Bird's Nest by Keith Taylor archival pigment print
You probably know that one of the best ways to keep up with what is going on in the art world is to visit art galleries in every city you visit. But did you know that every year there are art shows put on by universities? This is one of the best ways to buy art. The artists are trained but they have not yet made a career so bargains are aplenty.
If you don't travel a lot or you are just too shy to go to a student show be sure to check out New Blood Art which specializes in affordable art for emerging artists from the UK. Locally, check out the University of Louisville's Belknap Gallery which has a variety of shows throughout the year.
Another option for good and affordable art is 20 X 200. This website describes itself best saying, "We introduce two new pieces a week: one photo and one work on paper. Each image is available in three sizes.* The smallest size is reprinted in the largest batch – an edition of 200 – and sold at the lowest price – $20. Hence the name 20x200."
Finally, the Saatchi Gallery salesroom online takes no commission from the artist and charges no commission from the buyers. All of the transactions go through Paypal. Perhaps the best part of this website is that there is an art forum, artists can create their own profiles, and there are a variety of mediums represented including painting, photography, and video art.