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How to Buy Art That Looks Nice and Costs Little: 5 Tips

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Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin just paid $100 million for a Basquiat painting. Basquiat painted instantly-recognizable works that took on issues of social justice with almost a graffiti-like work.

If you love Basquiat or Monet or Van Gogh or any other famous artist, but can’t afford to drop hundreds of millions on their work, don’t worry.

This article can help you achieve the look you want within your budget. We’ve got five tips for you on how to buy art that will look amazing but won’t break the bank.

  1. Buy Original Work From Local Artists

Affordable original art can be found everywhere. Check out your local festivals, farmer’s markets, or sales put on by local colleges and universities, high schools, or even correctional facilities.

Many local artists sell their work for much less than what you’d pay for something original or online and it’s a way to support local and expose your friends and family to local artists.

  1. Print Your Own Photos

Newer smartphones have advanced cameras that can take extremely clear pictures that you’d never know were taken with a phone. If you have photos you love, you can print them yourself online at places like Canvas and Decor.

You can also find plenty of photos taken by others on online art sites that you can print for free or for a nominal cost.

  1. Break out the Art Supplies

If you really want to keep things inexpensive, pick up some paints and canvases at your local craft store and get to work.

There are plenty of tutorials online that will walk you through creating your own artwork or you can do something abstract or freehand and see what happens.

  1. Commission Your Creative Family Members or Friends

Do you have a friend or family member who loves to paint and is good at it? Ask them to paint something for you; this is a great way to buy cheap art, as it might cost as little as the price of the supplies.

You can even have your kids or young relatives make art that you can decorate your place with. Pick the colors and let them go to town on some canvases or thick paper and then frame their masterpieces. Homemade art is a unique way to decorate your home and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece!

  1. Buy Prints

If you love classic paintings like Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, or Monet’s water lilies, and you’re reading this article, you likely can afford original print copies! There are plenty of places online to buy prints of the original paintings you love.

You can buy prints of any size you want and then have them professionally framed and matted to give them an expensive-looking finish without breaking the bank.

How to Buy Art That’s Easy on Your Budget

These five ideas will help get you started on how to buy art that’s easy on your budget. If you want to put the finishing touches on your home with art, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it. Get creative and do a little research to find inexpensive art pieces.

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