Original art means, of course, no reproductions, no prints, no copies, but these works come at a premium and can be hard to find unless you have a seat at Christie’s. Here are our favorite places to score original artwork online as well as tips from the pros—art advisors and artists alike—on how and where you can find beautiful work at a great price, no auction paddle required.
Best places to buy original art online
Chairish is an online marketplace for vintage decor, furniture and art, and if you’re not willing to deal with the stress that comes with auction sites, go with Chairish.
We love Chairish because they have a team of curators who vet items for quality, so you don’t have to worry about coming across a Target chaise. They also have expert-curated lists (like this one from Dara Caponigro) as well as lists by maker and by style, so if you’re more Gustavian Swedish than Danish Modern, they’ve got you covered.
Chairish handles all the shipping too, so you can skip scouring Craigslist for a dude with a truck.
Check out the gallery of artist originals here.
Everything But The House
EBTH.com is an auction-format online estate sale marketplace. They have oodles of great artist originals, and all auctions start at $1—no matter how notable the artist.
EBTH is for those who crave the excitement of Sotheby’s but prefer the comfort of their own home. I personally love their Art Deco collection, which lets me imagine that I’m decorating my house for Scott and Zelda’s visit.
Check out paintings up for bid here.
Saatchi Art is the best places to start if you know you want to begin a collection of original art but don’t know where to start. It offers a free advisory service that will select around 30 works of art based on your taste, space, and price range.
See Saatchi Art’s selection of paintings here.