Where and How to Buy Oil Paintings
Thursday, 08 August 2019

Oil paintings are an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a little style and flair to their home or office. If you’re looking to purchase an oil painting, you may not know where to start. It might seem a little intimidating and you may not know how to go about purchasing an oil painting. Luckily, it’s easy when you know what to look for and where to look!

How to Know What You’re Looking for

Before you can begin the process of shopping for an oil painting, you need to know what kind of artwork you want. One distinction to make is whether or not you want original works or reproductions.

Another point to consider is the size and scheme of the oil painting. You’ll want to find one that fits comfortably in the room where it will be housed, and it shouldn’t clash with the decor that’s already there. You’ll also want to consider what you would like the artwork to say about you and your space. Consider the feeling that you would like the artwork to elicit in guests. You’ll want a painting that reflects your personality, while also staying true to your home’s decor.

Auctions and Estate Sales

If you’re looking to buy cheap oil paintings, auctions, estate sales, and antique stores are a great place to start your search. These places are likely to have a variety of oil paintings, mostly original pieces from lesser or unknown artists. This is also a great way to find artworks near you so that you can see the artwork in person before you purchase it.

One problem, though, is that you are not guaranteed to find an oil painting that you like at every auction or estate sale you go to. You may go to one auction and find nothing, or go and find three paintings that you love. While this can cause some uncertaint, it does make finding a painting much more special.

Online Stores

A much more convenient way to look for oil paintings is to go online. You can find oil paintings for sale on websites all across the internet and it allows you to get out of the “near me” constraints of in-person shopping. You can order some paintings off of online auction websites like eBay, or even on the websites of specific artists. This is perfect if you're looking for original work, but not so much for reproductions of famous paintings. For quality reproduction works, you’ll need to look for specialized websites where you can buy museum-quality reproductions of famous artwork for relatively cheap.

One online store where you can buy oil paintings is 1st Art Gallery. This website sells museum-quality reproductions of famous oil paintings. On this site, you’ll be able to find artworks in different styles, including impressionist, modern, renaissance, baroque, and orientalist. Within each style, you can narrow your search by looking at any of the artists that painted in that style. This makes it easy to find specific oil paintings if you have one that you’d like to find.

If you’ve searched on 1st Art Gallery, but haven’t found the oil painting you’ve been looking for, don't worry. You can request a quote for the artwork and they will make a reproduction oil painting for you. This could be of an existing work that you’d like a copy of, or it could be a photo or other item that you want to be replicated in an oil painting. You can submit a reference for the item and they will send you an oil rendering in the form of a painting on canvas.


Oil paintings are a form of artwork that is unlike any other. Oils provide a depth and beauty that is different from acrylics, watercolors, and other types of paint. If you think an oil painting could add to your home or office, you should buy a painting and give it a try.

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