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I’ve noticed that when artists and others discuss the virtue of online art sales, that much is assumed. Seldom is a distinction made between venues that clearly appeal to the home decor shopper and venues that actual collectors of contemporary fine art may frequent looking for new artwork to add their collections.
Artsy Home is clearly a home decor online sale site. Beside having *home* in their name, their sales categories include artisan crafted lamps, ceramics, tile and mosaic, fiber and textiles, weaving and wicker, woodworking, wall art objects, and seasonal painting, as well as photography and sculpture. As a painter, photographic artist, or sculptor, will your work be a better fit and actually sell on a home decor site such as Artsy Home, rather than in an online gallery? There are numerous online art galleries, such as Saatchi online and many more. We’ve put together an extensive list of clickable links to art sales venues that provide artists with many more options.
1St Dibs is a top online sales site with categories that include furniture, fine art, jewelry & watches, fashion, and collections. The 1St Dibs fine art items are sold from within storefronts that are operated by physical galleries using the platform to expand their sales into the online market. Each gallery pays the fees and expenses associated with setting up and maintaining their site shop, and many galleries continue to take their 50% commission for online sales. I am familiar with the process of getting into a 1St dibs gallery, since my artwork is represented in the Schroder Romero Gallery 1St Dibs Store. Schroder Romero is a Brooklyn, New York based art gallery that has moved into online sales, not only with their 1St Dibs store but also with their Schroder Romero Editions site. Within the 1St Dibs *collections* category, Schroder Romero Gallery is listed as a themed collection of fine art available for purchase.
I’m always on the look out in my research, for new and interesting ways artists might sell their work–including originals and licensing,editions, and merchandising.
The Power Plant Gallery and Shop in Toronto, Canada, regularly collaborates with artists to produce special edition artwork and merchandise sold exclusively by The Power Plant. The Power Plant brings the best of contemporary art home merchandise and editions to their shop. Moreover, all purchases help to support the gallery’s programs.
Also, over the past twenty-five years, The Power Plant’s ambitious publications program has produced a full selection of award-winning exhibition catalogues and art-centric publications.
Artists seeking more information on ways to sell their art, should the PDF resources lists that I continually update with new opportunities.
A full list of our PDF Resources for Artists:
New! in 2014 Photographers Resources: International Photography Reps and agents, galleries, print sales + much more
Resource list of Art Magazines, art blogs for artists to submit to increase visibility