15 NYC Artists Offering Prints Under $200
Over the last year, many of us have transitioned to remote work, developed housebound hobbies, and generally developed a new, more intimate relationship with the spaces that we call home. If you’re like me, that meant learning to make sauerkraut and accruing an unreasonable amount of house plants, but it also pushed me to create a more engaging space for myself, where I could wake up to art that moved me and pushed me to look into my own creative philosophy.
Although art collection is often framed as a hobby that is only accessible to wealthy elites, having a house full of work from talented, contemporary artists is an attainable goal for a modest budget if you know where to look. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the work of these NYC-based artists, whose pieces are available, whether as originals or prints, for under $200.
(And they’d make some pretty great gifts for your creative loved ones over the holidays!)
Nehemiah Brent’s film photography is a loving look into the rising artists, musicians, and thinkers of New York City and Brent’s second home, Massachusetts, in vibrant, living color. From models to writers to emcees, Brent captures the creative people surrounding him in beautiful, dynamic portraits that feel like a sunny slice of a place and time.
gggrimes is a New York-born illustrator, whose intimate illustrations center on queer, BIPOC characters in richly imagined spaces. Their work has been exhibited nationally, and their voice is an important one in the larger discourse of trans and nonbinary representation in contemporary fine arts. The characters they portray feel thoroughly lived-in, and they are often portrayed in richly imagined spaces that provide both a narrative context for the illustrated scene and a time capsule of the queer, black experience today.
gggrimes’ work is available on their website. Follow them on Instagram to hear about drops as soon as they happen so you can get your hands on one of this popular artist’s prints.
Through his artwork, which he has described as “collages in awe of the world,” Luis Martín welcomes us to see through his eyes. The Brooklyn-based collagist draws from personal narratives to create his pieces, but his ultimate goal is to make the individual experience a universal one.
Martín sells his striking and provocative yet accessible works through Saatchi Art, where his prints begin at $100, and many of his originals are available for less than $500 as well.
Few artists can match the raw energy of Dom Rabalais, more commonly known by their stage name, Real Dominic. Beloved for their delightfully unhinged live performances, punchy music, and a playful, unfettered painting style, Real Dominic is a cult fixture in New York’s punk and DIY scenes and a popular touring musician.
Real Dominic’s unframed, original paintings are available at extremely affordable prices, and they also sell their designs in myriad forms, from face masks to throw pillows. Sign up for their mailing list to stay up to date on releases of new original works, which typically sell out within hours.
Printmaker Chris Smith jokingly refers to his work as a second form of ‘street art’, images he creates using found objects from infrastructure, such as street signs, rusted metal, and abandoned lumber. His most recent collection is a series of prints on found materials inspired by Smith’s own photographic images of graffitists and muralists at work.
Smith’s work can be found on Saatchi Art, where his originals and limited edition prints are available starting at $150.
Denise Wong is an accomplished visual artist and curator, who has worked with such institutions as the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and Columbia University, where she coordinates curatorial opportunities for graduate students. Wong’s art has an organic feel, and often reflects natural features of the landscape. She combines such varied techniques as fluid washes and textured brush strokes with a cool palette and natural shapes to give her work a duality between calm and dynamism.
Wong’s limited edition, handmade prints are available through the shop on her website, and you can find slightly less scarce archival prints of her work at Minted.com.
The Brooklyn-based Keigo Prints, founded and run by master printmaker Keigo Takayashi, is home to a lineup of some of the best living printmakers, whose work is shown in both fine art settings and throughout the urban landscapes of the city. Collective member Evan Hecox, who cites influences as diverse as Japanese prints, Bauhaus typography, and American folk art, has placed his versatile work in galleries, parks, and on the decks of Chocolate Skateboards.
While many of Hecox’s prints go for thousands of dollars, you can occasionally find less expensive print editions through his shop on Artsy. Scoop them up while they’re available, these pieces go fast!
Richard A. Chance
Richard A. Chance’s punchy, often comedic illustrations use pastel shades and subtle distortions of perspective and form to create engaging peeks into black culture and street scenes, as well as companion pieces to stories in publications including New York Times, Playboy, and many more.
His work is available through his website at extremely affordable prices, but his print drops sell out very quickly, so keep an eye out for his media collaborations and gallery exhibits as well.
Contemporary NYC artist Kevin Patterson, who uses the nom de plume PPLPRSN, makes unsettling art meant to drive at sociopolitical points from a fantastical perspective. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., PPLPRSN says that the borderline-surreal contrast between rich and poor neighborhoods in his home city inspired his otherworldly and abstract approach to the very terrestrial issues of race, class, and those strange little details we take for granted in our everyday lives.
PPLPRSN’s work is available at his website, where prints are available at low prices for limited runs.
There is something undeniably satisfying about viewing and handling art that has been created using traditional, hands-on methods. Mike Selbach uses centuries-old techniques in the creation of his woodblock prints. He even produces his images, all on cotton rag archival paper, using a 110-year-old, cast iron press!
Selbach views his finished prints not as static representations, but as active commentaries on the process of artmaking, and the site of a visual debate on the roles of artist, subject, and medium in the creation of the fully realized image. He typically produces small runs or single print editions, which are available through Saatchi Art.
Brendan Wenzel is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of children’s books and Caldecott Award-winner for his 2017 book They All Saw a Cat. His illustration most frequently draws from the natural world, especially the animal kingdom.
Wenzel’s bright and joyful wildlife illustrations are available as prints on his website, where he donates a portion of his proceeds to wildlife conservation.
Julia Rothman, who bases her painting practice at her home studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn, creates paintings and illustrated books, often focusing on the architecture, lifestyles, and history of New York City. Rothman has also dedicated much of her time to organizing for the visibility of female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists from around the world through Women Who Draw, a curated directory of female and gender nonconforming cartoonists and illustrators.
Rothman’s work can be found in many forms, including original paintings, but also stationery, wallpaper, and even temporary tattoos, on her website. Her prints are available through 20×200.
Simon Cooper’s studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, is a striking visual in itself. Cooper’s original works, which range from small pen-and-ink drawings to room-sized oil paintings, with shared motifs of bold lines and striking blocks of primary color across formats, fill a bright, sparse space. Cooper is explicit about the influence of historical art styles, calling his own images “a collaboration with artists of the distant past.” Using an aesthetic that draws from sources ranging from medieval portraiture to De Stijl abstraction.
Cooper’s original work is available starting at $100 on the artist’s website, but this is another artist whose work sells quickly, so you’ll need to check in often to scoop up one of these lively yet historical tableaus.
Margaret Ann Withers
Self-taught sculptor, painter, and cartoonist Margaret Ann Withers creates artwork that is at once whimsical and menacing, as if Wassily Kandinsky were interpreting a Dr. Seuss story. She takes inspiration from the sporadic, unhinged imagery of dreams as she crafts surreal landscapes, noting that she begins each painting with a narrative in mind, but allows it to twist and atomize itself as the image comes into being.
Withers has exhibited and sold her original paintings throughout the world, and prints of her work are available through Saatchi Art starting at $125.
Saigon-born architect, artist, and writer Yen Ha often draws on the most mundane details of daily life to create her whimsical work. Her current print collection, which features repeating patterns of rice grains with gold leaf accents added by hand to each print, is deceptively simple and visually striking.
Ha’s work revolves around the meticulous recording of everyday items to create visual products with a mystical quality that challenges our typical perspective. Her work can be found on her website.
Jimmy Mezei began his artistic career in a rather unusual spot: the bottom of a pool. Mezei, who is based in Brooklyn, credits a summer job constructing pools as his introduction to many of the modes of fabrication that make up his diverse body of work today. Mezei works in 2D and 3D media to create objects and spaces that invite the viewer to reflect on unobserved assumptions and overlooked beauty. He has also cited Seinfeld, a show famously ‘about nothing’, as an inspiration for his comically melancholy material.
Mezei is a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is also affiliated with the digital collective Analog Research Lab in Menlo Park, California. His prints are available on digital marketplace 20×200 starting at $75.
For more from the New York City art scene, check out our previous article on New York street artists.
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