The Art of Buying Art Online: Etsy

The best thing about Etsy is that anyone can place a listing; it's also the worst thing about it. The website, which is devoted to all things handmade and vintage, is so saturated that you could literally spend a lifetime going through all of its listings. The search can be exasperating as a result, but in the end it is well worth the effort. You'll find things on Etsy that you won't find anywhere else on the web and often at great prices. It's a good idea to check the main page frequently as handpicked items are regularly showcased in the form of treasury lists. When it comes to art and photography there is an endless stream of possibilities just a click away.  And you can always advance your search by selecting the medium, subject matter or technique you are interested in. When you become a member of Etsy you can also start to create your own favourite lists which will be automatically saved in your account for future reference. To date, I have a countless number of items stored in my favourites’ folder and it was difficult selecting just a few for this post today but here are some that I wanted to share with you.

1.  Jen Ray for Corduroy

2.  Carl Christensen for Bucks County Frames

3.  Claure Jauregui

4.  JKL Design

5.  Elgar Boat

6.  Labokoff

7.  Linda Monfort 

8.  Christiana Romeo

9.  Roz Art

10.  Ryan Coleman

11.  Rebecca Plotnick

12.  Ballet Art

13.  Melanie Furtado

14.  Lucile Prache

15.  Olivia Jeffries for Restless Things

16.  Hadley Hutton

17.  Nina Moscrip for Art Quirk

18.  Studio Marlene

19.  Yann Pendaries

20.  Tine Eelman


The Art of Buying Art Online: 20x200

Using the motto, Art for Everyone, 20x200 aims to make digital art prints the first step in acquiring an art collection. Jen Bekman the owner and creator behind this online art gallery hopes that buyers will become interested in original artwork as a result of 20x200. "Art doesn't have to be expensive to be good" are some of the words you'll notice while visiting the site and when you browse through the long list of artists (200+) you'll know you're in the right place for buying high quality art at an affordable price. While some may take issue with digital prints of original art the reality remains that many art lovers simply cannot afford expensive originals. 20x200 corrects that problem by making limited edition prints available in various sizes all of them starting at $20 each. All prints are exclusive to the gallery and are signed and dated by the artist.  Profits are split 50/50 between the artist and 20x200 and upon request, some originals may be available for sale. After sifting through the entire inventory I found these to be my favourites: 

1.  Bob O'Connor

2.   Dorthe Alstrup

3.  James Deavin

4.  Jason Burch

5.  Jeff Lewis

6.  Jennifer Sanchez

7.   Joseph O. Holmes

8.  Keith Taylor

9.  Kotama Bouabane

10.  Ky Anderson

11.  Lauren DiCioccio

12.  Matthew Tischler

13.  Michelle Arcila 

14.  Jaclyn Mednicov

15.  Michelle Muldrow

16.  Shen Wei

17.  Valerie Roybal

18.  Kent Rogowski


The Art of Buying Art Online: Art Interiors

If you are interested in Canadian art then Toronto-based Art Interiors is an incredible resource for discovering new talent.  Founded in 1993 and co-owned by Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood, this online art gallery represents well over 300 emerging as well as established Canadian artists in a variety of mediums.  Prices range from $35 to $5,500, thereby making Art Interiors appealing to art enthusiasts, designers and art collectors alike.  The breadth of talent on display here is impressive and it is clear that the owners of this shop possess a keen eye for selecting high quality art.  Whether you're looking to enhance the beauty of your home or you actually want to invest in art you are bound to discover something you like here.  Below you will find some of my favourite selections:      

1.  Agnieszka Foltyn

2.  Daphne Emanuel

3.  Elaine Ling

4.  Elzbieta Krawecka

5.  Iza Mokrosz

6.  Jason Cantoro

7.  Mark Berens

8.  Rita Vindedzis

9.  Rojia Dadashzadeh

11.  Gordana Olujic Dosic

12.  Anna Yuschuk