Breathing new life into your living or workspace with fresh artwork is lots of fun, but really, who has the time or the dime to go trawling through every art gallery out there? Thankfully, online art galleries and print makers are an excellent – and often well-priced – source for those who are looking for something eye catching and original. Whether you’re into photography, graphic prints or original artworks, here are our top picks for buying art online, featuring artists from Australia and all over the world. Read on to find the perfect piece for your bachelor(ette) pad.
Canvas & Canvas
Canvas & Canvas are on a noble mission: to save the world from sad walls. There are over 300 different artworks to choose from, each piece is hand painted and they do a limited print run of 99 for each design. While most of the designs in the online art store are already lovely and bright, you are able to customise your print by altering the hue and the saturation of each image via their website. If you’re curious about how the piece will look hanging in your place, Canvas & Canvas have a free iPhone app, Happy Wall, which allows you to adjust the colours to match your interior. The prints are created using a mix of oil and acrylic paints on canvas, they come in four different sizes, and are highly affordable.
TW Fine Art
The idea at TW Fine Art is that great art is for everyone, regardless of your financial situation or the time you have to hunt around. The online gallery is a no-brainer for buying art online, featuring over 250 hand-selected artworks chosen by owner Tove Langridge, an experienced artist, curator and director of both public and private collections in New York City. It’s safe to say, you’re in some pretty capable hands. TWFA features 30 international artists, with prices beginning at just $75. There are four sizes to choose from for each print, and artworks range from drawing, to painting and photography. TW Fine Art prints, frames, and couriers the artwork to your door anywhere in Australia in 7 days, all you have to do is click your mouse.
The Artwork Stylist
Sisters Amy and Sara Chamberlain know a thing or two about interiors, as the duo are also the founders of The Real Estate Stylist. The Artwork Stylist brings together the stylist, designers, photographers, local printers and quality framers to give you exceptional artwork to suit your home sweet home. Online art shoppers can choose from their stunning photographic or graphic art pieces, and they can be assured of exclusivity, as only 50 prints of each image are made. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The accessible, gallery-quality art is stylish and intriguing enough to suit your home or office, because who wants blank walls when you can have this.
The March Collective
Brooke Marsh and Anoushka Schollay both agree that any interior can be complemented, enriched and transformed by the perfect piece of art. With prints starting at $40, they are very reasonably priced, and the selection is both playful and imaginative. If you have a specific idea how you would like the artwork framed, The March Collective can either print the artwork for you on paper, on a stretched canvas, or have the stretched canvas framed. Also excellent news if you want to spruce up your children’s rooms—The March Collective have a selection of vibrant child-appropriate prints that will liven up their living space.
Specialising in supporting emerging artistic talent, Magnus Collective is the place to look for fresh online art buys. This Melbourne-based online art gallery helps young and talented artists break into the art world, by taking out the middle men of marketing and self-promotion. What’s really wonderful about the artwork here is that they’re all original one-offs, so no one else will have the same piece as you. The talent represented in the Magnus Collective is exceptional and they’re only going to grow as artists, so who knows, this could be an excellent investment in more ways than one.
Signed & Numbered
Since 2010, Signed & Numbered have been selling their limited edition prints from both emerging and established artists, with creatives heralding from Australia and beyond. With two bricks and mortar stores in Melbourne (CBD and Prahran), they stock a range of print mediums to suit your personal style and purpose, whether you’re after screen prints, gocco prints, etchings, digital, wood block, letterpress or lino prints. Interestingly, Signed & Numbered features print works from many prominent Australian street artists, including Vexta, Miso, Ghostpatrol, and Kaff-Eine. While their work on laneway walls might not last forever, a print made for your walls just might. A must-browse if you’re considering buying art online.
Part graphic design studio, part online art print store, Blacklist has the goods to tart up your abode. Based in Sydney since 2008, Blacklist is the creation of art director, Nathan Johnson, who has worked for the likes of Quiksilver, One Teaspoon, Waves magazine and Universal Music. The prints for sale are a combination of travel photography and whimsical typography that are simple yet effective in message. If you can’t get enough of the artwork, they also sell notebooks and greeting cards with their instantly recognisable designs.
Image Credits: The Artwork Stylist, Blacklist, Canvas & Canvas, Signed & Numbered, TW Fine Art, The March Collective.