Unfortunately Ikea can’t provide all your home décor…
Buying art for your home or office can feel like an intimidating experience. Not only do you want to find art that you will love for years to come, but as one of the true hallmarks of adulthood, you also want art that signifies the shift from ‘teenage bedroom décor’ (think: Ikea posters and Pinterest prints) to art that is beautiful, unique, and representative of who you are. We’ve explored our favourite stores to purchase art of various mediums, and collated them here for your perusal.
TWFINEART | Fortitude Valley
Located in the illustrious James St precinct, TWFINEART is made up of a knowledgeable team of curators who can guide you through their vast selection and even assist with choosing correct sizes for the size of your space. This unique curatorial assistance is one of the best available, and with their expansive selection of prints and original artwork, they can walk you through the process from beginning to end.
Artisan | Fortitude Valley
Artisan is a not-for-profit organisation that links innovative, local artists with passionate, like-minded members of the public. From one-of-a-kind jewellery, handmade homewares, are unique prints, Artisan will have you filling your home with authentic, hand-made pieces at amazing prices.
ANTLER and MOSS | Red Hill
Similar to Artisan, ANTLER and MOSS is about providing a platform for Australian creatives to showcase their locally crafted, artisanal goods for distinguished buyers. With an emphasis on contemporary crafted tableware, ANTLER and MOSS is for the adult that thinks art can extend to every room of the house, including the dining room and kitchen.
Okay, maybe this one is kind of cheating, but it’s such a great experience that we HAD to include it on the list. Cork & Chroma allows you to create your own beautiful works of art whilst sipping on a glass of your favourite wine. Bliss! If you provide the bottle of wine, they’ll provide all the materials, expert guidance, and banger tunes. We promise they will help you create something you’re actually proud to hang on your wall. They helped me!
If you’re after quirky and cool art that suits your laidback aesthetic (no stuff post-modernism here) then you need to browse the work available at Club of Odd Volumes. Club of Odd Volumes have created something unique, where artists submit their designs and art work and buyers can choose to have it printed on homewares and apparel. For those who want to add unique art to their homes (without taking the traditional route) Club of Odd Volumes should be your first stop.
Whilst 20×200 is not an Australian site, it’s so popular with locals that we had to include it. With thousands of items available from emerging and established artists alike, it’s not hard to find one (or two or three…) pieces to compliment your space. Regardless of your budget, you’ll have no problem finding something to suit you. In addition to their designer prints, they also have a wide selection of high-resolution prints of vintage photographs from the likes of Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange.
Blue Thumb Art is a massive online collection of Australian art. You can spend hours scrolling through their collection, finding beautiful pieces for any budget type – under $250 is a goldmine! Whether you’re after Aboriginal art, Impressionism, or Modern art, BlueThumb should definitely be on your list to check out.
Run by Emilya Colliver who has worked alongside acclaimed gallery owner and curator, James Birch (talk about street cred!), Art Pharmacy has a beautiful selection of collector art and prints. The premise of Art Pharmacy is that literally anyone can become an art collector – we can’t think of anywhere better to start.