Art in its various forms play a very crucial role in our lives. We buy paintings and sculptures for our personal and professional spaces, which add essence and liveliness to our surroundings. It celebrates the diversity of human connection and it’s amazing how it connects people across the globe, flouting all cultural differences by capturing something of what it means to be uniquely humane.
In order to cater to the artistic thirst of the people, there are online portals creating a bridge between the creative intelligentsia and the digital market. Following are a few art websites which are promoting artists and their works, and helping art enthusiasts discover and purchase art in any form they want.
Online art gallery, Anasha Art is an attempt to popularize Indian art in India and globally. At present, around 27 artists are enrolled with it, whose profile and works can be viewed individually and also collaboratively as displayed on the gallery page. The gallery shopping policies include free shipping, easy returns and cash on delivery. They also cater to the people who are not comfortable with online shopping by providing them with an option to contact their customer care centre for an offline purchase.
User needs to sign up with the website, and once the account is created he/she can share, promote and sell their artwork. Production (is of fine quality, as claimed by the company), packaging, shipping, payments and customer service will all be taken care by the company. Artists’ job is to devote his/her time and energy in creating more artistic pieces.
The products that it deals in are: cards, posters, t-shirts, hoodies, etc., covering a diverse range of genres’.
Artists can set their profits and decide the price. They can use the analytics tool to track and grow their audience. Also, they can retain their copyright by using metadata, watermark and download protection tools.
Paintcollar has a similar work model as Cupick. It offers designer merchandise created by artists. It provides a platform to the artists where they can sell their works. It is an online community wherein artist can share their creativity while earning profit, while the customers get new refreshing ideas.
It deals in four kinds of products- tees, laptop skins, canvas prints and posters. Artists’ create their accounts, after which they upload their designs, paintings or other forms of artworks. Artist create the products with their art on them using the product design tool.
Like Cupick, artists’ set their own profile margins. The products are manufactured and delivered by the company all over India.
Fizdi is another art website that deals in handpainted art. Headquartered in Pune, it delivers pan India and in 150+ countries abroad. It has around 500+ artists working with it and the firm also supports economically weak artist communities who lack opportunities to be visible in front of potential customers.
Like all other websites, artists need to register themselves in order to promote and sell their art.
Customers can streamline their painting search according to the subject i.e. the genre, by sizes, shapes, shades and also according to the purpose (like paintings for bedroom, living room, office etc).
The Artflute endeavour started in 2008, with an aim of providing online marketplace for artists. It deals in one of its kind sensorial prints. As the company claims, “the combination of pure cotton canvas, use of original pigment inks that leave an indelible print, a touch of texture and a fine finish of lacquer for longevity makes our sensorial prints irresistible for empty walls.” It has a diversified collection of art.
The company releases around 100 limited edition sensorial prints of original works globally. Customer can make an online payment for his/her purchase or opt for cash on delivery option.
Indian Art Collectors is another website in the domain for art lovers. Artists’ like other websites can make account and sell their work. The website also provides art advisory for people in finding the right art. They have paintings and other art works according to festivities and special occasions. The above shown image marks the onset of the festival ‘Baisakhi’.
Interestingly, the website also hosts an “artist of the week’ title. The particular page has a brief artist bio along with his/her interview and art works.
Best College Art website supports artists who have passed out from various art colleges. The website provides a platform for all aspiring college artists to carry on with their dream and establish a career in it. As the websites states, the platform is not only for college artists, anybody can be a part of it to incur revenue by selling their art.
The website has a wide range of categories under art forms such as paintings, photographs, sculptures etc. And it also holds yearly exhibitions to showcase its artists’ works.
Online art gallery Art Zolo gives their customers an option to search for paintings theme wise or by the name of its artist. It ships products pan India and also abroad. Along with paintings, it also deals in handicrafts.
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