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Outfitting your walls with art isn’t an easy thing. You can drop serious amounts of cash at your local art gallery, buy mass-produced cheap-o stuff from your everyday chain stores or go with beautiful, reasonably priced and unique photography with a serious travel lean.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the latter. Here are the best places to buy wanderlust-inducing art online, the kind of stuff you can stare at on a daily basis, feel proud to hang on your walls and showcase with major pride — bonus points for only buying art of places you’ve actually seen with your own two eyes.
Delivering museum quality prints at insanely affordable prices, Archive-E is your best option for those wanting quality art at the absolute fairest price. With a heavy focus on the ocean and the beach, this art is ideal for the coastal-obsessed who love surf, boats and the bluest of waters. Everything they sell is laid-back and incredibly tasteful, with style that still feels modern despite the fact that your grandfather could have taken 90% of the photos.
Hanging out of a helicopter over beautiful sandy beaches is a regular assurance for Gray Malin, who has made a name for himself as one of the premier aerial photographers in the world. In one of the smartest creative-to-business moves in some time, he’s expertly maneuvered himself into a brand, à la Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren — but for photography, not fashion. With a handful of products that range from beach towels to iPhone cases to coffee table books, his biggest standout is most certainly framed photography, which runs in limited editions and varies in size and price. You can’t really go wrong with anything he does, but his St.Barths collection is particularly breathtaking.
Sonic Editions is a UK-based photography shop that made its name in the business by selling iconic snaps of cultural legends like Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie. Now, it’s expanded its offerings with a “Cities & Travel” collection that includes shots from all over the world, many of which are from way back in the day. Ranging from a dive bar in Havana to a street performer on Portobello Road to the moodiest of Venice Beach shots, their catalog is a little darker and has more attitude than the aforementioned brands. One could even say, like Hendrix and Bowie, it’s a bit more rock and roll.
Where are your favorite places to buy travel-inspired art?
Featured image courtesy of Gray Malin.
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