Original art is for everyone, contrary to popular belief. There are many great places to purchase inexpensive, original art, either from flea markets, thrift stores, art galleries and of course the Internet and eBay.
I personally love eBay, I do not think it is nearly as good as it used to be; in the past there were more individual sellers and not so many companies, but I guess now it maybe trying to compete with Amazon and that the artists have moved over to Etsy. In any case, if you take the time, you can find beautiful art on eBay.
You can also purchase from20×200 which is a great site that was founded by Jen Bekman a gallery owner who decided that there were many artists, and many buyers that perhaps did not know how to find one another so she came up with the idea of “limited editions x low prices + Internet = art for everyone” offering 200 limited editions at $20.00. I have purchased a few pieces from her also, I love the service and I love the art.
Or fromArtBrokerage.com, which is a really fantastic site, this is an online auction site for the sale of Fine Art, anyone from Chagall to Jeff Koons to Damien Hirst to Banksy and the list goes on and on. Needless to say, I have not purchased anything from here although I love to look. I think that just brousing this site allows you to see so many different kinds of art on one site that you would not normall see together. It is great for research and education, and of course to dream.
If you could have any piece of art in the world, price is not a problem which would it be? I think I would love an Arcimboldo, or perhaps a Tinterretto, or maybe even a Fragonard. Oh the possibilities are endless when one is dreaming.
When I want to purchase art from the actual artist, on eBay, I look under self-representing artists. You will have to take the time to scroll a lot of art to find a diamond in the rough. Recently, my friend Diane, from Yonks has been profiling Self-Representing artists on Ebay.UK. You can check out her blog Yonksfor some great artists.
These are a few pieces that I purchased in the past.
|California Artist L. Falge Purchased 2004|
|I have several paintings by this artist, Lisa Russo, 2003. The other paintings are black and white landscapes.|
|Bottom piece, the top is a Fine Art piece from Brazil|
|Bottom abstract from England on ebay, the 1910 Impressionist piece above it is from Russia|
The above abstract is one of many pieces that I have purchased from this artist. He is from England and mainly paints mini images for doll houses. This abstract and another were some of the first pieces that he did, some of his other pieces that I have are landscapes.
Recently, I bought a really fun piece from Kerry Molfesis, in England. It is a life like rendition of a sheep. I think it may be one of my favorites. Many of her paintings are of animals, there is one of a pack of hounds that is amazing. Kerry is represented at The Recessionists in the UK, here is a link to some of her work.
I would love to see some of the art that everyone else is doing themselves or that they are purchasing. If you have a special piece send me a link, I would love to see it.