Art Guide: Sourcing Original Art Online with Jessica Today

Photo: Tappan Collective

Some of you may have heard about my recent acquisition of two original paintings by Roger Etienne (see here). I was first introduced to Etienne when I stumbled upon two of his nude watercolors at an antique store and had since dreamt of adding them my collection. A few months after the fact, I found larger pieces of his at a flea market that I could not go home without. Although I have only used Etsy and antique shops as my original trustees, I have since been obsessed with sourcing original art.

Today’s ART GUIDE is built by Jessica Today of Jessica Today Designs and lists some of her favorite places to find original art pieces at a range of prices all from the comfort of a computer! Jessica explains, “A lot of the clients that I have worked with tend to prefer original artwork, and as an artist myself, I do too!”

ON WHY JESSICA LOVES SOURCING ORIGINAL ART


“Some of the upsides to buying original artwork is that it’s hand-produced, so there’s a greater level of depth and quality in the piece. It also gives you the chance to work with an artist to customize certain aspects of the piece, and therefore creates a story for you to share with guests. Lastly, original artwork is an investment. Years down the road, the artwork may be worth a lot more!”

A few other artists that Jessica discovered from her favorite online art shops: Kai Samuels Davis, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Lisa Golightly, Claire Elsaesser, Blake Daniels, Melike Kara and Torey Thornton to name a few.

Art Guide: Sourcing Original Art Online with Jessica Today

Sincerely by Heather Day

IF YOU WANT A PIECE FROM AN EMERGING ARTIST

Tappan Collective, Jessica’s number one go-to source, primarily focuses on emerging artists. Prices vary from $100 to $10,000. Tappan Collective was born out of the “desire to reinvent the art buying experience” in both the online and offline realms making art “comfortable, approachable and accessible to all.” Peruse through the company’s blog for exclusive interviews with featured artists, tailored to create insight and connection between artists and art collectors.

Tappan also fosters conversations to provide unique commissions and aids in building exclusive artwork for corporate and individual collections.

Art Guide: Sourcing Original Art Online with Jessica Today

Rip Matteson, Late 20th Century, Pastel, Charcoal, and Ink on Paper (left) & Forrest Hibbits, Mid 20th Century, Ink on Paper (right)

 IF YOU’RE ADAMANT ABOUT ANTIQUATED ART

Appropriately named the “Lost Art Salon,” this is a gold mine if you want to look for vintage artwork. The Lost Art Salon is a San-Francisco based gallery that specializes in the rediscovery of historically significant artists and the curation of fine art collections reflecting the major styles and movements of the Modern Era. The gallery’s showroom, open to the public, offers over 5,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and objects from the late 19th Century through the present, with a strong emphasis on 20th Century Modernism.

Bonus: purchasing a piece from here could save you the trouble of having to shop around for frames too. Jessica explains, “Many of their pieces are framed, so it can save you money on expensive framing costs in the long run.” 

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IF YOU’RE ON THE SEARCH FOR FINE ART

For a wide selection of high-end art, furniture, jewelry, and couture fashion, be sure to bookmark 1stdibs. Positioned as “THE WORLD’S LEADING ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS ON EARTH,” this is where you are more likely to find pieces from household names such as Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly. Their varietal filtering process makes it incredibly easy to narrow down your search results if you do not have the time to sift through all of their curated designer goods.  Interestingly, 1stdibs also has a photos section for interior design ideas should one need a bit more inspiration while perusing through its products.

Art Guide: Sourcing Original Art Online with Jessica Today

Velvet Rhodes, The Pink Fog (left) & Leigh Viner, Upon Wind and Rain (right)

IF YOU’RE WORKING WITHIN A BUDGET

Etsy has been a personal favorite and go-to for not only online shopping, but for curating custom items. Most shop owners can customize art by size and in recent years, Etsy has made it easy to request custom designs. Jessica shares that Etsy is also a great place for affordable original art. “It can take a bit of digging, but I like that I can ‘favorite’ shops.”

Art Guide: Sourcing Original Art Online with Jessica Today

Virginia Fauvre, Spring Marsh (left) & Hennie van de Lande, Delicate (right)

IF YOU’RE A FAN OF FILTERING

Claimed as “The World’s Leading Online Art Gallery,” Saatchi Art also has a great selection of art at accessible prices. “If you’re having trouble finding a piece that you like, they also offer a complimentary advisory service,” Jessica offers. In addition to that, you might find it helpful to peek through their themed “collections” section, resemblant of Pinterest boards. They also host a global event series titled “The Other Art Fair” where art lovers can meet and buy directly from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists.

LAST TIP: you can directly work with shop owners to find the perfect piece. Jessica spills, “Sometimes they’ll help with customization, or sourcing the right piece. The customer service is great on all of these websites!”

Jessica is also one of the selected designers for the upcoming 2017 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Her final design will include the work of an artist she discovered online, Kelsey Shultis

The collective goal of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is to provide funding to programs that benefit the community through diverse music programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, provide music as a vehicle towards health and healing, offer music education knowing that the study of music enhances other academic subjects, as well as cultural enrichment, and ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences. Learn more about Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Purchase tickets for the upcoming show taking place April 23 – May 21, 2017.

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