Friday, March 4, 2011


When building a collection of artwork, every expert will tell you this first and foremost: follow your heart and buy what you love. Bearing that in mind, here are some creative ways to do just that-- online. Start looking, visit museums and local galleries and begin to develop an eye. After you get a feel for what you medium and theme you are drawn to, you are off and running. No matter what your budget, these Internet galleries have artwork galore. Kick off your collecting here:

Photo courtesy of 20x200
Sweethearts by Jonathan Lewis is an archival pigment print

20x200, a Jen Beckman Project, brings affordable art to the foreground. Their "art for everyone" approach has served them well, as they are the darling of young hip interior designers everywhere. Tailor the work to your needs by choosing from 3 standard sizes, limited run editions, and framing options. At least two new editions are added a week, one photograph and one work on paper. Additionally, if you must have the original, it is also available. More about Jen: her lower East Side Gallery had been thriving since 2003. She has an epiphany one day, and her brilliant formula for selling art evolved to be 20x200, which, by way of explanation, means (limited editions x low prices) + the Internet = art for everyone.

Photos courtesy of Artaissance
Matryoshka Bright, print by home accessories designer Thomas Paul adds a festive color range to a space.

Artaissance, an online art company owned by well - known framing company Larson Juhl offers artwork in a variety of sized on paper or canvas, and allows you to search by room type, artistic style, and artist. You can browse over 3,300 prints here. Read artist bios, and check out the try before you buy program. $5.00 gets you a printed 5.5” x 8.5” sample version of the artwork you have in mind, to try it out on the wall in the space you are considering it for. The cost of the sample will go toward the purchase price of the piece should you decide to buy it.

Palm Vista II, a nature photograph by Thea Schrack

Photo courtesy of Artaissance
Mary Margaret Briggs Pear Silhouette I on paper is a clean and graphic monochromatic still life.

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A signed, dated and numbered aquatint etching of a Still Life With Skull Sea Urchins and Onions by Picasso

V and, Vintage and Modern, has just redesigned their website and it looks amazing. It is the go-to online marketplace for furniture, artwork, decorative accessories, jewelry and textiles that are sourced from dealers around the globe. Connect with dealers of unique vintage finds at approachable and aspirational price points in one click. The redesign features larger images, a hover tool showing essential information and additional product shots. The editorial platform, called inSTINCT on their DESIGNinTELL blog, has been newly designed, with a with a Q and A from designer and former Domino editor at large, Tom Delavan. InVALUABLE, a new feature on the landing page, shows a weekly round up of latest additions, highlighted by their experts.

Marilyn Monroe: A Last Sitting Bert Stern screen print from Center 44. It is signed, dated and numbered by the artist in pencil.

A 1940's Rhododendrons framed oil painting on canvas

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An oil portrait from the 1040's by JT. Darrin.

Photos courtesy of Exhibition A
You and Me by Steve Powers, in limited edition of 100, is a digital print stretched on canvas

Looking to spend a little and get a lot? Like $100 to $500 for limited edition works by today’s leading contemporary talent? Then Exhibition A, an online members-only website for buying and collecting contemporary art in limited release is for you. Started in part by Bill Powers, Half Gallery owner and judge on Bravo's Work of Art, and designer Cynthia Rowley, they believe in making good art available to a wider, contemporary savvy consumer. Choose from an assortment of well known contemporary artists including Terence Koh, David LaChapelle, Richard Phillips, Nate Lowman, Rene Ricard, Josephine Meckseper, Mark Borthwick, and Hanna Liden. Each work is exclusive to Exhibition A, available for only two weeks and then never offered again. Select editions are also available to purchase at the Gagosian Shop, at Madison Avenue.

3D Ladies by Jim Drain, is a pigment inkjet print on museum quality paper that is in a 50 edition run, available framed or unframed.

Photos courtesy of Exhibition A
Olivier Zahm's From Purple Diary. The photograph appeared on jetsetter Zahm's fashion blog.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lilly
An abstracted landscape from Rachel Teannalach called Munich in oil on canvas.

Serena and Lilly have recently added a Bazaar on their website, where Serena scours the globe for fun and engaging works of art. Artists series were added last week, with a trove of works from established and emerging artists. From landscapes to abstract color field paintings, there is a lot to choose from. Transitions II, above, by artist AJ Oishi, was created in acrylic on canvas by dipping a pencil eraser into paint and applying varying degrees of pressure to the canvas. It comes in a metal frame.
Photos courtesy of Serena and Lilly
Dancer in a Chair, an abstracted portrait by Janet Ament (1916 – 2000) is a vintage painting newly framed.

Sold! An abstract work in oil on wood is a colorful painting with rays of color by T. Dondlinger sold right away.

1 comment:

Karena said...

Marisa a wonderful selection of art! It completes any project and makes a house into a home!

Do come and enter my Artful Offering!

Art by Karena