How to buy art online

Bluethumb is the home of Australian artists. Having proudly sold 40,000+ Australian artworks since 2012 from a diverse range of talented Australian artists, you’ve come to the right place to find the perfect painting to suit your wall or budget.

Here are our top tips to help you discover and buy Australian artworks online with Bluethumb.

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1. Buy what you love.

The golden rule of art collecting. The paintings of Bluethumb artists cover an incredibly diverse range of styles, and budgets. Art is subjective, so go with your gut - what speaks to you - and you can’t go wrong. Even the world’s most experienced art investors will only buy artwork they love.

2. Filter and refine.

To buy art online, you first must be able to find it. When browsing new artworks on Bluethumb you’ll notice a number of search filter boxes on the left of the page. Use these to help refine the curation of artworks appearing on your screen.

For example, the Collection filter will help you to find Abstract Paintings or Landscape Paintings. The Medium filter Oil Paintings or Resin Paintings. The Size filter to find Large Paintings. And so on. Use these as much or as little as you wish to help narrow your shortlist.

Keep an eye on our collection of Staff Picks, themed Curations and recently Just Sold artworks for a burst of Australian art inspiration.

3. Favourite artworks and follow artists who catch your eye.

Having fun hunting - it’s addictive isn’t it! - though not quite ready to buy yet? Click on the little heart icon next to a favourite artwork to save into a collection of Favourites for later.

Or is there a particular artist you have your eye on? Click the Follow button at the top of their artist profile page. Doing this has the added benefit of sending you a handy email when the artist next uploads a new painting. You’ll have first dibs on the new work, and can revisit your Followed Artists here.

4. Take advantage of free shipping and free returns.

Bluethumb offers fully insured, free shipping to anywhere in Australia. Plus a 7-day free returns guarantee.

This means you have 7-days to try your new artwork out on your living room, office, kitchen or bedroom wall. If you change your mind, pack it up snug again and we’ll have it collected and returned.

Bluethumb not only offers free returns, we also cover the return shipping cost. This is important as we know you need to see this artwork at home, on the wall and be totally confident buying online.

5. Pay on your terms.

Buying art need not be expensive. Bluethumb has a fantastic range of affordable artworks for sale from emerging Australian artists.

To help you purchase a painting you may have fallen for, and manage your cashflow to suit your life, we offer a range of flexible payment options including Afterpay, Zip Money and our own Bluethumb Layby plan.

In addition you can also pay via credit card, Paypal or bank transfer. It’s up to you.

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6. Ask the Bluethumb team

Our local Bluethumb team is fast responding, knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions you may have.

Need help finding an artwork to complete a home decoration? Looking for a gift? Or need guidance on commissioning a special one-off painting?

Get in touch for free advice from our an in-house curator or interior designer.

There are three ways to get in touch:

  • Email
  • Call 1800-122-486 (M-F 9:00-17:00 AEST)
  • Chat online by clicking on the blue bubble bottom right of the screen

Or visit our Help Centre for common FAQs

7. Signup to receive collector news, tips & curations.

Let us do the hard work for you. Enter you email address to receive weekly content on Bluethumb’s best established and emerging artists, collecting tips, art trends and exhibition news.

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Are you an artist yourself? Read all about how to sell art online here, and join our community of 9,000+ Australian artist.

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Buying a Bluethumb artwork means you’re helping an Australian artist to have a sustainable career in the arts. This is something we whole heartedly support, so have a browse, find something that suits your wall and budget, and enjoy your very own original Australian artwork.

Happy collecting!