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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 Art

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.

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  1. 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?

    1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. {insert applause emoji here}

    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.

    1. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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.

      1. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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….

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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!

    1. 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!

  17. 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?

    1. 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.

  18. 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!!

  19. 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.

  20. Emily, this is so great!! Thank you for the very thorough post–I’m from NYC so love seeing some local representation with Brooklyn-based Sugarlift!

  21. Emily, thanks so much for including my piece Splendid Spring in this post! You are such a design genius, so it’s quite the honor to have my painting on your blog! Have a fabulous day!

  22. Thank you so very very much for this wonderful list. I’ve been going over and over it, finding things I want and other things I can actually afford.

  23. Well la-ti-da me! I have been collecting works over the last 8 years ago from several of the artists you’ve selected here in the post; Harry Stooshinoff (I found him on etsy and love his “painterly hand” and SO affordable!), Inalux, Christian Chaize and Sharon Montrose. 20×200 is really what got me going and my walls are so happy! Me too. Three cheers for supporting artists! Great post.

  24. Great post Emily. Another online gallery you might consider is the newly launched BrushTreasures.com, specializing in one of a kind, original paintings by international artists, at every price point.

  25. These are fantastic! I think one major incredible site that you missed is DENY Designs: http://www.denydesigns.com/ This place is a haven for creatives looking to enhance their space! What I love about DENY is that you can choose from their 9,000+ designs and get them as a canvas, a duvet cover, coffee mug, throw pillow, even a desk. Talk about living and breathing art!

  26. I think most people echoed what I am going to write – thank you! I love to search Etsy but there are some great new sources here that I haven’t scoped out before so this is great. We have a few pieces of original art and I’d like to add a few more. My Mom’s best friends Mom was an artist and I’m fortunate to have a few of her smaller works in our home. I do struggle with buying original art online so I’m always trying to hit up art festivals and craft fairs to see artists in person – plus making that connection with the artist is so fun.

  27. This is the BEST roundup ever! I love ogling at beautiful art and this opens up some really affordable options. Thank you for sharing this!

  28. Awesome! I have been looking for interesting art but didnt know where to start…thank you for making my ‘wildest dreams come true’ to quote Napoleon Dynamite!!

  29. BEST BEST post Miss Em, and expensive!!! Been shopping online, BTW, for your sponsors and your info, I have bought many things showcased on your blog, so its not just US readers, Australia here. Thank you for the brilliant work.

  30. oh man, this post is like a feast. can’t wait to dig in and pass this link along to friends who are gettin’ hungry for art 😉 i always love the art in the spaces you design + how everything works together. thank you for taking the time to compile this!

  31. LOVE this roundup. Thanks! I see a lot of Internet surfing in my very near future 🙂

    As a watercolor realism painter, though, I feel I must defend prints. My pieces take anywhere from 1 to 3 months to complete. That leaves me with very few finished paintings per year, many of which can not be sold because I’m entering them in competitions in order to achieve membership in the various watercolor societies. If I didn’t sell prints, I’d have almost NO income from my work. I also scan and produce my own prints on 100% cotton rag fine art paper, so one would be hard pressed to tell that they are not the real thing. High quality prints can and should still be a part of anyone’s fine art collection. (And Saatchi does sell reproductions on both paper and canvas; I have a collection there, with no originals)

  32. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SWEET EMILY for including me and my “APRIL” painting in your UGALLERY round up…you inspire me…and make me smile on a regular basis…and today…you made my day!!!!

  33. I join the list of Thank You’s. I am blown away with all of the work you did to provide and, beautifully present, this info. I love everything you do! You are inspiring. Hello from Portland, Or.

  34. Such a great resource, thanks for the post! One place that I think you didn’t mention but that I would recommend is http://papirmass.com/ – not a huge selection, as they focus on just 1 artist a month for the monthly subscription service (and then sell prints individually too), but I have gotten so many weird/wonderful prints since I signed up! AND even though it’s prints it feels original because it’s limited editions and unknown artists.

  35. Another newish kid on the block- (also San Francisco based) Vango . https://www.vangoart.co/ – there’s an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you actually see what the piece will look like on your wall. Easy to scroll through. Some very reasonably priced original work, and free shipping.
    I show my work there and also UGallery. Each have their strengths from as artist’s point of view.
    Great list with some new ones I hadn’t heard about before.

  36. This is an awesome article Emily! I’m excited to explore all of these sites! Another great source for online artwork is Charleston Artist Collective! They have all original artwork that is mostly all under $500 and new works go up at the beginning of each month. They also donate a percentage to a local charity, which makes buying the artwork even more rewarding! Have a look: http://www.charlestonartistcollective.org

  37. Hurray for online art sources! I’m the founder of Buy Some Damn Art, an online gallery featuring relatively affordable (mostly under $1,000) original art by young and underexposed artists. BSDA grew out of my obsession for discovering art online back in the mid 2000’s when I was out of school and was saving up to buy a few pieces of art for my apartment.

  38. Ms. Henderson:

    I recently noticed on pg. 44 of the Sept. BetterHomes&Gardens issue, in the bottom left-hand corner, a painting/sketch of an Irish Setter on a wall behind items you were exhibiting. It looked like the sketch was not for sale itself, but would you have ANY idea where I might obtain a copy of it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you,

    N. Eagan

  39. As the Artist Representative for my artist, Ryan Douglas Jacque, I found your summary of online sales channels extremely simple, informative and useful. Selling beautiful orignal art means constantly researching to find new markets and new opportunities that best serve your type of art. Many thanks!
    Linda

  40. This is great! Online art galleries are popping up all the time. Most are good, but most of them work just the same. The only one I’ve seen that has done something different and has popped up recently is http://happypatron.com. They have a promise to fund at least one art workshop for an underprivileged child for every print they sell. They also use eco-friend materials to create their fine art prints. The Happy Patron Fine Art Print gallery has pledged to be an entirely new model of sustainable online art. Emily, check it out!