Selling Your Artwork Online
The internet has revolutionized the way we buy and sell everything, including fine art. Many artists are finding that selling online can be another way to market and sell their artwork to a larger international community of art buyers and collectors. Have you ever thought how many millions of people all over the world use the internet every day to buy products including fine art to decorate their homes? According to the latest statistics, over 1.2 million people buy online every day.
Commissions and Membership Fees
Art galleries charge artists as much as 50% in commission, and the marketing exposure is limited to those people that visit the gallery and decide to make a purchase. Some online art galleries sites also charge a commission. Commissions for online galleries can range anywhere between 1-5% is normal and up to 10% on the higher end. Other online art galleries charge a monthly membership fee to cover their monthly overhead cost. The reason that online art galleries commission and overhead cost is not as much as a gallery in New York is because online galleries do not pay for leasing a facility, utilities and labor cost. There are a few online art galleries that do not charge any commissions or fees.
Selling Original Art
Some online art sites sell art online that is not always original art. You may think you are buying an original piece of art but instead it is a printed image of a painting on a canvas. If the prints are numbered lithographs of the original artwork, it could eventually have some value but not as much as an original painting. Some artists choose to sell prints and lithographs artwork in order to mass produce and maximize their income from every original piece of art. Those types of printed reproductions are for art buyers that are not interested in originality but are just looking to buy a print to frame and hang on their wall. More serious art buyers and collectors want the real thing.
Promote and Sell Your Artwork
Selling your art online is another alternative to market your artwork because online art galleries reach a larger audience. These sites provide the venue for artists and art collectors to connect and transact with one another. They provide artist and emerging artists with the tools to market and promote their art through social medias. There are many international artists and emerging artists that are discovering this new form of promotion and selling.
It has never been easier for artists to sell their work and been more convenient for art buyers and collectors to browse and select high-quality original art. Who knows, maybe the next Picasso could already be selling their art in one of those online art galleries.