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I am looking into adding some artwork to my home. Does anyone have a reliable source either on-line or in the NY metro area for inexpensive original artwork? Has anyone bought any art from e-bay?

I am not as interested in collectible, investment or antique art, mostly because I can not afford it. Of course I wouldn't pass up a great deal either. I just want to find pieces that I like and will enjoy looking at for years to come.

As for my taste in art. I tend to like more classical pieces. I like the Hudson River Valley style, Impressionist and Realism. The links below are the types of things I like.

pic 1

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pic 3

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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I would drop by any local art schools or universities with a Fine Arts program. Most of these schools have galleries to showcase student's work. Check your local paper for listings of shows. The students would be overjoyed to sell some of their work and the prices should be reasonable. The only problem is that many young artists tend towards more abstract, conceptual and non-traditional styles than you mentioned, but that is not always the case.
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I am looking into adding some artwork to my home. Does anyone have a reliable source either on-line or in the NY metro area for inexpensive original artwork? Has anyone bought any art from e-bay? I am not as interested in collectible, investment or antique art, mostly because I can not afford it. Of course I wouldn't pass up a great deal either. I just want to find pieces that I like and will enjoy looking at for years to come. As for my taste in art. I tend to like more classical pieces. I like the Hudson River Valley style, Impressionist and Realism. The links below are the types of things I like. pic 1 pic 2 pic 3 Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
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I bought 4 original paintings on ebay from a Romanian seller ( user name Phila) a couple of years ago. They were very inexpensive. Phila mostly sells works by young Eastern european artists. His website seems to be down at the moment but I would buy art from him of from other similar ebay sellers again. I'll try to get a couple of picture up later.

Dimitry
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Originally Posted by topcatny
I am looking into adding some artwork to my home. Does anyone have a reliable source either on-line or in the NY metro area for inexpensive original artwork? Has anyone bought any art from e-bay?

I am not as interested in collectible, investment or antique art, mostly because I can not afford it. Of course I wouldn't pass up a great deal either. I just want to find pieces that I like and will enjoy looking at for years to come.

As for my taste in art. I tend to like more classical pieces. I like the Hudson River Valley style, Impressionist and Realism. The links below are the types of things I like.

pic 1

pic 2

pic 3

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.


TCNY - I would recomend going to the Met and looking at the reproductions that they have there. I think that you will get your best enjoyment value out of high quality reproductions of the type of pictures you like, and then get them framed nicely. That is most of what we have in our house.
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TCNY - I would recomend going to the Met and looking at the reproductions that they have there. I think that you will get your best enjoyment value out of high quality reproductions of the type of pictures you like, and then get them framed nicely. That is most of what we have in our house.

That might be a good idea. Are the reproductions actual paintings or are they prints? I really want oil paintings or even watercolors. I have a friend who just started working for the Met, I'll have to see if he can help me out somehow.
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That might be a good idea. Are the reproductions actual paintings or are they prints? I really want oil paintings or even watercolors. I have a friend who just started working for the Met, I'll have to see if he can help me out somehow.


they do both. the actual painted reproductions are much more expensive, and with less selection, but still a good way to go. pop by the book store on the first floor and take a look. on madison, in the area of the met, are also a lot of small art stores that sell reproductions. I think that these are pretty high end in terms of the market.
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I would drop by any local art schools or universities with a Fine Arts program. Most of these schools have galleries to showcase student's work.


Alter beat me to it, but I think this is great advice. And you can find more traditional stuff. Our student show had an amazing copy of Sargent's Madame X (bust only). The student didn't want to sell it unfortunately. I think it was good enough that I would steal it if I could find it.

I have bought other student art that I think is just amazing. And the students are really really flattered.

bob
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I am looking into adding some artwork to my home. Does anyone have a reliable source either on-line or in the NY metro area for inexpensive original artwork? Has anyone bought any art from e-bay? I am not as interested in collectible, investment or antique art, mostly because I can not afford it. Of course I wouldn't pass up a great deal either. I just want to find pieces that I like and will enjoy looking at for years to come. As for my taste in art. I tend to like more classical pieces. I like the Hudson River Valley style, Impressionist and Realism. The links below are the types of things I like. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
You can find that kind of art in small antique shops or tiny "art galleries" where any kind of art is sold at a reasonable prize. The best bets are still the tiny antique stores around the city. Sometimes you'll find some really good bargains: works of unknown artists with the same brush strokes and feel like the famous ones. I browse regularly these stores and through the years I've amassed quite a collection (not the kind of pictures you like). If you have a particular piece you'd like reproduced, I suggest to ask the many asian street portraitists (the one that charge $20 for a quick sketch) to make a reproduction in oil. Be prepared to pay at least $300-400 for a decent work for a waiting time of at least two-three weeks. A friend of mine has done this with very good results. Also, there are a few workshops (or private "institutions") that offer solid teachings of classic drawing and painting techniques to students. The works of the students are quite amazing, but the subject matter you're after (still lifes or landscapes) are not the most prefered among them. If you find some good works, again, be prepared to pay a few hundred dollars. This way you can have a real artist's signature with some background to go with it. If you do a quick research on the internet you'll find where these workshops are located in New York.
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