Art need not be reserved for the aficionados with a slew of affordable options at your fingertips! Here are the best tips for buying art that won't break the bank... and where to find it.
An appreciation of art doesn’t have to come with a lofty price tag or a lot of artistic experience.
Things to consider before you buy
1. Be confident with your tastes
Although trends come and go, what you love with remain steadfast and if that isn't expensive, then that's even better! Be confident with your art collection even, if it is shopped on a shoestring.
Moleculae: All At Once by Mariëtte Kotzé - $260 (State of the Art)
2. Art is an excellent link in relationships
If you are living with a partner or even children, get them in on the conversation so you can invest in a piece of art that taps into something in each of you. This is a lovely – often unearthed – way to discover a creative connection and harmony in the family home and it also takes a perceived price tag off the experience, as children can often find inspiration and imagination in the most basic of art.
3. Go graphic if you’re stumped for ideas
These are timeless and sleek, which will afford them a place in every room – from the bathroom to office lounge-room to the bedroom. Furthermore, graphic prints tend to be produced in larger runs, keeping the cost down.
Hanna Konola Katto Print - from $75 (Norsu Interiors)
4. Bigger is better for smaller spaces
If you want to create an illusion of larger scale to an area, invest in one piece of a greater scale, rather than lots of little photos or prints.
5. Get snap happy
If art prices are too steep, photographs are a favourite for some of the most contemporary spaces. Some popular options are those in mixed mediums, such as pixelated images, shapes or even slogans, iconic images and characters or pop culture cartoons.
The Vortex - $950 (The Artwork Stylist)
6. Measuring the value
What is deemed ‘affordable’ to some may be expensive to you. Forget the price tag and focus on the quality of the artist's work or the design, how good the materials are, the stock, how exclusive the piece is – or is it a run of many thousands – and the size of the art. Then, work out what you are prepared to pay. However, consider how the piece is important to you and how it makes you feel. After all, this is what art is about!
7. Explore up-and-coming artists
Going with unique, up-and-coming artists can mean your art increases in value. Do your research. Get ahead of the trends with artists and photographers to watch on Instagram and snap up their pieces before they become too well-known.
Where to buy
Keen to get cracking on your cut-price art collection? Here are six of my favourite online galleries to shop!
- Art Pharmacy is an online GPS for all the pop-up exhibitions you need to know about in Sydney. The aim is to make new and undiscovered artists – and their affordable artworks – accessible to everyone around Australia. You will find prints, oils, watercolours, acrylic and photography for both art novices and those in the know.
David Bowie by Dominique Gauci - $64.95 (Art Pharmacy)
- The Artwork Stylists was founded by widely-renowned The Real Estate Stylists and sisters, Sara and Amy Chamberlain as an organic collaboration between all the creatives that make up a home - stylist, designers, photographers, local printers and quality framers. Therefore, pieces are handpicked to suit your budget, home aesthetics, and lifestyle.
- Urban Road is a hard site not to fall in love with! Like wandering through a virtual gallery, you can shop beyond affordable wall art and step into soft furnishings to add to the beauty of your interiors. The prints they do offer are nothing short of inspiring and commanding. Even one can reinvent a space for a fraction of full price.
Bermuda - $135 (Urban Road)
- State of The Art Gallery is another excellent Australian online source of one-of-a-kind pieces from Australia and South Africa. You can step ‘inside the studio’ to get a feel for the artists at work and discover truly unique and affordable pieces from ink and charcoal drawings, limited edition prints and photography.
- Wall Art Prints brings new meaning to budge-friendly beauty in your home. As an online business only, store overhead costs are slashed with free shipping available all over Australia. New savings are available every day, and you can shop room-by-room, by theme or the subject of the piece. Buy photography for commanding landscapes and even watercolours that would work in the kid's rooms for under $50.
The Old Observatory Tower - from $41.99 (Wall Art Prints)
- Norsu is for those with a love of all things Scandinavia and Nordic. Prints are striking, unapologetic talking pieces to anchor any room for under $100. You can find limited edition prints and various sizes in each with a back-story on each artist or illustrator available when shopping.