Investing in art doesn't have to take you into the red, there are a host of online galleries where you can pick up a statement piece - or even two...
If you’ve recently upsized then an instant way to give your home that lived-in feel is by investing in new artwork. Mounting statement pieces on your freshly-painted walls brings a homely ambience to your living space, as if you’ve been in situ for years.
But if your savings have been poured in to a sizeable mortgage then there’s most likely little left for buying art. However, if you hunt online there are a variety of websites where you can find affordable art which looks twice as expensive. And in some cases you can even commission an artist to create something personal to you.
So whether you’re after a bold sculpture to act as a focal point or a contemporary canvas to inject colour to your neutral palette, these online galleries will inspire your next purchase…
Etsy, ‘Gold Sapphire Abstract Art’, $80
Billed as 'investing in the artists of the future', Degree Art was one of the first online galleries to emerge, aimed at providing graduates with a opportunity to showcase their work to a public audience. Now the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales, you'll find traditional paintings as well as modernist sculpture like Emily Furnell's series of pyramid-like steel structures which have been eroded by acid to give them a textural form.
While Loaf doesn't offer the same breadth as other online galleries, it does guarantee framing and features delightful stories behind the artist's work. Ben Lowe was shortlisted for The School Of Saatchi Art Prize before Loaf spotted his runaway talent and commissioned him to create specific pieces. He mastered a way of creating replica paintings on canvas, making them far more affordable for all.
Helter Skelter’, Ben Lowe, £345
The common belief held by The Affordable Art Studio is that art should be for everyone and not just the elite. An online gallery hosts artwork to buy, or if you're on the hunt for something truly original, why not take the art personality quiz which aims to capture your taste so you can work alongside an artist to create a truly one-off piece.
Dover Beach Series, £90
The tagline for riseart.com is 'Art You Love - On Your Terms' and is an online gallery which allows you to rent or buy art pieces. Created as a way for art lovers to discover new and original work, Cai Yuan's One World, One Dream series is deliberately intended to disrupt our view of the world and create a colourful new global map.
One World, One Dream’ by Cai Yuan, £300