50 Pieces of Art You Can Buy on Etsy

There's a whole world of art on Etsy. Whether you're a casual collector or an art museum curator-in-training, shop unique wall art, sculptures and digital prints from artists all over the globe.

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August 03, 2020

Shopping on Etsy is like shopping all your favorite local art festivals, craft fairs and co-ops combined. The choices are endless, and it won't take long for you to find the perfect piece meant for you, no matter how specific your desires. That's the beauty of Etsy: nothing is too strange for the online retailer and its thousands of sellers. Want two dancing frogs printed onto a vintage French literary journal for your reading nook? You've got it. How about a custom metal sign for your wedding day that you can hang over the mantel for years to come? Or a print inspired by an oil painting of Danny DeVito? It's all on Etsy.

But we all know choice can be overwhelming, so to guide your journey I've picked out some of my favorite artists and shops, categorizing them for easy shopping. No matter your budget or the size of your home, you're bound to find something that speaks to you.

ART PRINTS

I'm a big fan of Los Angeles graphic designer Heather Perry. Many of her prints and greeting cards are based on original oil paintings (like that Danny DeVito painting we mentioned), but you can also find clothing and knitting designs in her Etsy shop. One of my favorites is this print fit for a guest room or entryway asking everyone's favorite question: "What's the Wi-Fi password?"

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Erin Hagerman's shop, Prints and Giggles, offers a midcentury modern take on your favorite movies. Each print comes complete with the cast, famous quotes and even a color palette. To top it off, each print features a quirky, iconic graphic from each movie — if you've seen it, you know it!

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Munea Wadud leaves little, but not hidden, messages in her prints, inviting you to take a closer look. She hopes to bring awareness to causes that support underrepresented minorities through her vivid art. We especially love her LGBT+ and plus-size model line drawings, which also double as coloring pages.

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PRINTABLE WALL ART

For instant gratification, many artists offer digital art downloads that can you can print at home in any size you need or any material. Digital files also allow you to reprint, so if you want to try a different size or make a gallery wall with the same print, you can.

Sure, our devices are smart, but are they "clean your cast iron skillet the right way" smart? The House of Tomorrow may still be a bit further off, but in the meantime there's this hilarious print from Printable Gallery Shop.

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CUSTOM ART

Looking for something truly one-of-a-kind? Whether it's a pet portrait or a monogram sign, Etsy artists often accept custom requests so you can buy art made just for you.

Your favorite song, a baby's heartbeat, a sentimental voicemail — preserve all those precious memories with sound wave art. Simply choose your design — the shop can print sound waves on its acrylic glass blocks in over 20 color options, plus you can choose to add text — and then submit your sound wave via email. For music, simply type in the song you want to use during check out. For just a few dollars more, the shop will print a playback bar code onto your art so you (or your recipient, if it's a gift) can listen to the audio.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographers also have a home on Etsy. Many sell a selection of prints, but some will accomodate requests if you want something specific. You can also find a collection of vintage photography prints, usually pulled from archives and made ready-to-print so all you have to do is frame and hang.

Heather first picked up a camera in 2014, when she and her husband (also a photographer) got married in Prague, Czech Republic. World travelers, Photo527 is a unique look into some of their adventures together: the photos are all tied together with a pink and pastel theme. This means you can fill your walls in an instant by purchasing multiple prints you like, or let Heather do the thinking for you and purchase a gallery wall photo bundle kit.

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Judy Konopka is a graphic designer based in Middletown, Connecticut. She curates and restores vintage photography, spending hours removing dust and scratches, filling in lost details and adjusting the exposure to make for a beautiful print. From historical moments to scenery to this 1934 snapshot of the Chicago Theatre, you're bound to find a memory that speaks to you.

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PAINTINGS

You can find original paintings on Etsy, too. Unlike prints and photography, originals are of course one-of-a-kind, so be sure to follow artists whose work you like.

We couldn't believe it either, but it's true: this is a watercolor painting by Kseniia Yeromenko. Based in the Ukraine, Kseniia studied fine art and graphic design at the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Fine Arts. She wasn't drawn to graphic design software and missed the experience of creating something with her hands. She found her artistic home working with watercolors, and began creating hyper-realistic paintings of food. It probably won't surprise you that she gets her inspiration from grocery shopping, and loves when people say her work makes them hungry!

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Based in San Diego, Josh Fillis creates mixed-media abstract paintings inspired by his natural surroundings. Using a variety of techniques and applications from paint pouring to palette knives, "Shoal" (pictured above) is an acrylic and oil pastel work "inspired by gestural movements and ocean forms."

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SCULPTURES

This sections doesn't really do justice to all the good sculptures on Etsy. Clay, metal, wood, fiberglass — there are pieces for every style and art lovers of all ages. Add interest to a bookcase or entryway console, or add a 3D element to your gallery wall.

Inspired by the iconic works of Jeff Koons, this miniature balloon animal dog is cast out of a polyresin material, and then painted with high-shine lacquer. White Faux Taxidermy shop also offers wall-mounted taxidermy animals cast from the same no-cruelty resin.

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Looking like something out of a video game or Studio Ghibli movie, this wool and felt bear carries a campsite made from foraged branches from the forest and preserved moss. We think it would be a perfect fit in a reading nook, kids room or anywhere you need to add a little magic.

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WALL ART

From metal art pieces to recycled wood works, these mixed-media pieces fall somewhere in between.

Offering wall art, bookends, planters and propagation tubes, you'll find a variety of metal wall art at Black Ivy Crafts. We love this minimalist world map, and you can also find script art and other designs that will fit any style.

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This art hits (almost!) all five senses. Art you can play with? Sign us up. Three wooden gears connect so you can rotate them by hand. To make matters even better, the piece comes ready to hang.

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