How to Get Original Art Without Going Broke

Cross and Naught, $159 each

Here's the thing about art: for it to really be impactful, it's got to have that look. You know the one. It has a certain sleek polish, yet there's a subtle handmade texture to whatever it is. Perfectly imperfect, if you will. And it's not easy to come by. That's why the gulf between investment-level gallery works and more readily available budget pieces is so wide. But one Brooklyn-based artist is working to change that.

According to the artist, Andy Blank, when you typically think of affordable art, most of us conjure images of shoddy and lackluster work—those mass-produced, machine-printed canvases or unappealing prints sold unframed. It takes a lot of work to make those things look cool. And for Blank, that's wasn't good enough. "I want to make art for absolutely everyone," he says. "Contemporary art should be handmade and always make you smile." Blank knew that he and his studio mates could produce quality, contemporary pieces and sell them at a reasonable price.

And they've done just that. For the past few months, the studio has released limited-edition works, none any more than $199. The pieces are made from museum-grade materials, expertly framed and shipped to your door for free. It's the easiest way to find something that speaks to your personal style and ensures that what you've got hanging on your walls is original and unlike anything your friends might have. The real question is which one's best for you? Here are a few of our current favorites, from a textured, twisted canvas to a sharp, black and white neon print which, thanks to the deep shadowbox frame, feels like an actual neon fixture


Not only do the pieces come fully-framed, they arrive with hanging instructions and all the necessary equipment (tape measure, pencil, wall hook).