We’ve all heard of the starving artist stereotype, but what about the starving art collector? For art enthusiasts on a budget, it can be difficult to find pieces you love at price points that won’t leave you dining on microwaved noodles. These seven retailers offer vast selections of prints at low-cost. Plus, many of the companies support independent artists — providing them with platforms to promote and sell their work online. Browse the sites below for inexpensive art prints that are sure to liven up your walls.
1. Lu West, “Watermelons” print, $60
The bold, playful prints at Lu West are created by London-based South African print designed Luzelle van de Westhuizen. Inspired by African and Scandinavian design, her work is printed by hand from her Kew Gardens, London studio. The company ships to most countries in the world for a standard fee.
2. Rifle Paper Co., “Bobbypin” print, $24
Rifle Paper Co. is a stationary and gift brand with prints so pretty you won’t be able to pick just one. The Florida-based company is owned by husband and wife duo, Anna and Nathan Bond. The aesthetic is feminine, with floral touches and whimsical fonts. They accept international orders and ship at reasonable rates.
3. Society6, “Moonrise Kingdom” print by Vagabond, $15 – $28
Hundreds of thousands of artists sell their artwork as products on Society6. The artist controls the rights to their work while the company prints wall art, clothing, pillows, shower curtains, phone cases and more onto high quality materials. It’s a particularly good resource for fan-made TV and movie posters, such as the Wes Anderson tribute above.
4. Minted, “La poste” by lulu and isabelle, $24
Minted is a platform for independent artists to sell art, stationery and home decor. New talent is discovered through ongoing design competitions, which the Minted community then votes on to tell the company what to sell. The photography on the site is stunning, with dreamlike colors and natural landscapes.
5. Etsy, “Single Ladies” by DrawMeASong, $14 – $40
As you are probably well aware, Etsy is an online marketplace where modern crafters are able to connect with a huge audience of buyers in search of unique, handmade items. The seemingly endless search result pages for prints can be a bit daunting, but there’s really no better resource for finding a piece of art that strikes your fancy. We’re big on their selection of letterpress prints — it’s like watching an inspirational quotes Pinterest board come to life.
6. Urban Outfitters, “Diver” by Max Wanger, $19 – $199
The apartment section of Urban Outfitters is always rife with wittily-worded prints and candy-colored photographs. Prints can be ordered in a variety of frames — from wall clips, to wooden dowels to the traditional four-sided doodads. UO is big on themes such as throwback musicians, seascapes and vintage botanicals.
7. Waiting on Martha, “Indigo shark watercolor,” $35
Waiting on Martha sells primarily watercolor prints that are sourced from multiple vendors. The aesthetic is minimalist, yet brilliant — with bright hues and positive messages. A number of prints, such as those by artist Carly Martin, are retouched by hand and signed. The Atlanta-based company accepts international orders, and offers cheaper shipping to Canadian customers.