I always tell people, and tell myself, that original artwork is what makes a home your own. The catch is that it often comes with a high price tag, and while student art fairs and flea markets are a great bet for affordable artwork, they'll also take a fair amount of time to visit. If you feel like your walls need artwork to feel "finished" and you need it now, here are a few great resources for affordable artwork that you can order from directly online.
- At this point, you must have heard of 20x200. The online retailer introduces at least two new limited-edition pieces per week, including one photo and one work on paper. Each of these images is available in three sizes. The smallest size is reprinted in the largest batch, at 200 prints, and sold at the lowest price – $20, and the collection includes a range of styles.
- New York-based online gallery The Working Proof releases a new limited-edition print by emerging and established artists each week. Mediums include digital prints, giclee, linocuts, screen prints, and mixed media pieces, and prices seem to range from $30 to $100. Each print is paired with a charity of the artist's choice, and 15 percent of all sales from the piece benefit the chosen cause. Continue reading to find out two more!
- Urban Outfitter's print shop Society6 features hundreds of designs that you can have turned into an art print ($25 to $55, depending on size), a laptop skin ($30), or an adornment for your iPod ($15). The offerings are incredibly extensive, ranging from graffiti-inspired artwork to illustrations, photography, and typography-focused prints. (Dipsie Series 001 / 01 is shown at left.)
- Digital artist Justin Belmont's online store, Not a Gallery, offers substantial works of art he's created using the latest imaging and printing technologies. All pieces are limited edition and individually signed and numbered. Not a Gallery has three dozen collections, including celebrity mug shots, The Royal Tenenbaums-inspired works, pop-inspired vintage packaging, and nautical, seaside-themed pieces. They're priced by the inch from $270 and up and are available in six different sizes. Belmont's works are dry-mounted to 2-inch deep birch wood frame and shipped ready to hang. (Belmont's Starry Night is shown at right.)