On the internet, there is no trouble finding artwork to buy. There are scores of online portfolio websites, such as Fine Art America and Deviantart. Many artists also sell art through avenues like Ebay and Etsy. These days it is very common for artists to have their own portfolio website, where they can present their art the way they want.
Buying art from online artists carries a few advantages over purchasing through an art gallery.
Please understand that the intent of this article is not to discourage collecting artwork from art galleries, but only to encourage buying from online artists. This is why I will list 7 advantages of buying art on the internet, followed by some things that art collectors should look for when purchasing online. These are to help you make wise art buying decisions, and ensure your online purchase has a happy outcome.
Why Buy Art From Artists Online?
Online art is often cheaper than gallery pricesArt galleries add on their own mark-up, often as much as 50%. Therefore, a painting you sell for $500 will be selling for $1000, which could put it out of price range for a lot of people.
But, online artists (those who not gallery represented) can set their own prices, which are often much cheaper. This doesn’t make the art less valuable. It only means that artist takes it upon themselves to do the promoting work that art galleries do, and doesn’t add on an extra amount for it.
It’s also relatively easy to search through works of artists at online portfolio sites and find some great deals. Some artists even have secure shopping carts for buying artworks directly from their websites.
Support struggling artists from around the worldThere are many extremely talented artists around the world who are struggling to make ends meet. By buying art from online artists, you will be helping support them and enabling them to create more art. Online self-represented artists with websites need money to pay for art supplies, hosting costs, marketing expenses, and more.
Can learn about the artist before buyingLooking at the artist’s past artworks, their artist statement, bio, and more at an online portfolio, art collectors can learn much about the artist, without being pressured into buying.
It is easier to find a specific piece that will look good in your home.On the internet, there is a much greater selection of artists than in any art gallery. It is not difficult to search for artworks at all. They can be found on Facebook, and at many free online portfolio websites, such as Fine Art America, Redbubble, Saatchi Online, and more.
You can also find many artists featured right here at Artpromotivate. Simply go to the contents page and browse through the artists. When you see one you like, click on the artist’s name to be taken directly to their spotlight.
Artworks are not listed for sale here at Artpromotivate, but they may be at the website of the artist, which is included at the bottom of their interview.
You are not pressured into buying.Art collectors can view artworks in their own time without having someone influence their decision to buy.
Can scan prices and see what fits in your budget.Many artist websites have prices listed for artworks. Scan through these and see which artworks you can afford. Sometimes there is a Paypal Buy Now button or shopping cart to purchase the artwork right away. If you need to ask any questions before buying, simply send an email, or call the artist if there is a telephone number available.
Easy to buy the artworks.Buying artworks online is often a few clicks away. It’s much easier to just shop online in your own time than visiting art galleries, especially if you have to travel large distances to find one. Look for money back guarantees before purchasing. Some portfolio websites such as Ugallery try to make the art collector as comfortable as possible with buying art from them. Ugallery gives collectors the chance to hang art in their home completely free, without obligation. Also only shop on a secure website or one with a secure shopping cart or Paypal.