November 11, 2013

Badass artwork for your home


Because I’m a girl, I do spend a not inconsiderable amont of time imagining what our house is going to look like when it’s finished, and picturing how I’ll decorate and what I’ll put on the walls. As an art dabbler myself, I have rather specific and eclectic tastes. So I’ve been spending a bit of time recently (probably more time than I should be, given the house doesn’t currently have windows and those are probably slightly more important) trawling the internets for awesome artwork to one day purchase if I ever have any disposable income ever again.

If you, like me, are also after some wicked artwork for your home, I’ve compiled a little guide.

Where can you buy badass artwork?

Here are a few of my favorite places to browse and buy artwork:

From the artist him/herself: Usually at art shows, craft fairs, or direct from the artist’s website. I like being able to chat with the artist about a piece and where I’m going to hang it, and buying direct means the artist receieves the greatest portion of the sale.
By Supporting an Artist’s Kickstarter Campaign: Kickstarter is a great resource for getting unique art pieces – often for a fraction of the price you’d pay for them from a gallery or through the artist’s website. Plus you get to play a small part in a big project – and it’s great fun receiving updates every few weeks. I’ve got a Molly Crabapple giclee print (The Great American Bubble Machine) for a bloody bargain in her Shell Game Kickstarter.
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The Great American Bubble Machine, Molly Crabapple. Shell Game kickstater.

Scour Etsy for Unique Art: Etsy is very popular and most artists selling online have a presence there. A lot of it is very “twee” which is not my kind of thing, but there are also a lot of truly unique sorts. I’ve got a print of this above my desk:

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Cthulhu Awakens and Totally Shreds a Sweet Ass Guitar Solo, Legendary Tiger Hero

Rebelsmarket: Rebelsmarket is a bit like Etsy, but it has a specific focus on alternative artwork and subculture, so it’s a great place to look for totally wicked pieces. Rebelsmarket is also easy to use and has a feedback system to prevent problems.

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Metal Crouching Monster, Kreatworks. Rebelsmarket.

Lust after art for sale at This site is absolutely awesome for finding more modern pieces, and artists outside my usual realms of interest. I’m probably getting one of Rob Kendell’s cat paintings as a print in my new office.


‘The Berries’, by Rob Kendell, Saatchi Online.

Buy a piece you love from a gallery: I visit galleries a fair bit, but have never purchased from a gallery. Usually, you can get a piece cheaper from the artist direct, and I personally prefer to speak to the artist myself. I like the process of handing over a work from maker to keeper.

What to think about when choosing art:

  • The size of a piece: Art needs to be in scale for a room or a wall. Will the piece be so small it’s lost on a large wall, or looks out-of-scale with other furniture in a room. Having huge pieces, such as bold modern canvases above a bed or fireplace, gives a very modern look. Smaller pieces in traditional frames are more classical.


Demons, Elena Mauri. Saatchi Online.

  • The colour scheme of a room: while you are never going to be able to completely colour-coordinate your artwork (that would be a little weird) you can definitely think about the overall colour-scheme of a room. If you use a lot of blues and greens, you might want a piece that features blues and greens to complement the theme. On the other hand, you can also choose art that clashes with a room’s décor or scheme, to add additional interest and draw the attention of the viewer.
  • The mood you want to invoke: Is a room calm and meditative, or flamboyant and loud? Do you want to relax, or do you want to be inspired? Do you want to encourage discussion, or introspection? Do you want to feel nothing at all?
  • Remember, art isn’t just for walls: Art doesn’t just include paintings. Sculpture, printmaking, poster art, collage, art created from light and sound and kinetics, art as functional furniture …

What’s going on my wall?

Aside from the prints I currently own, and the pieces I’ve painted myself, I’ve got so many ideas for our new house. I’m hoping to paint one mural myself, and am asking another friend to do one, too.

A wonderful friend gave me these three Hobbit prints for my birthday last year – recipes from a hobbit kitchen, signed by Daniel Reeve, the movie calligrapher. I’m having these framed for my kitchen. Happiness.


Stegosaurus, Sara Eileen Hames.

I’ve been thinking how awesome it would be to get some of these dinosaurs for the bathroom, done in black frames to match my bathroom mirror. And I’ve got some wedding pics we should probably frame.

CDH has some ideas for big, bold garden statues, and a stone circle, which I suppose is technically an art piece, but we were just going to use it for naked dancing.

I want to see links to your favourite artists and art pieces on these sites. Link me up in the comments!

2 Comments on “Badass artwork for your home

November 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Adding monsters onto old paintings from thrift stores is a brilliant and affordable idea:

November 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

@Katie – Ooooooh! I love this!

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