15 Ways to Sell Your Art Online

There are almost too many resources that will help you sell your art online.  Here are 15 great ways to get that canvas, video, book or other piece of art out the door.  This list will be updated over the next several weeks with links to experts who will explain how to sell your art through these venues.

Ways to Sell Art Online

  1. ArtPal – Fast-growing FREE gallery to sell art and buy art. No membership fees. You receive 95%-100% when they sell your art. ArtPal earns money only when they sell your art. Sell any type of art. ArtPal also has a free Print-on-Demand service.*
  2. Etsy – a community of artists who make hand crafted pieces.  See our post on How to Sell Your Art on Etsy.
  3. Artsy.net – a massive, venture-funded online gallery that sells art from thousands of 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.”
  4. Ebay – the world’s largest auction site.  Follow @ebayart on Twitter to get an idea of what kind of art does well on ebay.
  5. Amazon – the single largest directory of online stores, Amazon turned itself into one of the world’s largest retailers by creating a platform for anyone to sell anything.  There are literally thousands of stores that use Amazon as their main source of sales.  If you make handmade jewelry, Amazon has a section just for you on their front page.
  6. Imagekind.com – high quality printing & framing, community, and marketing tips. See Imagekind Power Selling Tips.
  7. Cafepress.com – for designing shirts, other screen printed things
  8. Craigslist – in certain cities, people use Craigslist for everything.  In Portland, I have seen everything from couches, to cars, to beautiful pieces of art for sale.  Think of it as the world’s largest classified ad.
  9. Artfire.com – a little bit like Etsy, but with a different focus. ArtFire’s Community Directed Development asks their artists to tell them what kind of features and products to build.
  10. DailyOriginal.com – feature one piece of art each day on the site.
  11. EmptyEasel.com – the most comprehensive guide to selling paintings on the internet.
  12. Art.com – One of the largest sites for selling art online.
  13. FineArtAmerica.com – sell prints at any price you want to set
  14. Foliotwist.com – ready made art websites w/Paypal shopping cart built in
  15. Yessy.com – One of the oldest, most popular sites for selling art online.
  16. (BONUS) One on One Business Coaching for Artists – if you are very serious about your work and have the money to hire a professional.
  17. (BONUS) Iamattitude.com – alternative clothing marketplace

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Bonus: More Ways to Sell Art Offline

  1. Swap meets
  2. Craft Fairs
  3. Farmer’s Markets
  4. Network – go to networking functions at local museums & art galleries
  5. Enter competitions
  6. Ask local shops & businesses to display your work
  7. Submit to stock photo & image sites

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  1. watamyr says

    Selling art on the web and being successful at it is really my dream. I’ve tried several microstock agencies and various POD sites but have had limited success. I decided that selling my work for literally nickels and dimes on microstock sites was a futile venture so I don’t pay much attention to it. Now I’m focusing my attention on Zazzle and am having greater success. $40 in 3 months. For me, it’s something to get excited about. But it’s hard for me to see it as a primary source of income. I don’t know if it’s the quality of my art or my inexperience with marketing. I know there are people who are very successful selling art online but my question is can I be just as successful? Hopefully, yes. Fotos to Fractals

  2. says

    I tried selling online through my website and didn’t have much success. Personally, if I was buying an original work of art I would not buy it online. I’d want to see it in person to get a better feel for the colors, texture, and size. So instead I use my website as more of a portfolio. However, with prints, I don’t think that’s the case. But I haven’t tried selling them in the online market. So I’m interested in giving it a whirl using the sites listed. Thanks for the handy-dandy info.

  3. Nick says

    For artists that want to sell prints, try thevespergallery.com. You will need to have print-ready copies of your work, but they take care of everything else and don’t charge a fee.

  4. RadishArt says

    Foliotwist was co-founded by the creators of http://www.emptyeasel.com a well known website that reviews other online art community and offers tutorials for artists ranging from studio tips to advice for gaining exposure online. The bad part about that is that http://www.foliotwist.com features several things that Empty Easel has trashed other online art communities for such as only offering members a brief demo of the site before they have to start paying, bold claims of how great the site is for exposure when the site is barely on the radar of Alexa and other website ranking sites.

    The fact that the site costs really tuned me off because Empty Easel has made a point of warning artists not to waste money paying for similar sites. But they do have a history of supporting other pay sites that happen to buy ad space on Empty Easel! It makes sense that they have knit-picked other online art communities given the fact that they had Foliotwist under their belt this whole time. BOOOOOO! All is fair in business but it just seems catty for them to put down the hard work of others only to do the same thing and in some cases worse. It just comes off catty and unprofessional.

  5. Kendra M Gilbert says

    I’d also love to point out that there are also free places to promote and sell artwork, one of which is FAEBAE, a newer site that provides classified ads and auction listings that are only art, craft, handmade or collectible items. It is growing pretty fast and also provides some really amazing social networking or promotion features…even an export tool to list artwork on Craigslist :-)

  6. IDSensitivity says

    just joined foundmyself.com, sounds promising. It’s free on the basis that, if it proves helpful, you can donate something later…I like that concept, very positive and trust-inspiring. You can showcase and sell your work commission-free, there’s useful info and the layout looks good.

  7. shirasagi says

    Can I post here? I’m an artist, but methinks I picked the wrong passtime. I have spent far more time and money producing inventory than selling it. Even when I give shows, people come by and say lots of oohs and aahs, and then walk off. C’mon! If it’s so pretty, show me the money!

    • Grace says

      I totally agree. I’ve collaborated with other artists to put our work and also that of others “out there”. I have sold work, definetly not enough to live off!!! As for online selling sites, ive had zero success almongst the thousands of other artists. Now apparently,its best to avoid free websites at all cost. So its a consant spending with no or very little return.Most people would rather buy a flat screen than an original thought provoking piece of art. At the moment ive an interior decorator store wanting my work but cant/wont pay what they’re worth, so I’ve sourced cheaper canvases and have compromised my work, just to sell and get it out there. So money continues to be earnt elsewhere and my art continues to be my refuge, an outlet for my creativity and if someone buys a painting that’s a bonus. I salute artists who are able to make a decent living from their work.

      • Judy Haney says

        I agree with your comment that people would rather buy a big screen TV than to purchase a beautiful piece of art. It is frustrating. I would rather draw and paint than do anything else, but the art supplies cost a lot of money and unless you have a real job, can’t afford to buy the supplies. I’ve made a little bit of money here and there selling my art, but not enough to actually make a living. It makes me feel that I really must not be a very good artist, but I’ve seen things that I think are trash sell for a lot of money.

      • Danny says

        I have found if I barter my artwork it is more rewording than trying to sell it
        Dentist, Hair stylist, landlord, manicurist and such

        • says

          Barter… hmmm. Essentially that WOULD be selling. I may have to try this. I have sold a good bit of my work over the years, but never for what it was really worth. I have a full time job or I’d be really skinny. I feel like there HAS to be a way, but have struggled for years to find it.

          I am glad to have found this article, and may try Amazon or Ebay for my prints at least, although it goes against a lot of what I really believe in. I love doing shows because I love to talk to people face to face about my work, and make a connection with them. Can’t do that via Ebay…

  8. Merv says

    Mosaicglobe.com has been providing free artist websites for years. i’ve had an account for 5 years i think. They recently added paypal to their galleries for upgraded members to sell art online. They don’t actively send buyers to your site but its nice to have a site to send people to.

  9. says

    We just launched a new arts marketplace where you can buy and sell art online:
    There are no listing fees and only a low, flat 2% final value fee, only if an item sells. You can also build free webstores, similar to ebay. Meaning you can create your own categories and names, upload store logo, change colors a little and have a store search feature.
    Also, you can accept PayPal and Google Checkout. Both auctions and fixed price listings can be made.
    Please check out UniSquare. We are brand new, but we have a leading-edge, targeted marketing system that has already brought in visitors and sales for the items!
    Kind regards

  10. says

    Good list.  The big thing is promotion.  Use more than one avenue to sell and get in front of as many potential customers as possible.  Try different venues and see which works best for your particular medium. 

  11. creations tess says

    I just finished watching Cory and Melissa about selling art online video.  It was enlightening for me.  I asked a question about getting several comments and no sales and Melissa said it is a multilayer question.    A couple of things she said Do I have a way fro people to buy?  Yes I have.,  Am I asking for sales?  Not sure what she meant by that.  I do have a PayPal button on each of the paintings.  An interesting question that she asked me to evaluate is Do I make them jump thru Hoops.  As far as I know I don’t.  Please take a look at my site to see what you may think.  http://mypaintingstudio.com  

  12. JJBurton says

    This is just a list of websites, suggestions like on http://www.artandbohemia.com/sell-art-online.php are much more useful… Cheers

  13. simonshawnandrews says

    I’ve used eBay exclusively to sell my art, and it took a few months but I can support myself from the income now. I am a realist artist living in vancouver,bc. Here is my advice: spend much more time improving your art than marketing it. Good art needs very little promotion.

    • says

      Yes more time mastering your craft is key bro. If your promoting bad work you’ll get bad sells. if your promoting average work you’ll still get bad sells . like simon said ..Good art sells itself .

      • Mike says

        Nonsense ! good art definitely does not sell itself. You have to be extremely market savvy & persistent & even then ………….. .
        It may be wise to take on board the amount of negative experiences reported about on line selling, perhaps you’ve got to get out into the real world disapointing though it is not to be able to sit at home ,make art & count the money!!!! GET REAL ! selling is as hard or harder than making art.

  14. Papadan says

    The one thing that I would recommend is patience. If you decide to go with your own website it will take awhile to get ranked towards the first couple of pages on a search engine. I recommend staying away from such general keywords as paintings for sale and reduce it to keywords that do not have tremendous competition yet describes your paintings. 
    Good luck to you.

  15. mikemarks says

    I started up my website  http://acryllicpainting.com/  nearly two years ago and have gotten very little action.  I believe I have a quality product that is very affordable, and feel my trouble is I’m just not wrapping my head around marketing.  I’m currently out of work and don’t know if I should, or even will be able to choose to, renew my page when it comes up in a few months, every dollar seems to count nowadays, and if I’ve been unable to make it happen in two years, well… meanwhile, my actual monthly financial needs are not so much, I don’t need to earn so very much, but I do need to earn a bit, and can’t seem to make even that bit happen… I’m 55, and in all my years I have never been able to sell my work proprly.

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  17. HarryPisoyan says

    We started a new website for artists http://gotartwork.com
    You can list originals as well as sell giclee prints, greeting cards, t-shirts and other products and earn your desired markup. Check GotArtwork.com and help us build a vibrant artist community.

  18. HarryPisoyan says

    We started a new website for artists http://gotartwork.com
    You can list originals as well as sell giclee prints, greeting cards, t-shirts and other products and earn your desired markup. Check GotArtwork.com and help us build a vibrant artist community.

  19. Shadowtigress says

    The world’s largest art website is currently deviantart.com. Artists of all ages and kinds come together and show their art to the world. I joined in July, and am pleased to say I have found people more than willing to buy my art. Not only that, but you can create collaborate with other artists and trade art. This is the best website I have found, and a good place to start. :)

  20. Michael Hirsh says

    If you want to sell prints and photos, I highly recommend Fotomoto to handle your websites sales. http://www.fotomoto.com/
    When I’ve finished rebuilding my blog/website, I’m integrating Fotomoto for all my photographic sales

  21. Casey Gragg says

    Hello Cory,
    I’m a Mom of a very talented Son that is in prison. He learned how to draw and I’m was amazed at what I have got in the last 6 years. At first I was kinda ok nice and in the next year or more impressed.. Now I’m in awe its great work and he wants to sell some of his work to raise money for his needs in prison like more art supplies.. I really need advice on helping sell his artwork online.. Please help..

    • theabundantartist says

      Hi Casey. I’d recommend signing up for the free email course How to Sell Art Online in 10 Weeks. If you want more advanced help, contact me directly for coaching.

  22. says

    I listened to a wonderful recording that I found somewhere on your site by a San Francisco artist who was a protege of Wayne Thiebauld. Now I cannot find and I want to share it with my art group. Can you tell me where to find it again? I am sorry I cannot recall her name or where I found it. please advise. thanks.

  23. Richard Thomas says

    I just started dabbling in art because it gives me an outlet for expending those creative juices that build up.
    I used to do woodworking, but in my new surroundings that’s no longer practical.
    Creating something out of nothing is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on!
    I thought I was just doing it for the fun of it, but as I peruse this site I am thinking, “what the hey”, it would be even more fun to have someone pay me money for entertaining myself.
    I can see enough progress in my work to realize that I might actually be able to create a marketable item or two now and then.
    I had no idea there were so many venues available for selling art.
    If I could sell something, that I am creating just for the fun of it, it would literally be money in the bank!
    And, money in the bank is a fun thing too.

  24. Lukyamuzi elvis says

    Am an artist of both realistic and abstract, i really love my work and some people say that my work is great, i have done many projects but i have failed to earn enough from it, what should i do? most of my paintings are on facebook,

  25. Nicolas says

    Hello, I have tested many of these websites and for me they are not good enough to show you artwork, in term of design and navigation… also many of them have a lot of advertising…
    Anyway I have also found another website I would like to share because well done, user friendly and NO adds… the must… it’s free : TweekArt, http://www.tweekart.com
    There is also a contest page but… as you want, not my part…

  26. Dumas woodens says

    I started painting 3 years ago, now i’m trying to sell my art.I wish i could stay in contact with you to see how you can help me to come out.

  27. Michelle says

    YES! This is great! Love the “Ways to Sell art Offline” ideas. Did not even THINK of that! Spring time, here we come.

  28. says

    Hi, There’s a new specialist website for artists who want to sell their own original artworks which includes marketing services, pop-up galleries, and even fully insured delivery! It’s about to launch at http://www.artfuly.com, but you can see the pre-launch site for artists at beta.artfuly.com. It is by invite only, but please send samples of your work to artists@artfuly.com.

  29. roger says

    My wife is an artist of mixed media (maryjane potts) that has shown her art all over the world but has since then(10yrs) entered a hibernation period. I am looking to re-new and rejuvenate her career as well as our bank account. We are both in New Orleans where unfortunately our city has become synonymous with stupid assembly line paintings of dogs and crooked houses……..clearly the art world down here could stand an enema..
    What can I do and where can I start to resurrect her artistict career.

    • says

      Hi Roger-
      Thought that I’d already responded to you (??) But I live in New Orleans as well (and unfortunately know of the dog who shall not be named also…) You’ve got options:
      -Jackson Sq/Pirates Alley- This is on the Street, you file through city hall, it’s an annual permit costing $175.25 per year. This way requires a hell of a lot of patience, but I’ve been doing it for 10 yrs. If you have questions email me, or try to find me on royal st/pirates ally.
      -A better fit for her may be the Frenchmen Art Market. Open Thurs-Sunday, booth rentals are a bit pricey ($65/night) but many do well.
      Hope this info helps!

  30. mndee says

    I recently opened a Luulla shop selling multiple items per day. I’ll have much better luck if I post a few items every day.

  31. says

    I am an artist and have just started a blog, and i have put a link to this article, if that’s alright with you, if not let me know, and i’ll take it off, thanks, diana

  32. says

    A fellow artist on Fine Art America, another site where you can sell your artwork, directed me to your blog. I’m wondering what you think of that site?
    You have some great information here.
    Another idea is to approach local stores about selling cards with your artwork printed on front. The returns are less than from prints, but it’s a good way to get your work out there.
    What do you think about redbubble? I designed some terrific iPhone and iPad cases there, including an iPad case for my college-aged daughter who says her friends love it, but I’m not getting much traffic there. Anyplace else where you can use your artwork to design products like that?

    • theabundantartist says

      FAA & Redbubble are great ways to bring in some lower-end sales and prep people for bigger sales down the road.

    • says

      I had a FAA site that I put a lot of time into building/maintaining about 2 years ago. I sell my work on the street & via markets so don’t depend on people randomly finding my work on the internet- so even sending people directly to this site after they had seen work in person was still less effective than a personal site.
      I strongly advise against FAA as your sole website. The presentation is cheap & distracting, they make their $ with prints & framing & constantly drag peoples attention back to this. Also people are overhwhelmed by options. Keep the buying area as simple as possible (I know..we all wanna cram it all in..I get guilty with this too..) Currently I’ve got a Weebly pro site (www.weebly.com) and it’s working great for me. They automatically convert your site to mobile. FASO seems to offer a similar service & good community forums.

  33. Marcel says

    If you have your own website and you want to enable your customers to buy your art you should take a look at http://www.peecho.com/simple-print-button.
    You can set your own margin to make a profit on every sale.
    They handle everything from production-selection, shipping information, payment, customer service, printing and shipping.

  34. Batz says

    And THIS is where my problem lies…I do not have the means to sell ONline. I need to find more efficient ways to sell OFFline. Many of these sites do payments through the internet, which, since I really truly AM a ‘starving artist’, I do not have ways of doing this. I’ve tried in the past, only to have the bank rob me of the money I put in an account to keep it open, by sucking it away with their fees, to have buyers money go into it, via whatever other account it would go through online, like PayPal, & send electronically, which also charges fees. And I’ve heard bad things about using such services. All I got was completely ripped off & made NOTHING. I do not WANT some middleman, stealing from me anymore. Some of my artwork is displayed in a music store in the arts district of my city, & it’s been in there for months. The locals know about it & love my work. But noone’s buying it. Welcome to this crap economy in my area.

  35. Nickeyia says

    Hi. I’m 15. I started selling artwork at 14. I have really awesome stuff , but all the competitions I try to get into say that I have to be 18 or older and I can’t have a website to sell things at my age now either. At my school we only have one show a year that no one really goes too. I sell paintings and hand painted wine glasses but not often enough . I need help because I would really like to start my own business early somehow. Is there anything I could do?

    • Cory Huff says

      Hi Nickeyla – why do you have to wait to start a website? You can start one for free at Wix.com or other sites like that.

      • says

        Would be great if you could let your readers know about Artplode which launched in August 2014 where artists, collectors, dealers and galleries can sell art with NO COMMISSION charged. Art must be priced at $1000+ to be offered for sale and there is a one off $60 listing fee.
        Artplode has $5million in listings from sellers in 43 countries.
        Many thanks
        Maureen McCarthy
        Artplode LTD

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  37. Scott says

    Good list of sites… I am finding that Fine Art America to be the best site for photographers while I’m having no luck with Etsy and Imagekind.

  38. says

    http://www.artfuly.com (which is a bit like Etsy for art only) is now live and is a beautiful interface for buyers seeking art and completely free to artists!! (Australia only for now though).

    We actively market our artists online and offline via social media, press releases, pop up galleries, supplier lists for home improvements shows etc.

    We also arrange delivery with full insurance, so you only need to concentrate on creating! We have so many social share buttons, that once uploaded it takes only a second to share images and details of your work to any social media platform!

    Australian artists, please see http://artfuly.com/artists/sell-your-art and for other countries, please do still apply so that we can add your details to our artists list and contact you when we open in your country.

    Rachael – Director of ARTFULY

  39. Darren Kelly says

    If you have large-scale paintings that are 11 ft. long and 5 1/2 feet high and they are priced at around 10,000.00, how do you expect to sell them using the internet-Is it possible? Keep in mind>crating/packing, shipping, UPS/FedEx, taxes, invoices, etc. Most of the art-selling-shared/web sites want you to set up an extremely long web address like>http//www.blaublaublaublau.artist.//blau.blau//darren_kelly.artist .com YOU GET WHAT MEAN> And then there’s PayPal: You must have a Pay Pal account to hook up with them >>they only allow you to retrieve $500.00 at a time of your own money> I need the whole 10,000.00 at a time. I’m not into this whole (internet”swap meet”) way of doing business. So what do I do to move large pieces, not to mention welded metal sculptures that are 8 to 10 ft. ? Darren Kelly-Throwdown ArtworksLLC

    • Thomas Griffin says

      I read your comment and was moved by the difficulty you face in transacting art online. I am working on a project that I hope would solve that for you. I would love to stay in touch with you and learn more about the issues that you face if you are interested?
      -Thomas Griffin

  40. Kennedy says

    I’ve had great success with Wallspace. http://www.wallspaceexchange.com

    Wallspace Exchange helps facilitate fine art sales throughout the world. Restaurants, Hotels, Bars, Spas, Salons, Retail Stores, Cafes and Airport Terminals allow artists to sell their paintings on their wallspace in return for a commission. The business generates another source of income while the artist gains a larger audience to show their artwork and increase sales. Businesses save on interior design costs and get an updated look while helping the art community.

    The business or artist may want to use an Art Broker from Wallspace Exchange to handle the negotiations, scouting, and logistics for the paintings. An Art Broker may represent a client such as a restaurant or hotel that can bring in certain types of artwork the client is looking for. Also, the Art Broker may represent an artist and help place their artwork on walls of several different types of businesses. In return for the work done by the Art Broker, upon sale of the painting they will receive a commission.

    Artists, Photographers, Sculptors and Charity organizations can join for FREE

  41. Yan says

    an online auction site that focused on building a powerful community where people were free to buy and sell affordability and with simplicity.

    He began to dream up a marketplace where sellers were not penalized for doing well and buyers could easily connect with sellers through an open and simple platform. It was from this dream that IndoArtCenter.com was designed and established and continues to this day with the sole purpose of creating a simple marketplace where buyers and sellers connect.

    Happy Bid..

  42. sanojpatel says

    i want to make my professional website…i want to my artists website four selling my pantings so please help me

  43. verona says

    I’ve been trying to sign up for your mailing list, but the link seems to be broken. I’ve tried several times. It just says “please enter a value”.
    Verona :)

  44. says

    As far as Selling prints of your work, there is etsy, cafepress, zazzle, and deviantart. Etsy for me is too much of a hassle b/c I need to actually handle the shipping and printing and everything. Personally I use SMugmug.com as a printer and shipper of my work. they give you a whole gallery option and pricing plans. They have their bare minimum prices, and you keep anything over that amount. Say it costs them $2.30 to print out and ship an 8×10 print. if you price it for $12, you get 10 bucks.

    Here is an example of my smugmug gallery.


    Also, you want to get all of your social media networks on par with one another, make it easy for people to be connected with you. on my homepage http://Obilex.com you can see that I have links to all of my different outlets (twitter, facebook, instagram ebay etc.)

    Hope this helps, and keep up the hard work!



    I have some abstract and realistic paintings Also I have beautiful water colour paintings, and Traditional Kerala mural painting, pencil sketch/ landscape Paintings and water colour, Abstract and excellent pencil drawing

  46. Karena says

    The comments on this post illustrate the problem and what the article didn’t answer: which of these sites really WORK to sell art? I don’t see the answer here.

    • Cory Huff says

      Karena, thanks for commenting. The answer to that question is – it depends on how these sites align with your artistic style, and how much work you are willing to put in to selling your art. None of these sites are places where you just post your art and automatically start making sales. You have to drive traffic to your pages.

  47. Michael Swanson says

    I want to know how to promote and sell my art online and become a millionaire from it. I believe I have both the talent and the vision to do so. All I need are the resources in which to make it happen. I am on facebook also, but it seems as if the people on there are mentally slow when it comes to art.

  48. Mark Lurie says

    Our new site, Lofty.com, is also a great resource for people interested in selling art and antiques. Lofty is an expert-vetted online marketplace for fine art, antiques, jewelry, and collectibles. Users can submit pictures of their objects through the Lofty website, and we will provide them with a free evaluation, carried out by a member of our expert network, which includes professional appraisers, reputable dealers, and former and current auction house specialists. A user then has the option to list the item on our site at the evaluated price.

    To get a free evaluation and to find out more about Lofty, visit us at http://www.lofty.com!

    Mark Lurie – CEO of Lofty

    • Cory Huff says

      Why would it be free? If you want the service to be around, to perform well, and to offer support, they’re going to need to make money some how.

  49. Joseph Armstrong says

    Hello, I have been reading your comments and replies and they are all good, I myself have a problem and some questions about selling art online, you I’m disable and been out of work of a few years, So I decided to go and get back into my art work like painting and drawing, I been wanting to see if I could sell my paintings online, so what I have done is start searching different websites to post my art work, I have been checking out eBay, Ugallery, Art Break, Esty, Fine Art America and some others, the problem for me is which one of these should I choose, I was thinking about putting different pieces on different websites and see what happen, O before I got hurt I use to do wall murals and still do sometimes, of the wall isnt too high, but I want to do some work from home, so what websites would you recommend? My next question is I like making some painting of US Navy and Coast Guard ship mostly Coast Guard I guess because my father was coast guard retired (deceased) what would be a good website to sell paints like that, I was thinking eBay,but is there any others out there, I would be happy to get some advice thanks

  50. Emeka says

    I am a nigerian artist, I have practiced fulltime for 8 years with my wife who is not a trained artist but she helps with marketing my art. Overtime, I have discovered that art requires visual appeal to sell. So it needs to be seen live to be fully appreciated. I advise anybody who have tried online sales and is feeling discouraged by the outcome to combined it with physical display of your works at strategic places where you can meet people who can afford to buy your art especially in a relaxed environment. Pay for the space, stay their yourself or somebody who can represent you well. Let them see it, feel it, and make comments. You will be amazed at the outcome. I have done it for years and the outcome is incredibly.

  51. iloveart says

    WOW great advice here. Thank you Arina below for mentioning Art Pharmacy.  We are based in Australia and have over 70+ artists on our site with 600 original artwork. Its all about supporting emerging artists within in Australia. We are looking at going international, but at the moment shipping costs for us Aussies are expensive! Check out more here. http://www.artpharmacy.com.au
    I always love to hear from artists far and wide. Feel free to contact me iloveart@artpharmacy.com.au 

    Emilya – Founder and Director. 


  52. says

    @Arina Zinovyeva Thank you for the mention Arina –  I really appreciate your support. Have you been to our pop up art shows? We recently finished on apart of Sydney Fringe Festival last month.  Thanks, Emilya – Art Pharmacy.

  53. says

    This is great advice! Also check out http://boomboomprints.com/.  Its a completely free marketplace that allows artists to reach thousands of potential customers. They handle everything from printing and shipping to customer service, freeing up the artists time to create! Artists always maintain 100% ownership of their artwork, can name their own prices, and have total creative control over the products their work goes on. 

    Create a profile and begin uploading artwork for free!

  54. Cassy Patina says

    sites selling art online are unencumbered by the physical infrastructure of the traditional gallery or auction house, they can also make their commissions lower and the whole business of buying art much cheaper and more accessible. Buyers can discover new art and potentially build a whole collection from the comfort of their own homes, not the occasionally intimidating setting of a gallery. In the highly fragmented art market, bringing art and art buyers together wherever they are in the world is no bad thing either. But that will only work if buyers are prepared to sacrifice the one thing that is central to the way that people traditionally buy art – the chance to see it and experience it in the flesh first. That’s something that many people will be reluctant to do, particularly with big-ticket purchases. Although sites such as Artspace and Artsy also drive buyers towards physical galleries, not all online art platforms facilitate in-person art purchases too.

    • Cory Huff says

      Hi Cassy, thanks for the comment. I’ll point you toward the recent Hiscox study that shows pretty clearly that art collectors are becoming more and more willing to buy art without seeing it in person first.

      Every month I hear about some new record set for online-only auctions and gallery sales. It’s becoming the new normal.

  55. says

    This is a very nice list of places to sell art online. I will like to also share a place in Spain. It is free to register and create your own gallery, it is focused for all artists who want to sell their original paintings and artworks. http://www.artenet.es

  56. northierthanthou says

    When I was looking for illustrators, I remember scanning forums such as DeviantArt a great deal. Having a good page on a site like that certainly got my interest.

  57. says

    I would like to mention the website http://www.blucats.com – a fairly new online marketplace for artists and crafters and vintage lovers. If you have hand crafted and organic gourmet food you can sell it too.
    The site is easy to navigate and it is not difficult to sign up. They offer 10 free products. No memberships.

  58. says

    Great post!

    If you are a designer or even an art major student, you are free to sell your art work on our website here.


    Sell paintings, illustrations and photography on products through our Print-on-Demand provider. No fees; just upload your images. We create and drop ship products, and pay you the difference between tour base price and your selling price.

  59. says

    Society6.com is also a great website for selling art. You can turn your art into posters and phone cases and bags – etc. They’ll sell it for you for some royalties.

  60. Alex says

    Great post! In order to sell art you need to see the performance and popularity of the site you intend to sell on. I found a great online free tool for estimating website price here:
    just try it.

  61. says

    Thanks for the great post.
    I’ve gone through a lot of the comments but can’t see my question.
    Can you sell the same artwork through ALL of these channels at the same time?
    I’m just exploring selling my mandala artwork and am curious to know if any restrict you from selling elsewhere?


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