Being an artist or working in the creative industry is a hard slog, and getting paid is a struggle many no matter the industry tend to face.
Brands giving products as payment for writing about or photographing their stuff seems like a bougie life to your non-creative industry friends, but unfortunately, a new pair of sneakers doesn’t pay the rent. The same goes for emerging fine artists who need to bring in some kind of income if they’re to continue creating. Having a platform to showcase their work and make it accessible is also key. On the flip side, for those who are trying to acquire their first piece of art, galleries are pretty intimidating when you have no idea where to start or what to ask. Cue Artsper.
Artsper is the online contemporary solution providing accessibility to fine art both for artists and those looking to buy. With over 200,000 artworks from 25,000 established and emerging artists worldwide, it is a marketplace committed to breaking down the barriers of the art world. The selection includes paintings, sculpture, print, photography, drawings, and design across easy-to-navigate categories and simple artist profiles. None of the superfluous fluff designed to make you feel woozy while reading it.
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The simplicity of the site and overall visibility of the art encourages people who may not typically frequent galleries or museums to gain interest in simply viewing and appreciating art while discovering artists they may not have known before. If you’re just starting out, you can request a personalised recommendation based on your preferred style of work (painting or sculpture for example), budget and inspiration (basically a tinder version of fifteen different works to suss if you’d swipe right or not). No art knowledge required.
While making money from creative pursuits isn’t necessarily the main goal of all artists, it’s important to remember that they are normal people trying to make a living, too. Galleries aren’t going anywhere, but it is encouraging to see that platforms like Artsper understand that more art out there in the world, the better.