I want to fill my living space with art. Looking for: oversized posters and prints with high quality and reasonable cost, original work by fringe/unknown artists, and objects that could be hung like art (tapestries, quilts, etc.).
I'm in the Central Valley in California, so I can travel pretty much anywhere in the state without too much trouble: San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Sacramento, whatever.
Ordering stuff on the Internet is good too, but I do have fears that I would spend a lot of money for a reproduction or original that disappointed me once I saw it in person. I would want whatever I order to look great from inches away--little to no artifacts, etc.
(Detailed grain from film being blown up would be great, but digital blockiness indicating a too-low-res source would not be okay.)
I like most Maxfield Parrish, but I get the feeling he is the exception rather than the rule. Illustrators are generally not my thing. I like to see brush strokes. I like energetic compositions. I tend to shy away from the abstract.
None of that is set in stone. Just an idea of my taste.
Super large photography prints would be great. I don't know what kind of photography I like.
I don't really like Paul Klee, but I do like Twittering Machine a lot.
I really, really like Balthus
Nocturne in Black and Gold
is a favorite.
Huge prints would be excellent. Originals from unknown artists would also be great. Size is not a make or break issue. I just think it would be neat to have a large piece of art to look at.
I am on a budget.
Specific recommendations (i.e., not just "Maybe Something by This Artist" but more like "This Print of This Work from This Online Retailer I Have Used Before and Can Vouch For") would be preferred.