The Best Online Galleries for Affordable Investment Art

The Best Online Galleries for Affordable Investment Art

virtual-gallery.jpgBelow is a list of some fantastic online galleries where you can purchase art for investment that won’t send you broke. Many of the artworks that you find for sale at these galleries are priced at under US$5000 which makes them an affordable investment for most people. All the galleries that I have listed display the prices of the work they have for sale and offer online purchasing. As with any purchase of art for investment, do your research before making any decisions to ensure that you make an informed and sensible decision.

Are You Generic:
The Are You Generic catalogue is an exhibition of wearables and print art intended to critique and reclaim our social and mental environments.

SF Camerawork:
Collect contemporary photographic work at prices substantially below market value while providing significant support to San Francisco Camerawork‘s artistic programming

Lower East Side Printshop:
Non-profit workshop that promotes and advances printmaking by providing professional facilities, classes, programs and public exhibitions

Mixed Greens:
Through its website, printed catalogue, gallery exhibitions and travelling shows, Mixed Greens has exposed a larger community to the engaging and thought-provoking work of dozens of artists. Currently, the gallery represents twenty-one artists, who are now at varying stages in their careers. The mission is to show work that is not only of contemporary interest, but will be of lasting art historical significance.

Eye Storm:
Eyestorm is the leading online gallery of limited edition contemporary art

With locations on both sides of the Atlantic, PicassoMio is independently rated as the world’s most popular destination to discover and buy curated modern and contemporary art

Photographers Do Not Bend Gallery:
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery is an art gallery dedicated to photo-based art

London Art:
Online gallery featuring the work of 900 plus artists from around the world

India Times Online Gallery:
The Times Group is known for its rich collection of art for many years now. And it is this age-old association that is leveraging to launch its own online art gallery – Indiatimes Art

Other Criteria:
Other Criteria is an independent publishing company that collaborates closely with artists on artist-based publications including books, prints, artist’s editions, posters and clothing.

White Cube:
White Cube was set up by Jay Jopling in 1993 as a project room for contemporary art. Although it was one of the smallest exhibition spaces in Europe, it was arguably one of most influential commercial galleries of the past decade

Peer Gallery:
Peer Gallery specializes in contemporary photography, video, works on paper and related media by established and emerging artists

Humble Arts Foundation:
Humble Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to advance the careers of emerging fine art photographers by providing grants and exhibition opportunities

Nick**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.


13 Responses

  1. Excellent post!
    For those unable to afford purchasing fine art they may want to look at the Fine Art Adoption Network ( their goal is to “uses a gift economy to connect artists and potential collectors. All of the artworks on view are available for adoption. This means acquiring an artwork without purchasing it, through an arrangement between the artist and collector. Our goal is to help increase and diversify the population of art owners and to offer artists new means for engaging their audience.”

  2. Great post. I believe the internet market for art is growing fast. Collector or ocassional art buyers will realize sooner than later that websites, if are well designed and show high quality photos of the art, are the best way to buy. You are at home, have time and nobody is bothering you.
    I would like to invite you to visit our 100% Internet based gallery. 525 ART. We represent both emerging and established artist from the South Cone of Southamerica and offer for sale original painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts and more. Diversity and quality in terms of art. But also focus in helping visitors in every possible way to enjoy the pieces, like a zoom in pictures to see details and textures, also one page for each work so can find and compare. Take your time and enjoy.
    Please add us to your online galleries list to visit.

  3. Dear C.,
    Thank-you for pointing out the Fine Art Adoption network which is a fantastic way for people to get involved in the art market and is also a great way for artists to promote their work.

  4. Thanks for posting this great resource. I have been wondering where to buy affordable art online, now I know!!

  5. Hi – Great site. I am trying to find a good
    on-line gallery for a mixed media painter friend. She has reservations about having her work on the internet but I think if she
    is in a reputable place that represents good
    artist she will get exposure. She lives in
    So. Calif. Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Linda

  6. Dear Linda,

    Thank-you for your comment and question. There are so many online galleries that it’s hard to recommend one without knowing a bit more about the artist who will be using it. You might like to point you friend to my post for artists on self promotion which can be found here:

  7. Good work Nick. I like your choices.

  8. HI Daniel,

    Thanks for the comment


    Nicholas Forrest

  9. great Post – and some great resources there!

    Another good place to look for art from living artists and the galleries representing them is ( – it is free of cheap reproductions and yard sale finds, and a place where the seller of the art is either the artist themself or the artist’s representative (with contract) from a gallery.
    Since there are no fees on the site, the artists are able to offer their work at a price that reflects the work’s value, rather than an inflated commission including price.
    There are over 7000 artists from around the world on, so it might be a good option for collectors interested in acquiring work by living artists for realistic prices.

  10. Thanks for the comment Janine, looks like a great site

    Nicholas Forrest

  11. I would like to give advice based on my experience selling my paintings with Picassomio. DONT DO IT! They do not pay their artists .They are the most unprofessional crew I have ever dealt with. If you need more proof check into reviews by fellow artist like myself who have been fighting to get paid for their paintings for almost a year!!

  12. Hi All,

    Just a quick reply to the previous post of selling art with online galleries and not getting paid.

    I sell independently and also through a number of online virtual galleries. Over the years you get to weed out the good from the bad.

    Yes selling through these sites will cost you a commission, but you know that up front so it’s added to the price you require.

    Here are the galleries I use, and recommend:

    Zeroone charge no commission!

    Hope this helps

    Darran 🙂

    • I’ve been leary of doing this and have recently been approached by a online gallery called New Art Originals. Not sure if they are on the up and up as I am having a hard time finding info on them. Have you heard of them?

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