The 10 Best affordable art prints
A well-chosen print, be it worth £5 or £500, will pep up your walls and, if you’re lucky, it may become a collector's item
Tuesday 26 November 2013
1. An Opera of Canaries by Woop Studios
Two of Woop Studios’ co-founders were graphic designers for the Harry Potter films. Like the franchise, their collective-noun series will find fans in children and adults. The blues and yellows make this poster sing (pun intended). The best of the rest – all limited editions – include a smack of jellyfish, an aurora of polar bears and a dazzle of zebras.
From £79, woopstudios.com
2. Ah! Storm clouds rushed from the Channel coasts by Patrick Caulfield
This summer’s Caulfield retrospective at Tate Britain reignited interest in this great British artist. With its flat block colour, heavy black lines and an architectural subject, this classic example of his work will look striking on plain walls.
From £25, tate.org.uk
3. Whistlejacket by Stubbs
Hanging in the National Gallery, the original work by the 18th-century painter of horses has fantastic impact. As a print, the neutral background gives it an oddly modern feel. Team with a simple frame and go for the extra-large version really to make a statement.
£50 (extra large), nationalgallery.co.uk
4. Fjoluraut Pall Print by Kristjana Williams
Inject some colour with this bold design by the talented Icelandic-born illustrator. Her work is inspired by intricate Victorian engravings and brought bang up to date with vivid bright colours. She’s caught the attention of critics, not least for this stunning butterfly.
5. Nimbus by Berndnaut Smilde
The Dutch artist Smilde’s photograph of his 2010 indoor-cloud installation is as stunning as it is clever. The blue and red contrast with the ethereal cloud – made using smoke machines, moisture and dramatic lighting. Signed by the artist, this image is one for budding collectors.
6. The Snail by Matisse
In his later years, the Frenchman lost the ability to paint and turned to collage. The Snail is a great print for kids’ bedrooms: the bright colours and abstract shapes will get little imaginations going.
7. Walking Around My World by Tracey Emin
The Turner Prize nominee Emin’s scratchy sketching style is as recognisable as her neon signs. Romantic, soft and very pretty, this print is one of 300 and comes signed by the artist. A beautiful image that will rise in value.
8. Seven Dollar Party Dress by Ben Lowe
Many of Ben Lowe’s cool, often abstract works are inspired by his travels. This, the result of a shopping trip in New York, is an emotive, accessible piece that’ll be the star of the show in a light room.
9. Picasso by Stephen Davids
Who knows what the Spanish master would have made of this simple portrait? Whatever the verdict, Stephen Davids’s almost childlike sketch (produced exclusively for Habitat) will add a bit of fun to your walls – and make your guests do a double take.
10. Death, 1984 by Gilbert and George
This iconic 1980s work was part of a series of four – the others are Hope, Life and Fear. Created in the midst of the Aids epidemic, then as now, it’s a bold, divisive piece – a guaranteed talking point.
From £25, tate.org.uk
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