$200 Can Buy You an Original Artwork at This Monthlong Fair

You might just be collecting a piece by the next big artist.
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Photography by Matthew Williams

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Getting a notable piece of art for your apartment doesn’t need to cost six months’ salary—just a trip to the Affordable Online Art Fair. After the pandemic stopped all in-person events last year, the founders launched a digital version of the showcase of prints, paintings, and mixed media from galleries around the world. It was such a success that they’ve brought it back for a second year—going on now through May 3. (For anyone looking to go IRL, the New York edition is returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion May 20 to 23.) The online fair sells works priced from $100 to $10,000—here are some favorites for $200 and under that we’re looking to add to our collections. 

 Ices, Bexhill-on-Sea, 2020, by Richard Heeps

Anyone who wants April showers to end should pick up this photographic print to add a dose of warm weather to their wall. Put a matte black frame around it and let the deep blue hue transport you to the British seaside, where the work was taken. 

Watermelon Chillax by Lola Luk

Mix up the shapes in your gallery wall with a mounted sculpture like this resin-cast Popsicle, just shy of 2 inches tall. The artist has a series of different colors available, so feel free to get a few—just like when the ice cream truck would come down the street in the summer.

 Small Head on Stand by Guy Routledge

Or pull your collection off the wall and onto the coffee table. This ceramic piece is great to style on top of a stack of books for some welcome height. Routledge has also been commissioned for big, public sculptures throughout the U.K., so scoop up an original of his while it’s still within your budget.

Geranium by Martin Parker

The artist uses the blooms in his garden and greenhouse at home in Cambridge, England, as the subjects for his photographs. This 15-by-18-inch print is being offered in a run of 25, but larger options are available by getting in touch with the gallery.

 London Map by Cat Santos

After running a T-shirt printing business for 30 years, Santos realized how receptive the surface of clay was to taking on pattern. Study the lines of her ceramic road maps—like this one of London on a stoneware vessel—and then recall each detail in person when the day comes that we can travel again.

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