Sourcing Unique Art

One of the most common questions I get asked by friends and family is where to find good quality art at reasonable pricing. For some reason most of the art I see readily available is either really boring stock photography, tired beaten down reproductions (like Starry Night by Van Gogh or Water Lilies by Monet), or are just plain bad. So then where do normal individuals with good taste and limited budgets find decent unique pieces for their homes?

Many clients want beautiful pieces but don’t necessarily have the interest or pocketbook to acquire a serious collection*. So what do I do? Yes, I peruse the shelves of popular vendors (like West Elm, Anthropologie, Williams Sonoma, Horchow, etc) as well as some local showrooms but I also have a growing list of online resources that I turn to. Art is very personal so finding that one piece that speaks to you and that works well within a given space is sometimes a tricky affair. You might have to spend a good amount of time searching for that perfect piece but it definitely helps if you are looking in the right places.

These online shops are good places to start: Good luck with your search!

Dwell Studio

Prints are modern & abstract. Most start around $350 for smaller sizes and go up to about $1,500 for larger pieces. (medium – high price range)

DwellStudio-Indigo-Dot
Indigo Dot

 

Exhibition A

Founded by designer Cynthia Rowley, the pieces are contemporary, edgy, conceptual and avant garde. Signed limited editions by contemporary artists. Most sizes are very reasonably priced starting around $200 and reaching $500+ even for the larger prints (low – medium price range)

Alexandra Dreaming by Kon Trubkovich on Exhibition A
Alexandra Dreaming by Kon Trubkovich

 

From Le Cri III by Anne Lise Coste on Exhibition A
From Le Cri III by Anne Lise Coste

 

20 x 200

“It’s Art for Everyone”. As they claim, this is REAL fine art at affordable pricing. Pieces are conceptual and intellectually engaging but are also easy on the eyes, balanced and modern & work well within many different interiors. Prints are signed limited editions signed by the artists. Smaller formats are very affordable (ex: 16″ x 20″ $240) and larger formats quickly jump to typical fine art pricing (30″ x 40″ $2,400). (medium price range)

Poolside by Helena Wurzel on 20 x 200
Poolside by Helena Wurzel

 

Cemetery Rd, 3169-3327, Viewmont, NY by Pete Mauney on 20 x 200
Cemetery Rd, 3169-3327, Viewmont, NY by Pete Mauney

Zatista

If you are looking for one-of-a-kind pieces without the gallery prices this is a great resource. Though the overall aesthetic seems to be more commercial than the other shops I’ve listed here, if you dedicate some time you can find some great original pieces directly by the artist. Smaller formats can start as low as $100 and can go upwards of $3,000 depending on the medium and sizes. You must remember these are original pieces though, not prints like the others. (low – high price range)

Reflections by Margaret Biggs
Reflections by Margaret Biggs
Humble Chakra by Christina Massey  on Zatista
Humble Chakra by Christina Massey

 

 

Minted

If you’ve planned an event like a wedding or a baby shower you’re probably familiar with Minted.com for their beautiful and affordably priced stationary. Turns out they now also sell art prints! Beautifully curated (like their stationary) the site conveniently offers very affordable pricing, a wide range of sizes and the option to purchase framed or unframed. Starting at about $20 for 5″ x 7″ prints and around $325 for framed 30″ x 40″ prints.

Formation by Kelly Ventura
& I Love to Read by Niki Digrigorio

 

Little Paper Planes

Sells smaller prints at very affordable pricing. Pieces have a contemporary/psychedelic/hipster vibe. Not for everyone, but if you sift through the collection you’ll find some quirky unique gems. (low price range)

Pink Tectonics Print 3 by Amelia Midori Miller on Little Paper Planes
Pink Tectonics Print 3 by Amelia Midori Miller
Print 2 by Jazmin Berakha on Little Paper Planes
Print 2 by Jazmin Berakha
Print 2 by Jazmin Berakha - Close Up on Little Paper Planes
Print 2 by Jazmin Berakha – Close Up
* For those interested in fine art collecting (or window shopping), The Drawing Center‘ s Viewing Program (estab. in 1977 in SoHo, NYC) is a spectacular online Art Registry of curated works by emerging artists.  Be prepared to be impressed & intrigued.

 

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