An online portfolio website is typically a place for artists to post artwork, receive feedback, and hopefully sell their art. For the past few months I have been reviewing several portfolio sites for artists at Artpromotivate.
I typically like to focus on online galleries that either have a free option or trial period.
I have posted my own artworks and setup my profile at each of these portfolio sites. Below is a list of my favorites from those I have reviewed.
Why online portfolios if you already have an art website?
I use my artist website as my central location on the web and try to lead everyone there. When I join an online gallery site, I set up my profile along with uploading 3-4 of my best paintings - and include my artist statement along with my website link. By posting my website, interested people can see more of my art. From checking my website stats, I do receive visitors from free online galleries. The way I see it, the more exposure the better. Even if I did not get visitors from these places, at least it is a free linking opportunity.
10 Top Online Gallery Websites to Sell and Promote Art on the Internet
- Fine Art America
Fine Art America mainly functions as a print on demand service, but is also a great place to upload a few artworks for free and network with other artists through commenting, art blogs and groups.
Members are free to sell 25 prints of artwork or photography. A bio can be included along with links to your websites and social profiles.
Behance is an online portfolio site allowing artists to promote their art online for free.
Members can create projects, receive appreciations and comments, and share them throughout the web. The profile page includes an About Me section where a short bio of yourself should be written.
Also, there is space to include your art sites and art blogs, along with links to social networks.
- A Singular Creation
A Singular Creation (ASC) is a free online portfolio site and community, including a forum, art blogs and listings of art competitions. Artists can include a bio, contact information, images, and a link to their art site. Unlimited images and galleries can be posted to each artist’s personal profile.
Carbonmade is a art website service for artists, photographers, and designers. The free option includes the ability to upload 35 artworks, and 5 projects. Your website URL can also be included in the About section and image descriptions.
- Rise Art
At Rise Art, artists can find commission contracts, leasing opportunities, and art rentals. Artists can set up their own free profile, include events, and link to an art portfolio or social networking site elsewhere.
Their shortlist program involves Rise Art buying and commissioning artworks from certain select artists.
- Paintings I Love
Paintings I Love is a free portfolio service dedicated exclusively to drawings and paintings. This is a great place to get feedback for your work. Get feedback by means of the Comment Generator, and be rewarded with Berets. They have a limit to the number of images to be added, so make them count. Artists can include a biography, artist statement, contact details, and a link to their art site.
Glossom is a very visual free portfolio site functioning by the creation of Collections with the Visual Curator. A collection features a collage of images, and can be shared at social networks, converted to a PDF file, embedded in websites, and shared via email. There is space in your profile to add links to social networking profiles, information about yourself, and a link to your artist website.
Zhibit gives artists the opportunity to create and design a free online gallery of their own. Zhibit includes many templates and customization options to create a unique artist website. The free package includes an art blog, RSS, guestbook, SEO, integration with Facebook, and 100 MB of space to host your free site.
Deviantart is the largest online gallery site on the web, with over 18 million members, featuring artists of all genres – photographers, illustrators, visual artists, sculptors, writers, tattoo artists, and more.
Artists can set up their own free Deviantart profile, include artworks, blog about their art, and participate in groups and forums.
- Saatchi Online
Saatchi Online is the online component of the famous London art gallery Saatchi Gallery. They offer a print on demand service, as well as the opportunity for artists to sell art from their free portfolios. Some of the features include unlimited artworks, critiques, Showdown art competitions, forums, and events.
- Wix (BONUS)
With Wix any type of website can be created. Wix has many portfolio styled templates which artists can use. I have included it here because it is an easy and affordable way for artists to design their own website and promote their art - and get accustomed to everything involved with setting it up. Wix websites are free, but they do have cheap premium packages starting at 4.95 a month for advanced features such as a domain and extra storage.
I know I have left out many portfolio sites from this list. If you know of one you think should be added, please include it below in the comments.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful art-filled day!!