One great strategy to start selling art online is to team up with an existing platform. This allows you to take advantage of an existing audience as well as an existing sales tools, without the need of develop neither by yourself.
Each one of these platforms is completely unique and some of them might not be suitable for your art practice. If you are focusing on fine art, maybe selling prints is not a good idea or if you are a pop artists maybe creating a merchandising line is a good move. Some of them are print on demand websites, other are online art galleries or art commission websites.
Before starting with any of these platforms you should do your research and analyze which ones best fit your art practice.
If you decide to be a part on several platforms at the same time it’s important to have two thing is mind. First, it’s important that your pricing is the same in every platform, if someone buys an artwork and then sees it for a cheaper price on another website, they will feel cheated and are likely to not buy from you again. Second, you should have a inventory sheet (you can download a free template here) in place so you can have a thorough overview of what artworks are being listed on each site so you don’t risk selling twice the same artwork.
And if you feel you need some extra help, I’ve prepared a FREE online course on how to sell art online: check it here.
Without further ado, here is the list of the 15 best websites to sell art online.
ArtPal is a popular, FREE gallery to sell art and buy art, representing many thousands of artists. No membership fees. No commission. You can sell originals, prints, and also use their free Print-on-Demand service. Most importantly, they guide you through marketing your art and getting more sales. It’s also quick and easy to set up, so you can be selling in minutes. Create your free gallery now.
Singulart is an online art powerhouse with 50,000+ carefully curated artworks, made by established and emerging artists from over 80 countries. Launched in 2017, Singulart has not only established itself as one of the most promising and dedicated original art galleries, but also continues to grow at an impressive rate, thanks to its dedicated team working to support artists and collectors alike.
Another juried gallery, with a great selection of artists. Their overall website has a very playful and fun approach. They regularly feature artists from their network, giving them extra visibility. They also have a ranking of artists, updated weekly.
Couldn’t miss the chance here, right? Azucar is a carefully curated art gallery representing some very exciting artists across the globe. Beyond being an fully functional online gallery, Azucar also is well known by hosting regular IRL exhibitions, combining the best of both worlds.
Arguably one of the biggest art marketplaces out there, boasting around 65.000 artists across the globe. Their work goes way beyond just selling art, but organizing art fairs, curator groups and actively promoting artists.
With such large numbers it might be a bit hard to achieve visibility, but if you manage to establish good relationships with the curatorial team and get featured, it could be a great boost in your career.
An online print on demand website that allows you to upload your artwork and turn it into a nearly infinite number of products. Using the platform you will be able to transform your artworks into phone cases, stickers, t-shirts, shower curtains and of course posters & prints.
This website allows you to really transform your artwork into merchandising and sell to a broader audience.
This french website focuses solely on galleries, artists are not able to register independently. This ensures a extremely high quality level and focuses exclusively in professional artists. By excluding amateur artists, the website is a hot spot for professional collectors.
Azucar Gallery sells their work thru Artsper and the quality of their service and results are great, ensuring at least a couple of sales every month.
A print on demand solution for your website. Allows you to incorporate a merchandising shop into your website with products created from your own designs. Upload your art and transform it into t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, posters, framed prints and sell it directly from your website.
A Portugal-based initiative that offers opportunities for both artists and galleries. They rely on high quality controls in order to maintain a level of artworks that attract a steady stream of collectors. Additionally they have a physical location where they host bimestral exhibitions.
An online network that allows connections between artists and collectors. Artists are able to upload their artworks and collectors can request specific artworks.
An online gallery where artists can upload and sell their art, additionally they also host the RISE ART prize, providing their artists with an extra level of visibility.
This website caters to both individual artists and galleries, giving possibilities to both sides of reaching art collectors online. They also offer the website in Chinese and Russian aiming to reach those art scenes.
This is quite a unique platform, it let’s potential buyers submit projects with specific criteria and the artists create proposals that fit to the clients need. The client then proceed to those his favorite and purchases it.
This website allows artists to upload their work and profit from it in three ways: Art rental, art sales and art commissions. Additionally they also have very strong connections to businesses and real estate companies.
Another online art gallery for artists to upload and sell their art. The main differential point is that Artquid allows artists to create a 3d gallery that allows collectors to really visualize the artworks, helping the sales process.
This online gallery has been around since 2006, this long term presence allowed them to build a massive audience and establish important business partnerships with companies, in order to increase the visibility of their artists.
Once you go over this list, you should analyze which platforms fit better in your practice. I’ve also written an article going thru the steps you should take before starting to sell art online.
*These are sponsored entries, I have current collaborations with these online platforms and I can vouch for their high quality.