10 best prints for under £100

Affordable art doesn’t have to mean mass-produced works. IndyBest finds some conversation-starting pieces by artists and illustrators to get on your walls

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From up-and-coming young illustrators to established names and past masters, we’ve found out-of-the-ordinary pieces for your home.

1. Malika Favre ‘ZODIA C’ Series: £65, malikafavre.com

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The French Illustrator’s pared-down but super-striking screen prints in limited colour palettes will make a big impact in smaller spaces. You don’t have to be on-board with star signs to enjoy the playful, elegant Zodiac series (30cmx30cm).

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2. Annu Kilpelainen ‘Hugs’: £60, annukil.com

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Just looking at the tropical-coloured tulips on this A2 screenprint transports us into holiday mode. The Finnish designer has said that her inspiration is the sunshine that follows the months of snow in her homeland. We’ll take one to get us through this freezing January.

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3. Joe Cruz ‘Pastel Portrait I’: £90, screameditions.com

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What do you get if you combine cool archive photography – like this profile snap of French actress Audrey Tautou – with thick strokes in vibrant pastel? London-based artist Cruz’s eye-catching prints. Subjects range from vintage Vogue covers to jazz musicians and he’s just done a collaboration with Whistles. Snap one up now while they’re still under three figures (50x42cm).

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4. Ros a Doyle ‘Black Backed Butterfly Fish’: £100, rosadoyle.com

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In primary brights and black and white, Doyle’s bold but intricate screen print is part of her Fish from the Red Sea series. Not quite a winter sun break to Egypt, but we reckon this a better investment (35cmx50cm).

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5. Jazzberry Blue Amsterdam Map: From £19.69, etsy.com

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These are not your average maps. Toronoto-based Jazzberry Blue’s giclée prints are cartographic works of art showing the layout – if not the place names - of your favourite cities, from Bangkok to Barcelona.

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6. Pate ‘Brixton’: From £35, placeinprint.com

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You don’t have to be a Londoner to appreciate graphic artist Pâté’s puns on areas in the capital. These little giclée prints make a great gift for anyone with an affiliation to the city, whether they’re lifelong Chelseaites or just have a soft spot for Streatham.

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7. Muro Buro ‘Freedom Is A Bike’: From £35, notonthehighstreet.com

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Here’s one for the MAMILs (or anyone who loves spending time on two wheels, IndyBest doesn’t like to discriminate). Attention-grabbing geometric shapes and evocative colours combine to make this one a talking point. Comes in A3 or A2 sizes, complete with appealing imperfections.

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8. Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson ‘Making the Engine’: From £39.99, allposters.co.uk

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Commissioned in 1917, Nevinson’s work of home-front propaganda during his time as an official war artist was part of a series of six lithographs showing the process of building an aeroplane. Bold and powerful, it will be the understated star of the room. Available in six sizes.

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9. Jean Jullien, ‘Bouee’: £80, shop.jeanjullien.com

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You might have seen Jullien’s work on the Tube or the Eurostar, but what the French graphic designer does best is depicting the – often ridiculous - nuances of everyday life. This fun print was part of his “The Beach” exhibition; others show dodgy white bits, melted ice-cream and the perils of changing on sand.

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10. Lou Taylor ‘Swimmers’: £50, etsy.com

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Last year, the makers’ market place, Etsy, held its first art exhibition, and Taylor was one of the chosen exhibitors. We saw this mesmerising art deco-style print, which started life as a series of paper-cut tiles, and made a note to remember the name. Comes printed on A3.

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Verdict:

Malika’s Favre’s bold pieces demand the eye’s attention as soon as you walk into a room. She’s a fast-rising star of the illustration world, so now’s the time to buy. If it’s a present you’re after, Jazzberry Blue maps or Pâté’s London prints are good ones for urbanites. 

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