Art Collecting Online

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When it comes to home décor, I am a big believer in art and little details that give home its character and speak for its owners’ style and individuality. Luckily now you don’t have to be a collector with unlimited budget frequenting Sotheby’s to accumulate chic art pieces. As a matter of fact you don’t have to spend much at all or even leave your house. Most of the pieces at my home come from the web for it is an unlimited resource with online auctions and stores of contemporary artist and student work popping up every day. Here are my go to spots:

Ebay – old school auction action or “buy it now” features make it extremely easy to purchase and browse thousands of listings of contemporary and vintage prints and art. You can buy directly from an artist or communicate with smaller international galleries you’d otherwise never hear about or find. However unless you have big bucks to invest in dealing with legitimate galleries like FC Art, I would stay clear of anything that claims to be an original museum-worthy work and seems too good to be true. Hey, Picasso print for $900.00?! Fraud is still alive and well and you have to be aware of it. I had great luck purchasing authentic signed posters from 1930’s as well as small vintage paintings from lesser know artists in France. Ebay’s antique photography collection is also worth browsing.

Curioos – digital art startup that showcases up-and-coming artists and lets you purchase their art prints in different formats. The giclée art prints are produced on heavyweight fine art paper and are numbered, signed, embossed and shipped with a certificate of authenticity. Curioos also provides basic framing in white or black. A framed fashion print in 16”x20” would set you back around $200 or less depending on the artist.

Saatchi Art – online art gallery that connects people with original art works from around the world selected by Saatchi Art and guest curators. This is definitely my go to place if I want something unique and edgy for Saatchi Art is a mecca of groundbreaking but approachable contemporary art. Depending on your budget you can browse thousands of original listings in the medium of collage, drawing, installation, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. Even if you are not in the market for buying art, it is an incredible resource for inspiration!

Artspace – highly curated artwork handpicked from museums and galleries by the talented Artspace staff. Artspace features both established and emerging artists at different price points. Similar to Saatchi Art it is a great place to look for originals and prints and start a collection without having to comb through junk of fake or mediocre stuff.

One Kings Lane – online marketplace featuring flash sales for all things home. With the recent shutdown of its sister site Hunters Alley, dedicated to vintage and handcrafted décor, One Kings Lane has refocused on its main brand and made it even more navigation-friendly. I love to look at their Art, Vintage and Decorative Accents collection. However I advise using OKL as more of a research advisory for finding names of the artists and brands you fancy. On several occasions I have noticed that OKL’s so-called “sales” prices are identical to the full prices on art listed on an artist’s direct website. Not cool.

Etsy – similar concept to Ebay but you are dealing with artists who sell their own work or sellers of vintage items and art supplies. This takes away a lot of cheap reproduction crap you have to sort through on Ebay but you still have to deal with a lot of amateur work. I absolutely adore Etsy! I got fully introduced to it while planning my wedding and ended up using quite a few items from their designers in pre-wedding events and reception. You can see my post on Wedding Etsy-style here. If you have time and patience to look through hundreds of pages you definitely can find some gems. Artwise Etsy is a good resource for anything from traditional oil paintings to faux taxidermy and typography.

A few other websites that look promising:

* Images courtesy of CurioosEbaySaatchi ArtOne Kings LaneEtsy