8 recommended shops that sell affordable art and design prints online
With so many of us working from home these days, we're spending more and more time staring at the same four walls. So why not add some life and colour to them, and put a personal stamp on your workspace or living space?
Yes, you could buy a mass-produced print from a high street shop. But that's not exactly great for the soul. Instead, certain online stores enable you to find much more unique, quirky and interesting art prints for your home. That way, you'll be directly supporting contemporary artists, and you're far more likely to find work that will truly wow you day after day.
For this article, we've gathered together the best place to buy affordable art and design prints today. As you'd expect, we'll begin with our own online store, which we've recently launched to support the independent artist community.
But we'll also list some other great online stores, which we have no involvement with, nor are we taking affiliate income from the links. We just think that the more stores are supporting artists, the better, and we want to give readers as much choice as possible!
1. Creative Boom Shop
Following our own Creative Boom Shop launch earlier this month, we're now collaborating with exciting artists and designers to sell their work online. And we've taken a unique approach to how we do so.
We're collaborating with top artists, who've all created one-of-a-kind A3 prints that will be available for a limited time only. You won't find these anywhere else on the planet, and once the sales period is over, they're gone forever. That means you'll only get one chance to get your hands on one of our curated pieces.
To kick things off, we’ve collaborated with top illustrators Luis Mendo, Haley Tippmann, Murugiah, Rob Lowe aka Supermundane, and Maaike Canne who've all created one-of-a-kind prints.
These pieces are printed on the finest art paper, with 100 per cent carbon neutral printing and delivery to anywhere in the world – tracked and insured. We're supporting artists by sharing 50 per cent of all profits with those we collaborate with, and 10 per cent of our own portion is being donated to Create, the UK's leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.
2. Tate Shop
The Tate is a network of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall housing the national collection of British art and a variety of international modern and contemporary art. In their online shop, you'll find an astonishing breadth and depth of work by some of the world's most celebrated artists, new and old. And although few of us will ever be able to afford one of the original paintings, the Tate's expertly produced prints remain nicely affordable.
3. East End Prints
"Making walls into galleries since 2010".... the tagline of East End Prints says it all. Based in London, the organisation houses a carefully curated collection of graphic art. They have one physical shop and an archive of more than 4,000 art prints to buy online, divided into theme categories such as abstract, music, sport and figurative. With artists including Fiona Watson, Lizzie Prestt and husband and wife team Studio Cockatoo, a portion of the profits go to Cool Earth, a charity working to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
4. Wrap Magazine
Another business based in East London, Wrap, started life in 2010 as a magazine and now includes a stationery and product range, online shop, and editorial content in print and digital. They collaborate with illustrators and designers from around the world on prints for people's homes and stationery products such as greetings cards, wrapping paper, notebooks, trays and scented candles. The store is currently selling a range of beautiful prints by artists Laurie Maun and Alexandria Coe.
5. The Handmade Cyclist
Describing itself as 'The Home of Original Cycling Art', The Handmade Cyclist occupies quite a fascinating niche in the world of commercial art. Inspired by a deep and lifelong love of the sport, they offer a unique and alluring selection of prints bringing a variety of well-known cyclists, quotes and races to life. Influenced by art deco and characterised by rich, vivid colours, all designs are created in-house and shipped worldwide from the UK. Normally limited to a run of 50, these works are custom printed in the studio on premium-quality paper stock, using archival inks.
6. Room Fifty
RoomFifty was launched in 2017 by professional illustrators and art directors to make the best contemporary art accessible to everyone. They sell limited, museum-standard prints, starting at just £30, by a curated roster of illustrators and designers worldwide. All prints are produced using Enhanced Matte Art (EMA) substrate – a 200gsm museum-quality paper with a gently textured surface – and come with a 100+ year colour guarantee. Artists on their roster include Belle Mellor, Peter Greenwood and Simone Massoni.
7. We Built This City
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 from over 650 renowned and upcoming London-based artists and makers, including a fabulous range of art prints. Contributing artists include Kristjana S Williams, Supermundane and David Sparshott.
8. Rise Art
Rise Art is an online marketplace for hundreds of emerging and established contemporary artists, giving them a way to reach collectors and first-time art buyers alike. Its online shop showcases limited edition prints from some of the most exciting creators active today. The extensive collection includes woodcut prints, linocut prints, screenprints, and monoprints by artists including Alexandar Khabbazi, Chowwai Cheung and Daniel Nagy.