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40 websites where you can buy art online

40 websites where you can buy art online

So you have decided to buy some art. Probably you have moved into a new home and want to decorate empty walls, maybe you decided to start collecting artworks, or possibly you are in need of some inspiration and positive emotions, or even would like to empower your status.

Whatever the reason is — buying art online seems a good idea, because it is just more convenient than visiting number of art galleries.

You don’t have to run around the town searching for the painting and feeling shy when it comes to asking for a price. Millions of artworks are available online with just a few clicks and you can buy one literally lying on the sofa. 

If you are not an experience art buyer, you may probably know a few famous websites that sell art, but actually, there are a lot more.

I have been running my online art boutique and exploring the online art market for more than three years now and decided to share some of my online art market knowledge in this blog post as one of my missions nowadays — is to encourage people to buy art and I want to be sure that you know all online places where you can find a perfect piece :)

Before you start browsing art online

You must consider several things:

  • Do you want an original, unique artwork or a more affordable print would do?
  • If you are looking for a print - would you go for limited edition, or even more affordable open edition?
  • What sizes and styles do you like?
  • Is the name and fame of the artist important to you?
  • What is your budget?

If it is the first time you are buying an artwork, I would suggest to take a look at my earlier blog post “How to buy art that you will love forever”.

Once you know more or less what kind of artwork you are looking for (and it is very important to have some kind of the vision, because there are so many artworks on offer all over internet these days), you can start exploring.

Types of websites that sell art

There are three types of platforms where you can buy art online:

  1. Art sales platforms — selling original artworks an prints
  2. Print to order services — you choose the image of the artwork you like, they print it on your desired medium and size.
  3. E-commerce websites that among millions of other items, sell art as well.

You can also buy art on social media and online art auctions, but these are quite wide and separate subjects, so I will probably leave them for a future blog post.

Specialised websites where you can buy original art and editions

So, let’s start with the list. Please note that this is not a rating and I am not giving any preference or recommendations. The purpose of this list is to help you find an online place that is best for you to discover and buy art.

I am listing all websites in alphabetical with a short comment, so you can decide which one to browse.

All information provided below is a short summary of what I found on each website. 

1. absolutart.com

      An extension of a popular ABSOLUT brand with a goal to make contemporary art more accessible, support artists and democratise the process of acquiring art. This platform sells signed limited edition prints.

      Number of artworks: about 240
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 160 EUR

      2. artandonly.com

      An art sales platform targeting collectors, focused on contemporary art in various styles, forms and mediums.

      Number of artworks: 226
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: about 500 USD

      3. artfinder.com

      The place where you can buy original art and prints directly from the artist. Established in 2011 this is one of the most popular art sales platforms among the artists.

      Number of artworks: over 10 thousand
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: about 40 EUR

      4. artfuly.com 

      Another place where you can buy art directly from the artist, they are offering originals only. The website states that the artworks on offer are curated.

      Number of artworks: 250 artists sell their work there
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 30 EUR

      5. artgallery.co.uk

      As the domain suggests, this online gallery is primarily focused on UK market, it offers affordable original art and limited edition prints.

      Number of artworks: over 45 thousand
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: 5 GBP

      6. artgoda.com

      Online art gallery, a boutique offering affordable contemporary art - paintings, sculpture, drawings and limited edition prints. All artworks are carefully curated and handpicked by the founder. 

      Number of artworks: about 250
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 55 EUR

      7. artisster.com

      One more curated art platform, representing 32 emerging artists.

      Number of artworks: N/A
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 210 EUR

      8. artlimes.com

      This is a marketplace where you can buy art, jewellery and design items directly from artists, galleries or art dealers.

      Number of artworks: over 80 thousand limited edition prints + original artworks
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 100 

      9. artmajeur.com

      Established by French entrepreneurs, this art platform is used by more than 160 thousand artists, you can buy art from artists directly and choose from originals, reproductions and even digital image bank — by buying licences to download the artworks.

      Number of artworks: 2.4 million
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: 10 EUR

      10. artnet.com

      Established in 1990 as a resource for art market information, today it is one of the most important platforms used by galleries and art dealers. It offers tools for art market research, as well as possibility to buy art at the auctions or from the galleries, representing 35 thousand artists.

      Number of artworks: over 170 thousand.
      Curation: Yes, artworks are curated by the galleries that are representing artists on the platform
      Prices: most prices are available upon request

      11. artpiq.net

      This website offers original artworks and prints by young, professional artists and helps to invest into emerging talents.

      Number of artworks: over 600
      Curation: artists are required to have an art school background
      Prices start at: 58 EUR

      12. artplode.com

      A place you can buy an artwork directly from the artist, a gallery or an art dealer.

      Number of artworks: N/A
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: 1000 USD

      13. artprice.com

      Initially established as an art price index, this website also offers possibility to buy art from galleries and art dealers. The index lists over 725 thousand artists and it’s marketplace offers thousands of artworks for sale.

      Number of artworks: over 63 thousand.
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: N/A - you must log in and contact gallery for a price

      14. artrepublic.com

      One of the oldest art sales platforms. Established in 1999, Artrepublic mostly focuses on prints by famous artists as well as young, emerging talents.

      Number of artworks: over 6 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 20 EUR

      15. artsper.com

      French platform where contemporary art is sold by the galleries, wide choice of pop art, variety of styles and mediums.

      Number of artworks: 130 thousand
      Curation: Yes, as artworks on offer are selected by galleries, plus the curated collections are created on a regular basis.
      Prices start at: 15 EUR

      16. artsy.net 

      Probably one of the best known art sales platforms used by galleries and art dealers. You can buy an artwork at a fixed price or participate in an auction. The website positions itself as a platform for collecting and discovering art.

      Number of artworks: over 1 million
      Curation: features curated collections
      Prices start at: 80 USD

      17. artsyhome.com

      This is the place where you can buy unique artisan items - not only art, but also things like furniture and jewellery.

      Number of artworks: N/A
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: 10 USD

      18. artstar.com

      Curated selection of contemporary art, the platform is mostly focusing on prints in limited editions.

      Number of artworks: about 100
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 150 USD

      19. artupia.com

      Relevantly new kid on the block, Italian startup offering interesting concept of buying art. The prices of artworks sold by the artists go up as they are receiving more views and likes by website visitors.

      Number of artworks: N/A
      Curation: No
      Prices start at: 9 EUR

      20. askart.com 

      Another place to discover art, research market prices and buy artworks offered by galleries and artists directly.

      Number of artworks: over 9 thousand
      Curation: No
      Prices: available upon contacting the seller.

      21. degreeart.com

      One of the leading online art galleries in UK, focusing on emerging artists and offering services to investors investing in art as a financial asset. The platform offers unique artworks as well as editions.

      Number of artworks: over 9 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 15 GBP

      22. ideelart.com

      Online art gallery focusing on abstract art (both original paintings and prints), representing 60 artists. 

      Number of artworks: about 1.5 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 470 EUR

      23. newbloodart.com

      Curated online art platform, representing young, emerging talents. 

      Number of artworks: over 2 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 100 GBP

      24. riseart.com

      Showcases art by emerging and mid-career artists, offers original artworks and editions.

      Number of artworks: over 10 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 115 GBP

      25. saatchiart.com

      Probably the largest website where you can buy art directly from thousands of artists, offering original artworks as well as editions.

      Number of artworks: over 3.6 million
      Curation: through featured collections
      Prices start at: 135 USD

      26. singulart.com

      Offers artworks from selected artists, who have been recognised nationally and/or awarded with art prizes.

      Number of artworks: over 130 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 250 EUR

      27. tricera.net

      An online art gallery operating in Japan, established with a goal to promote Japanese art to global audiences.

      Number of artworks: over 1000
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 26 USD

      28. ugallery.com

      Sells artworks that are exclusive to the gallery and are created only by the artists the gallery represents.

      Number of artworks: over 7 thousand
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 75 USD

      29. widewalls.ch

      This platform is dedicated to modern and contemporary art sold by galleries.

      Number of artworks: N/A
      Curation: Yes, as artworks are selected by the galleries.
      Prices start at: 15 USD 

      30. zatista.com

      The place where you can buy original artworks only, also provides advisory services.

      Number of artworks: over 20 thousand
      Curation: through featured collections
      Prices start at: 50 USD

      31. 20x200.com

      This platform sells limited edition prints in variety of genres. You can buy a photography edition or a print of an abstract artwork in a desired size and framing.

      Number of artworks: 984
      Curation: Yes
      Prices start at: 5 USD

      If we compare all online places where you can buy art, Saatchiart and Artsy are definitely leading according to the number of artworks available for sale - more than three million and more than one million accordingly! Wow!

      For some it may sound like an advantage - a sea of art to choose from, but honestly, I can hardly imagine a busy modern human browsing such website for days looking for a perfect artwork…

      Personally I would look at smaller websites, art boutiques that curate the artworks carefully. They will save time and probably will have more personal approach to the sales process. 

      Print on demand art sites 

      These art selling platforms offer artworks in open editions and probably are a good choice for those who have a tight budget.

      They offer an enormous choice of art. All you have to do is find an artwork you like, place an order online, the artwork will be printed and delivered to your door.

      The most popular places to buy affordable art prints are as follows (in an alphabetical order):

      32. fineartamerica.com

      33. icanvas.com

      34. redbubble.com

      35. society6.com

      36. zazzle.com

      Buying art on E-Commerce websites

      Of course popular e-commerce platforms offer art for sale as well. Whether you want to buy an original piece, affordable print or maybe even a downloadable / printable artwork, it is worth to check what big giants have to offer.

      Quite often artists have their own shops there, or people are re-selling artworks they do not need anymore.

      The choice is really very wide, so make sure to dedicate some time looking for a perfect piece on:

      37. amazon.com

      38. ebay.com

      39. etsy.com

      40. houzz.com

      I hope you found this list useful and would like to wish you an exiting and inspiring journey in buying art online.

      If you have some doubts in the process - do not hesitate to check my earlier blog post where I give a few tips how to make your online art purchase hassle free.

      Don’t forget - you are welcome visit my online art gallery or drop me a line if you need help in finding this perfect work of art that you will love forever :) 

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