Yes, you can buy a mass-produced print from a high street shop. But it is not exactly good for the soul. Instead, certain online stores allow you to find much more unique, quirky and interesting art prints for your home. That way, you will directly support modern artists and you are far more likely to find work that will really impress you day after day.
For this article, we have gathered the best place to buy art and design prints at an affordable price today. As you might expect, we start with our own online store, which we recently launched to support the independent artist community.
But we will also list some other good online stores that we have nothing to do with, nor do we take affiliate revenue from the links. We just believe that the more stores that support artists, the better, and we want to give readers as many choices as possible!
Following our own Creative Boom Shop launch earlier this month, we are now collaborating with exciting artists and designers to sell their work online. And we have taken a unique approach to how we do it.
We collaborate with top artists, all of whom have created unique A3 prints that will only be available for a limited time. You will not find these anywhere else on the planet and once the sales period is over, they are gone forever. This means that you only get one chance to get your fingers in one of our selected pieces.
To get things started, we have teamed up with the best illustrators Luis Mendo, Haley Tippmann, Murugiah, Rob Lowe aka Supermundane, and Maaike Canne, who have all made unique prints.
These pieces are printed on the finest art paper, with 100 percent carbon neutral printing and delivery to anywhere in the world – tracked and insured. We support artists by sharing 50 percent of all profits with those we collaborate with, and 10 percent of our own share is donated to Create, the UK’s leading charity that empowers life through creative art.
Tate is a network of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall, housing the national collection of British art and a range of international modern and contemporary art. In their online shop you will find an amazing breadth and depth of work by some of the world’s most famous artists, new and old. And while few of us will ever be able to afford one of the original paintings, Tate’s expertly produced prints remain affordable.
“Make walls for galleries since 2010” … the slogan for East End Prints says it all. Based in London, the organization houses a carefully curated collection of graphic art. They have one physical store and an archive with more than 4,000 art prints to buy online, divided into theme categories such as abstract, music, sports and figurative. With artists including Fiona Watson, Lizzie Prestt and husband and wife team Studio Cockatoo, part of the profits goes to Cool Earth, a charity working to combat deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
Another East London-based company, Wrap, started life in 2010 as a magazine and now includes a stationery and product range, online store and print and digital editorial content. They collaborate with illustrators and designers from around the world on prints for people’s homes and stationery such as greeting cards, wrapping paper, notebooks, trays and scented candles. The store currently sells a number of beautiful prints by artists Laurie Maun and Alexandria Coe.
The Handmade Cyclist describes itself as ‘The Home of Original Cycling Art’ and occupies a quite fascinating niche in the commercial art world. Inspired by a deep and lifelong love of the sport, they offer a unique and alluring selection of prints that bring a range of well-known cyclists, quotes and races to life. Influenced by art deco and characterized by rich, vibrant colors, all designs are created internally and shipped worldwide from the UK. Usually limited to a circulation of 50, these works are tailor-made printed in the studio on high-quality paper using archival inks.
RoomFifty was launched in 2017 by professional illustrators and art directors to make the best contemporary art available to all. They sell limited, museum-standard prints, from just £ 30, by a curated list of illustrators and designers around the world. All prints are produced using Enhanced Matte Art (EMA) substrate – a 200 gsm museum quality paper with a gently textured surface – and come with a 100+ year color guarantee. Artists on their list include Belle Mellor, Peter Greenwood and Simone Massoni.
In 2014, London was named the most visited city on the planet. The people behind We Built this City wanted to raise the quality of souvenirs for visitors. And their solution was to bring together products curated by over 650 acclaimed and upcoming London-based artists and designers, including a fabulous array of art prints. Performing artists include Kristjana S Williams, Supermundane and David Sparshott.
Rise Art is an online marketplace for hundreds of new and established contemporary artists, giving them a way to reach both collectors and first-time buyers of art. Its online store displays limited edition prints from some of the most exciting creators active today. The extensive collection includes woodcuts, linocuts, serigraphs and monoprints by artists including Alexandar Khabbazi, Chowwai Cheung and Daniel Nagy.
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