It's probably too late to buy any of the following for Christmas, because there's no way it'll arrive in time. There's still plenty of time to buy art prints for yourself, though, because they are a sound investment in making your apartment or your cubicle way less dreary.
Take, for instance, the above photograph from Chris McVeigh. Chris is an author and illustrator from Nova Scotia who specializes in Legos, Star Wars toys, and chipmunks (real, live ones,) interestingly enough. So clearly, he's a man after my own heart. You can see all his work at his Flickr, or order prints of some of his more popular photos (and t-shirts, too!) at his Red Bubble store.
If you're not in to Lego play, maybe click the "more" link to see what else we have behind the curtain:
(Everything is clicking to embiggen, please.)
Periscope Studio is a collection of many talented comic book artists. The print at the right is Steve Lieber messing around with mermaids. (Lieber is responsible for the awesome that was Whiteout. A genius in black and white.) There are also lots of comic book character prints, too, if you're looking for that sort of thing. Personally I like to branch out with my art prints, which is why I own one of the following:
Dave Macdowell is a wizard (haha, see what I did there?) with acrylics. The original painting went for $700, and I was never more sad to not have $700 in my life. Luckily, Dirty Pilot has poster prints available, and I snapped one up to hang in my work room. Check out Dave's other works for trippy pop culture montages of awesome.
Speaking of pop culture, I am a sucker for Star Wars and Muppets references. James Hance has those in spades. I was a little confused because I loved his version of The Kessel Run (Han and Chewie as Calvin and Hobbes,) and then I saw it by a different artist on TeeFury this summer. I'm not sure whose version came first, but for $10 you can have a print of James's to hang in the library.
I saw this online a while back and struck up a conversation with its creator, Avid Liongoren. He's in the Philippines, so it's been a while since he could set up a shop with prints for sale, but now here it is! Avid is a filmmaker and an illustrator, and has a really cool style that I dig. I dig it 'til China.
Last, but not at all the least, is Tara McPherson. I saw her work years ago in Magnet magazine. It was an article about cool concert posters. Hers stood out to me immediately, and over the years I have collected her art books, including a coloring book with black and white versions of her prints. By far my favorite of hers is the Death Cab for Cutie poster from 2003. I don't believe it's for sale or in print anymore, but there is still quite a bit of stuff in her store.