How To Buy Cheap Art

Posters, paintings, photographs, and other art pieces make great ornaments for your home. They exude elegance and add character to your interior environment. However, for many people, art is expensive. To lavish your home with an artist’s work means spending thousands of dollars. If you happen to have a barren wall or corner in your house that you find difficult to embellish because you think art is utterly costly, follow the tips and get ready to grab insanely cheap pieces of art.

  1. Determine your budget. Know how much you are willing to spend for an art piece prior to visiting art stores or galleries. Having a set price range will help you save time and narrow your options.
  2. Determine the type of art you like. What specific type of art work are you looking for? Are you after art prints, art posters, oil paintings, abstract art, etc?  This is important to consider as certain galleries specialize on a particular genre or type or art.
  3. Know where to look. Finding cheap art can be an arduous task but only if you have no idea where to find them. Nevertheless they do exist and you can find them through the following sources:
  • Art galleries. Many commercial art galleries showcase works of budding artists with prices perfect for the budget-minded buyers and beginning collectors. Canvas art prints, photos, paintings, posters, and a huge variety come in affordable prices.
  • Open studio tours. Watch out for open studio tours, which are occasional opportunities to view emerging artists’ pieces and their studio habitats. You can watch how painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, woodworkers, and other artists work. You can talk to the artists themselves and purchase pieces right on the spot, so be ready to negotiate.
  • Art fairs. Do not miss scheduled art fairs that feature a host of low-priced art works. Many up-and-coming artists and galleries are showcased on art fairs typically catering to first time buyers or beginning collectors.
  • Student shows. Watch out for top art schools’ end-of-semester shows in your area. Colleges and universities offering Master of Fine Arts programs usually introduce their graduates to the public by way of thesis shows. It is a great means of discovering new talents and procuring reasonably priced pieces.
  • Online stores. A great place to find low priced art, designs, photos, and other pieces is the Internet. Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can find and purchase stunning art works by a vast number of emerging and established artists. Many online art stores also provide framing services and discount or free shipping.
  • Art blogs. Many artists host their own blog sites where they talk about their masterpieces and new creations. You can also find galleries in their pages and purchase pieces right from their homepages.

Garage sales, auctions, and bazaars are also great sources of various art pieces that are easy on the pocket. Now that you know how to purchase cheap art, you can start finding pieces that complement your personality and style. 


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