For as long as there’s been a canvas (rock or otherwise), art has been a form of expression. So shouldn’t those bare walls in your home be an expression of you? Art has the ability to personalize a space while bringing in comfort and interest. Plus, it can boost your mood and help you to express yourself when you can’t find the words. Curating your own collection, however, can take time and patience. To help get you started on your search for the perfect pieces, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to buy art online in Canada.
In Toronto, ArtMatch’s Vandy Midha and Rishi Midha connect art lovers with local Canadian artists daily. The curated, online gallery is comprised exclusively of original works, and each featured artist has their own unique offering. There are styles and themes to suit every taste, and the shop offers a complimentary digital mock-up so you can see how the piece will look in your space before you buy it. Because the shop is online-only, it also boasts lower commission fees than regular galleries. Translation? More of your cash is going towards the artists themselves.
Canadian Fine Art Online
If you’re looking for 20th century Canadian art, Montreal’s Canadian Fine Art Online specializes in those pieces with a specific emphasis on artists from the Canadian Group of Painters, Contemporary Art Society artists, Automatistes and some independent Quebec artists as well. The gallery has a number of post-war and contemporary Canadian art pieces for sale, all of which are professionally packaged and shipped free within Canada. Don’t love your piece after all? The gallery offers a 15-day return policy.
In Port Williams, NS, Canadian professional artists and hobbyists alike can submit their original works for consideration to Herringbone Gallery. . The online gallery then exhibits a selection of unique offerings (drawings, paintings, macramé and more) to buyers. If you see something you like, the artist ships it directly to you at no extra cost. Herringbone is all about making art accessible to everyone and shedding any pretention, all while helping you to adorn your walls with artists who are passionate and creative.
This Ottawa-based gallery has spent 50 years celebrating Canadian art both in-person at the country’s largest commercial art gallery and now online. Koyman Galleries represents more than 175 established and emerging Canadian artists with an array of styles. Whether you’re looking for a painting or a photo, there is a large selections of mediums and subjects with a piece to suit every style—and budget.
This Mississauga, Ont. based shop has been shipping fine art prints, posters and even custom framed photos online since 2001. Their catalogue includes thousands of niche and popular artists plus images from across the globe, and they sell everything from prints to images on canvas and wood. The artGalore mantra is to keep it simple: adorn your walls with beautiful prints that catch your eye, and all at a reasonable price.
In Montreal, Citizen Atelier is all about showcasing timeless art from around the world. Each carefully curated open- and limited-edition piece comes from a range of international artists with a focus on the contemporary arts scene. Art dealer Alessandra Salituri is all about pieces with a romantic, bold and ethereal aesthetic, but there’s something for everyone no matter what your personal tastes or budget.
Lumas boasts 22 galleries worldwide, but the Toronto location offers Canadians a chance to select art online from the comfort of their own home. There are selections for every budget, ranging from under $50 to under $2,000, with various formats to choose from. Whether you’re looking for animal photography, a limited edition or a classic print, this gallery has you covered.
In 2003, Megan Less and Mark Hunter opened the doors to Canvas in Toronto, but these days the duo also make a point of selling their curations online across the country. Their mission is to create a welcoming space with works from local and national working artists, and they’re happy to work with customers to find the artist and work that is right for them. Not sure what’s right? You can also browse the collections online, try them digitally to see how they’ll look in your space, and easily add them to your cart.
Local art, accessible everywhere, is the mandate at Montreal’s Gallea, where an inclusive network of artists submit their pieces for interactive and engaging exhibits. The gallery offers an array of themed collections like women in art, queer art, maritime art and more, plus you can browse curated collections from nine different cities and provinces for a more specific vibe. What’s unique about this gallery is it wants you to know the artist as much as it wants you to take in the art, creating an in-depth story with every purchase.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery has been around since 1931 and is one of the most respected visual arts institutions in North America. The gallery is known for its groundbreaking exhibitions and showcasing the accomplishments of First Nations artists. It also offers a comprehensive online shop with jewellery, designer giftware, posters, paper goods and other trinkets, so even out-of-towners can take advantage of the gallery’s artistic philosophies.