Where are the best places to sell art online?

If you are an artist, deciding to sell your art online could be the best choice you’ll ever make. The art market is booming; according to the 2017 Hiscox Online Art Trade Report the online art market sales are up despite slowing global art market. The number of online art buyers that have bought more than a single artwork has increased to 65% in 2017, up from 63% in 2016. This gives the online art market an 8.4% share of the overall art market.

Online galleries can put your work in front of a large audience across the world who are actively looking to buy art. And people ARE buying art online. The main reason is because many reputable online galleries provide curatorial experience, payment protection, promotion skills and guidance for you and the buyer.

However, there is a lot of online galleries only too willing to show your work and try to sell it for a fee without decent marketing activity or quality control so it is a good idea to research all of them; always try to use the platform most suited to your style and artistic practice.

Don’t forget to check out their commission rates too.

Here are some recommendations:

Top online galleries and commission rates

  1. Saatchi Art – 65% of sale price to artist
  2. Artfinder – up to 70% of sale price to artist
  3. Degree Art – 60% of sale price to artist + VAT
  4. RiseArt – (they will next review new artists to showcase in July 2018) – 60% of sale price to artist +VAT (plus 3% payment charges)

More online selling platforms for your work

Etsy – A well-known site catering to a community of artists who make handcrafted pieces.

Folksy – Similar to Etsy, Folksy is a place to sell hand crafted gifts and handmade or commercial supplies.
They currently sell pieces from over 15,000 UK based designers.

deviantART – The world’s largest online art community, deviantART, showcases over 285 million pieces of art from over 31 million registered users and art enthusiasts. The site was founded in 2000 and now attracts over 65 million unique visitors per month. It sells anything from  digital art, photography, film, animation, comics, anime to stock images and more.

Artsy – A massive, venture-funded online gallery that sells art from thousands of high profile established artists as well as emerging to mid-career artists from all over the world. Artsy’s mission is “to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education.”

Society6 – This US based platform is home to hundreds of thousands of artists from around the globe, who upload and sell their original works as 30+ premium consumer goods from such as art prints to iPhone cases, t-shirts and more. The artist uploads the artwork create, then Society6 produce and fulfill the order on the desired product. Every purchase pays an artist.

New Blood Art – Specialising in selling original artwork by emerging artists from across the globe.

Artmo – An art platform that connects artists, art enthusiasts, collectors, galleries, and universities alike from over 200 countries

Illustration by Bel Burkill