When you buy your first home, it’s hard not to get excited about how you will decorate it. Like most Black Millennials, you probably want to celebrate your culture in your home. One of the ways to do that is to support Black artists and display their art throughout your new abode. But how do you even find Black fine art in the first place?
To start, if you are active on social media, you can search hashtags such as #BlackArt and find up-and-coming and emerging artists who are selling artwork. There is so much untapped potential online that you can find that will give your home an exclusive, intimate feel.
Supporting Black Artists
Being a homeowner and showcasing Black art has been a custom of Black families for generations. We even see it in the media. On the show “Good Times,” the Evans family was known for their hanging picture of Black Jesus. It’s also how the now infamous “Sugar Shack” painting found new popularity after being seen on the show and one of Marvin Gaye’s last album covers.
Even back in the day, you would drive with your parents and see people selling Black art by the highways or busy intersections. Depending on where you grew up, if you had a candy store or candy lady in your neighborhood, you might have been able to catch a few glimpses of Black art in the cultural pockets of Black neighborhoods.
Where To Buy Black Fine Art Online
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Now that times have changed, artists now have more avenues to promote their art. The internet continues to be a tool where creatives and artists can find fans and customers for their art. But for Black fine art specifically, there is a growing pool of online destinations that are offering shoppers a one-stop-shop for Black artisans and the people who appreciate them.
Even though more and more artists are using platforms like Etsy and Redbubble to find new fans, the majority of artists still rely on their social media and word of mouth.
There are a number of artists who use a mix of hashtags to try to attract consumers who are looking to purchase and support Afrocentric fine art.
Here are a few places online where you can find Black art:
The Black Art Depo
The Black Art Depo is a website dedicated to selling Black art and Black cultural-inspired home goods. According to their website, they aim to be “the number one supplier of African-American art, gifts, collectibles and African decor in the world.”
It hasn’t been too long since Redbubble launched its “Celebrate Black History Month” category. Although February is over, it’s clearly not forgotten because additional artists and artwork continue to get added. All you have to do is click on an art piece that interests you, and you will be directed to the artist’s shop to buy a print.
Society 6 launched a category for Black artists to make it easier to search. This platform, similar to Redbubble, allows artists to make a variety of goods with their art. This means you can get your favorite painting as a handbag, T-shirt, or a throw pillow for your couch.
BLK MKT Vintage
Possibly one of the coolest vintage stores online, BLK MKT Vintage specializes in selling vintage pieces that reflect Black culture. Impress the elders in your family with original postcards from the Civil Rights Era, old-school Black movie posters, and original prints from Black artists.
Etsy is probably one of the first marketplaces online where Black artists started selling art. They have a category called “Black Art” to make it easier to find works by Black artists.
Make sure you bookmark these websites—they tend to have new artists and artwork often—and your home is sure to be a collection of the best Black artwork around.
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