Some sources for cheap oil paintings include online auction sites such as eBay where you can buy direct from the artist and art clearinghouses that handle “starving artists” sales. You can also buy reasonably priced oil paintings through student shows at schools of art, craft and art fairs and thrift stores as well as at yard and garage sales.
Depending on your budget, buying a cheap oil painting can run from $2-3 to about $500 through a broker that handles painting liquidations. An easy way to start looking is visiting online auction sites such as eBay, where prices for oil paintings start well under $10 depending on size. Also, you can buy reasonably priced paintings at student shows put on by local schools, colleges and universities.
Another good source of affordable paintings is art brokers who handle so-called “starving artists” sales, liquidations of artists’ unsold inventory. While they charge higher prices, brokers such as Global Wholesale Art offer a wide variety of museum-quality oil paintings starting at around $200 unframed. You can also find starving artist sales at local art and craft fairs, and many hotels and conference centers advertise them as well. For the best prices on oil paintings with the most eclectic selection, shop yard, garage and rummage sales, where even very large paintings can cost as little as $5.