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. Adwords – Google’s advertising program.  If you have a website where you sell your work, Adwords is a highly effective way of targeting those looking for art to buy.
  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.

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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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111 comments
Emeka
Emeka

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.

Adriana
Adriana

Check out printpop.com diffent then anything you've seen before

Caroline Wood
Caroline Wood

Great tips...how they work for me! www.carolinesinkandpaper.com

Joseph Armstrong
Joseph Armstrong

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

Tom
Tom

I see Artpal charges 5% to sell a painting on their site, not free? Can you advise?

Mark Lurie
Mark Lurie

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 www.lofty.com!Mark Lurie - CEO of Lofty

Michael Swanson
Michael Swanson

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.

Karena
Karena

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.

Brandon
Brandon

You can sell on Yovigo completely free! Only pay when you sell and get a website and blog included.

Will Jones
Will Jones

For any student or amateur artist in the UK who wishes to sell artwork, we have set up a new website with no listing fees and low commission. We aim to help aspiring artists sell their work whilst providing the public with access to affordable and original art. The website is www.undiscoveredartist.co.uk

GOPALAKRISHNAN
GOPALAKRISHNAN

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

Sam Carlson
Sam Carlson

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 8x10 print. if you price it for $12, you get 10 bucks.Here is an example of my smugmug gallery.http://obilex.smugmug.com/Art/Obilex-The-Artwork-oAlso, 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!Sam

verona
verona

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". thanks, Verona :)

sanojpatel
sanojpatel

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

Yan
Yan

www.indoartcenter.com/ 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..

kritika harsh
kritika harsh

I think these things helps me to sell my paintings online or on internet.......

Kennedy
Kennedy

I've had great success with Wallspace. http://www.wallspaceexchange.comWallspace 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

pierino
pierino

thanks your advise was appreciated . cordialita pierino

Jamie
Jamie

Anyone have experience with www.saatchionline.com ?? They have a customizable search (price, medium, style, etc) I'm gonna give 'em a go. It's free to sign up. Originals sold I believe it a 70/30 cut (70 to artist).

cyndi yeager
cyndi yeager

love the articles. i'm finding them very helpful. cyndi

Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly

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

Rachael Page
Rachael Page

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

Rosario
Rosario

Hi, artists may exhibit and sell their art though VirtualGallery.com too. We place them on Amazon too so they dont need to do that.

Scott
Scott

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.

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andre Noel
andre Noel

Heads up! buysellart.com is closed down. ThanKs for the other 'leads' though, nice site design. I'll be digging around a bit more...

Nickeyia
Nickeyia

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?

ivg star
ivg star

you can sell your used stuff here:www.goods4all.comalso you can sell worldwide

Batz
Batz

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.

Marcel
Marcel

If you have your own website and you want to enable your customers to buy your art you should take a look at 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.

Margery
Margery

Really needed to mention I'm ecstatic that i stumbled onto your website.

Marianne Campolongo
Marianne Campolongo

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?

diana
diana

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

Cory Huff
Cory Huff

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.

Cory Huff
Cory Huff

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.

Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis

Are you an artist, gallery or collector who want's to sell your art? You can post some of your art or your entire portfolio on Art Collector Mall's website for FREE! Go to this link and upload your portfolio today! http://www.artcollectormall.com/

Thomas Griffin
Thomas Griffin

Darren, 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

Cory Huff
Cory Huff

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.

jeff mann
jeff mann

Check out artspurt.com ... Just launched out of Vancouver BC ... Seems to fit some of your needs.

Jamie
Jamie

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.

theabundantartist
theabundantartist

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

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