Best places to sell art online

There are plenty of reasons to join an online gallery platform as an artist or photographer:

  • more and more art sales are made online
  • the artist can get a lot of exposure
  • exhibitions online reduce the costs to a minimum: no travelling expenses, no flyers and posters, no printed invitations
  • online galleries can make the sales procedure more secure
  • their terms and conditions protect not only the customer but also the artist
  • most online galleries also provide tools for communication between the artists
  • to sell through a gallery separates the ‘business’ part of the artist’s job from the ‘idealistic’ part which is usually prominent on the artist’s own website
  • most contracts with online galleries give the artists more freedom and independence than contracts with other galleries
  • most online galleries take less commission than offline galleries
  • last but not least: many online galleries are open for every artist. There is no fear of being rejected before you even get a chance to show your work to the public.

Which are the best online galleries for artists?

My own recommendations:

1. Saatchiart

http://www.saatchiart.com

Based in LA, launched 2008

First impression: professional

Mainly used by professional artists and photographers

Price range: $100 – $75,000.00

Who can apply? everyone

How to apply? sign in and upload your artworks

Pricing: 30% commission

Curation: for inclusion on main page and featured areas

Social Media: Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram

Extras:

Community tools: yes

Social Sharing: Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr

Blog: yes

Extra promotion: yes

Newsletter: yes

More: Showdowns, artists curate collections etc.

Print on demand: yes

PLUS:

  • very interactive
  • very professional
  • great exposure
  • great social media promotion

2. ArtFinder

https://www.artfinder.com

Based in London, launched 2010

First impression: professional

Mainly used by professional artists and photographers

Price range: €1.00 – €50,000.00

Who can apply? every artist

How to apply? submission form

Pricing: 30 % commission

Curation: yes

Social Media Presence: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram

Extras:

Community Tools: no

Social Sharing: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+

Blog: yes

Newsletter: yes

App: YES

Print on demand: no

PLUS:

  • ArtFinder App

3. at60inches

http://www.at60inches.com

Based in NY, launched 2013

First impression: professional and creative

Mainly used by professional artists, photographers and designers

Price range: $50.00 – $28,000.00

Who can apply? everyone

How to apply? submission form

Pricing: no information

Curation: for inclusion on main page

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Extras:

Community tools: no

Social Sharing: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, WordPress

Blog: yes

Extra promotion: yes

Print on demand: no

PLUS:

  • creative web design
  • nice introduction for collectors
  • great marketing ideas

4. New Blood Art

http://www.newbloodart.com

Based in London, launched 2004

First impression: professional

Used by professional artists and photographers

Price range: £30,00 –£4.500

Who can apply? every artist

How to apply? submission form

Pricing: 40 % commission

Curation: yes

Social Media Presence: Facebook, Twitter

Copyright protection: yes

Extras:

Community tools: no

Social Sharing: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest

Blog: yes

Extra promotion: group shows

Newsletter: yes

Print on demand: no

PLUS:

  • professional platform for emerging artists

5. artlimited

http://www.artlimited.net

Based in France, launched 2005

First impression:professional and creative

Mainly used by professional artists and photographers

Who can apply: every artist

How to apply: register and upload (no fees, no limitations)

Pricing: no commission

Curation: featured artists in specific areas, curated by the audience and professionals

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Google+

Extras:

Community tools: yes

Social Sharing: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn etc.

Blog: yes

Extra promotion: yes

Newsletter: yes

Print on demand: no

PLUS:

  • very interactive platform

6. Imagekind

http://www.imagekind.com

Based in NC, US, launched 2006

First impression: prints of various themes and quality

Used by artists and photographers who are selling prints of their work

Price range: $10 – $400 (without frames)

Who can apply: every artist

How to apply: register and upload (free for basic membership, $7.99 for Pro, $11.99 for Platinum)

Pricing: no commission

Curation: no

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr

Extras:

Community tools: yes

Social Sharing: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Houzz

Blog: yes

Extra promotion: priority placement for pro and platinum members

Print on demand: yes

PLUS:

  • no commission and unlimited upload for all members
  • the artist can run his own ads on his profile
  • extra commission for frames

I’m very grateful for any comment: anything to add or correct?

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