masses!

Emily

You are very welcome. xx

marie

This is great! But the link in the description for the piece you love at pure photo is the same as the dwell studio one.

Emily

AH! Just fixed. Its this one by Mike Kelley http://www.purephoto.com/MikeKelley/art/80930#.VOOqAWTF-cI

Cynthia

Emily, you and your team are truly amazing. This was an incredible gift to your fans and people everywhere. ART makes the home. It’s that simple. I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments about SIZE. It changes everything. I have several VERY large original abstract pieces (5′ x 5′) and I did not even frame them. They look totally awesome hung as-is. Also, I know you will try to find out who I am and where I live when I tell you I actually have one of those giant papier mache masks in my library. It is from a carnival in Italy circa 1970s featuring the current heads of state. Mine is Anwar Sadat, though I didn’t know it when I bought it. I found it in a vintage shop in SF and had it shipped and the specs gave all the details of provenance, etc. It is so cool sitting on a chair, a bespectacled man overlooking all the bookshelves. Have a great day!

Emily

What an amazing comment. THANK YOU. Also that papier mache sounds amazing!!

This is awesome! I need more original art–we’re lucky enough to have a few pieces, but biting the bullet on other’s hasn’t happened yet.

Just a heads up, the ‘Pool’ in Saatchi Art is linked incorrectly!

Abby
happyfoodhappyhome.com

Lori

Love, love, love this! I became obsessed with art because of you and now I shop a lot. I love the sites that sell prints. Some day, I hope to be able to afford originals, but in the meantime, I love buy prints of pieces I love (and because I buy them from artists instead of, say, Ikea, I feel like I’m still supporting artists).

When I go on vacation now, my souvenirs are either a piece of art or a piece of jewelry. They are useful and beautiful reminders.

Lori

Oh, and I wanted to note that I do buy originals when I can, but large-scale stuff is beyond my reach right now.

Reb

I love you so much for this. Truly, madly, deeply.

Emily

🙂

Tanja

Thank you so much for this post! You guys provide more reader service than most design magazines do, and these are the kinds of posts that keep me coming back. Well, plus the room inspirations, styling techniques….my list goes on.Love that you empower people to be creative and not rely on the most recent catalog or big box to decorate every room.

Emily

Yeah. THANK YOU.

heather

Wow. Thank you Emily and Team! This was a TON of work (obviously)…and the end result was a wonderful post (seriously – I think one of your best). This one is being bookmarked for resources. I am so grateful for this. THANK YOU!!!

Joanna

I have the huge California map and am happy with the framing I got done and wanted to share if anyone else is trying to figure out what to do with a bigass map. I took it to Michael’s with a 60% off custom framing coupon, and they matted it onto foam board, and then did a simple wood frame around the edge. So there’s no glass, which would have been the part that would cost a fortune, and it’s really lightweight to hang/move around. I’ve had it in our house for probably 6 years now and have had no issues with it.

Emily

Do you remember how much that was? Thats pretty awesome and such a good idea. Not everything needs glass, for sure.

Joanna

I want to say it came to about $200-$250, because it’s so, so big. So the whole piece of art was under $300, which is so cheap for a whole wall-sized piece.

This is resource is being saved for life! Thank you for all the hard work on this and then sharing with us.

Hi Emily,

I’m in the process of buying art for my walls right now, and I really appreciate this post! A lot of resources that I was unaware of.

The link to number 9 “Blue Haze” at Art.com is incorrect. Any chance you could direct me to the artwork you included in the your collage? It is perhaps my favorite of all the ones you posted.

Emily

Shoot, We’ll get on it. THANKS and sorry 🙁

Janet

WOW! Love this … This will keep me busy for the rest of 2015 …THANK you!

Deb

I’ve been looking for a big piece of art to hang above my new bed, and thanks to you and your crew, I found it!!! So appreciate this list of resources and will keep it handy by my computer. Now let’s see what else I can find….

Michelle

This is awesome, Emily! I have about 18 tabs of awesome art open and I’m so excited to buy some stuff! (My husband – the saver – will be less excited). Thanks for this post! Awesome!

Michelle

Just reread my comment. I really like the words “awesome” and “excited” as evidenced by my overuse!

Emily

That’s hilarious. And awesome. I’m so excited you commented 🙂

What a fantastic roundup, I will definitely be bookmarking this for future use…!!

I’m surprised UGallery isn’t on this list. Especially since you did a sponsored post from them- perhaps you didn’t like their art a such as it seemed in the post.

Emily

OHHHHHH NOOO. I knew we forgot one. We are rounding them up now. shoot. Thanks for the reminder. xx

Thanks, Emily. We’re thrilled to be on the list! And LOVE your selections.
-Charlotte at UGallery

Kristine

Thanks for the fantastic resources! Agreed, so many GREAT artists out there. You have amazing taste in art! Time to go shopping…uh, I need more walls!

Jess

Great post. Bravo!

wow, I have to bookmark everything and visit all that sites! great post, thank you!

So. Much. Art. This is amazing. Thanks for the resource!

Katherine

Wow, this is so incredibly helpful! THANK YOU!

meera

thank you ! thank you ! fabulous list

Nita

I love your art choices so a HUUUUGE thanks to you for doing this post

Sam

You can also buy maps from USGS, you know, that government agency that makes maps for us, fo free.

Sam

And by buy I mean get. This is why I never post online, I always blow it!

Karen

This is amazing!! Thank you!

One source I didn’t see listed is 1xRun. I’ve bought a few things from them and love them all. Based in Detroit and it’s limited edition, one of a kind art, that is usually affordable. Similar to 20×200 which I am so glad is back after their hiatus!!

http://1xrun.com

Emily

I’ve never heard of them, so thank you. We’ll check them up out and then update the post!

Alessandra

Emily, this is wonderful!
Thank you so much for including Citizen Atelier in your beautiful curated roundup…I’m truly honored! I absolutely love your blog and aesthetic.
Made my day!

Lynn

Just want to add my agreement with everyone above — love this post! Art makes the room!

Michelle

I have used this resource a few times – http://20×200.com/
They went away for a while but are back with wonderful affordable limited edition prints

Emily

Yep. They are up there! it was so weird that they disappeared. I was so confused and wondered if they go bought or sued or something .. so curious, but glad they are back!

THANK YOU. What an epic resource! The list just kept going and going and GOING. So amazing, thank you!

Maria

Awesome post, this is such a great resource!

Kelsey

how did you know that I needed this post today!!! I picked up a school house electric print today that I had framed at a local framer and couldn’t seem to leave the building as all the original artwork adorning the walls were screaming at me…”buy me! buy me!” quick question on framing…I recently purchased the U.S. map from School House(similar to your Oregon map) and have been recommended to mount it on foam core, behind plexi, with the hefty price tag of over $600..how did you frame your Oregon map?

Emily

It was mounted on foam core, with plexi for $300 BUT I got an insane deal, probably around 50% off. A commenter above said that they went to Michaels with a 60% off coupon and they mounted it with a really simple wood frame and no plexi and she made it sound cheap, although didn’t say how much. I think that sounds smart, because I don’t think this needs plexi necessarily and that is often what is so expensive.

Kelsey

thank you thank you!!!

Sonja B

You’ve been busy — another great post. Thank you.

Would love to see something similar with wallpaper.

SLG

Oh Emily, this is why I love you. I recommend you to all my friends. I will give you as much web traffic as I can. 🙂

Emily

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Honestly, that is the best thing you can do for us. thank you.

kelly

Oh Emily!! Art is sooooo hard to buy and then you have to make sure you really love it and its always more money than you think and… YOU JUST totally made the world of ART better today with this post. Love you!!

Nicole

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

I aspire to be those adults with beautiful pieces of art that serve as conversation starters, while sipping on martinis and feeling oh so cultured! Like a scene from “Mad Men” minus the sexual tension.

Such a great list! As an artist, I work with several of the places you mentioned above to offer prints of my artwork. For originals, a great option is Vango (they have a unique simplified pricing system, too). https://www.vangoart.co 🙂

Emily

Ooh, interesting. I’ll check them out for sure. Thanks!

Wow, this is amazing Emily & team!!! Thanks for your great work. So helpful.

rachelle bell

This is incredible. Going in my archive of best posts ever to be referenced in the future.

great art roundup! I recently moved into a new home and have a LOT of white wall space to fill. def glad I came across this post.
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