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: 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: Less inventory, but some pretty prints that can get really large in scale.
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.
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: 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.
UGallery: Great resource for original and beautiful art, and the best part is free shipping and free returns.
Vintage Printables: Beautiful prints of vintage hand drawn botanicals and animals.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Permanent Press: Weird graphic photographs of strange and iconic objects. I want that pencil box for Charlie’s room.
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.
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.
Inalux: Fun Scandy style, mid-century inspired graphic prints to make your happy soul sing.
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.
Panteek: Antique prints of out of prints books for your country house.
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.
Pure Photo: Intensely beautiful and high quality photographs that can be printed huge, and I mean HUGE. I love this one very much.
Citizen Atelier: New to me with some interesting pieces to help round out your gallery walls.
These Fine Walls: A limited edition photography site. Some of it is a bit freaky, but I’m into it.
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 …
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.: 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.