Undoubtedly, art market has gained and maintained a strong influence in the overall cash flow, with individual pieces reaching peeks of almost $200 million in official auction sales in the year of 2015. Obviously, with such a rich market and its volume, a necessity for online interaction has been recognized and established. Artprice’s global art market annual report suggests that more than 95% of those participating in the art market are staying connected, and the increase in internet sales of the artworks goes to prove it. The ease of access that internet created makes every aspect of artwork sale easier: Cataloging and browsing is simpler for both parties, and with the size of the network it’s practically limitless; transactions are made with a few clicks of the mouse, transferring funds within minutes, and transport is safer and faster than ever.
With so many galleries, artists, styles and mediums to choose from, one can easily get lost in the artistic ocean compiled of both contemporary and traditional art. Whether you’re composing a delicate collection or simply wish to decorate the walls of your living room, finding the appropriate art can be troublesome. In this article, we’ve picked 10 great art pieces made by famous artists and some who are yet emerging, for anyone who might be interested in buying original art online.
Mr. Brainwash - David Bowie
Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a David Bowie painting in their collection, especially one made with such detail and vibrant coloring? Mr. Brainwash, a pseudonym for Thierry Guetta, is a provocative figure in the world of street art and known for appropriating copyrighted images from history, popular culture, and art history. Inspired by David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover, he made a number of his figures in different coloring. The David Bowie piece selling at Galerie Fleugel-Roncak was made using stencil and mixed media on paper, and radiates with bright red and pink that work well in contrast to his white and gray portrayed skin.
Ellen de Meijer - Virtual Love
A Dutch-born contemporary artist, Ellen de Meijer portrays human relationships in a postmodern society of 21st century. With a fine technique and a number of exhibitions behind her belt, a lot of her work has already found its way to exquisite art collections. Virtual Love is no exception to her mastery over canvas, using oil to paint a setting characteristic for her portfolio. The adult figures are devoid of emotion, either with a gadget in their hand or wearing gloves that symbolize societal obsession with sterilization and unattainable perfection. The children in her painting are the ones that show fear and aversion towards such life, which can be seen in the face lines. This 2014 painting is available for sale at UNIX gallery.
Jim Dine - Tool Box VI - Donald Duck
Born in 1935, Jim Dine was largely involved in the 1960s pop art scene, although his work draws from Abstract Expressionism and Dada assemblage and collage techniques. In the early 1960s, he started attaching objects of personal significance to the canvas, including paint brushes, screwdriver and wood pieces. The Tool Box series contains a number of complex images taken from industrial design magazines and engineering text-books, and in the case of Tool Box VI – Donald Duck, an image of Donald Duck, likely due to Dine’s American upbringing. Gradually adding pieces to the image, the piece represents a culmination of emotion and memory. Made in 1966, the piece is now available at ZOOART.
Jeff Koons - Puppy Vase
One of the most popular and influential artists of the postwar era, Jeff Koons is known for his reproductions of banal objects. His Balloon Dog (Orange) has managed to fetch $58,4 million, having been acquired by Greenwich collector Peter Brant in the late 1990s. Commissioned by three art dealers in 1992, he created a piece for the Arolsen Castle in Bad Arolsen, Germany: A 43 ft (13 m) tall topiary sculpture named Puppy. In 1998, a miniature version of Puppy was released as a white glazed porcelain vase, and it’s selling at Galerie Fleugel-Roncak.
Joana Vasconcelos - Filament I and II (Portfolio of 2)
Portraying characteristic features of decontextualization and mastery over color, Joana Vasconcelos’ Filament I and II (Portfolio of 2) truly consumes the viewer’s attention. Born in 1971, this Portuguese artist has dealt with feminism and other social and political issues through her work. Creating sections that are immediately noticed, as well as leaving room for discovery within the artwork, it indeed falls into the focus of the eye, making this piece excellent for collectors of any sort. Made in 2014, the signed and numbered piece that is part of an edition of 25 is available for sale at Weng Contemporary.
Price: 6,000 USD ($)
David Hockney - Henry and Christopher in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood
Being an English painter, print-maker, photographer and stage designer, David Hockney contributed immensely to the pop art of 1960s, and is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. At different periods of his long career that started after his graduation in the 60’s, he made a big number of portraits of his friends, family and lovers. One such piece is Henry and Christopher in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood made in 1967, portraying two friends, Christopher Scott and curator Henry Geldzahler, at ease in the iconic Chateau Marmont. A signed, dated and numbered screenprint on paper is available for sale, and can be acquired in an excellent state in the Woodward Gallery in New York.
Tom Wesselmann - Seascape Tit
One of the leading American pop artists of the 1960s, Tom Wesselmann has worked with collages, paintings, shaped canvases and even metal to transcend his ideas into reality. During the 60s, his work portrayed an accentuated, more explicit sensuality that can be seen in shifting from landscape to mostly the female figure. Making several Great American Nude pieces between 1965 – 1970, his other artwork also became more daring, narrowing down to isolate a single detail. One of such pieces is the Seascape Tit made in 1967, made by screenprinting in colors on wove paper. The colorful piece is steaming with voluptuousness, and surely is a welcomed addition to any collection.
Bernd and Hilla Becher - Forderturm Zeche Waltrop
Having influenced generations of documentary photographers and artists, the German duo of Bernhard “Bernd” Becher and Hilla Becher is best known for their series of photographic images of industrial buildings and structures. Known as “typologies,” these photographs illustrate a classification system or set of types, in this case industrial objects in post World War II Germany. Shown in groups, the prints allow comparison of various representatives of the same types of architecture shown from different angles and lighting, with ever-present grayness and cloudless sky. For any fan of photography or a collector, this timeless piece named Forderturm Zeche Waltrop is available for online purchase at Weng Contemporary.
Price: 2,500 USD ($)