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Online Art Gallery - An Aspiring Artist's Lifeline

Apr 29, 2008
Showcasing his cherished work of art, either a painting or a sculpture, was an uphill task for an aspiring artist. Traditional art galleries simply will not let him even put his foot in let alone display his art. The people who patronized these galleries were the genteel ones, and almost always admission was by invitation. An artist's road to glory and recognition was an uphill task and a pretty steep one at that. Recognition came late to many, sometimes just too late.

Budding artists could only dream of putting up a show in any of those galleries unless he or she is already well known and can stand on his own reputation, happens to have a patron or is a genius and is recognized as such. Some geniuses gained recognition long after they had departed this life.

The advent of the computer and the development of highly sophisticated software changed the whole face of art and the way it was exhibited and sold. The concept of the "Online Art Gallery" was the reason for the sea change. No longer did the new artist have to tote his wares from some petty gallery to another, practically begging for a display. When he did get to do so and if Dame Luck smiled down on him and he did make a sale; the chances of his setting the price on his work was remote. Most budding artist led a hand to mouth existence.

These are the Online Art Galleries. Online Art Galleries are those that can feature various styles of art of various artists, all at the same time. An upcoming artist can have his paintings or sculptures uploaded to an Art Gallery for view. There is no limit to what can exhibited on an online art gallery. Reproductions of contemporary art with detailed descriptions of them, paintings of budding artists, photographs, digital art and even videos you or someone else had taken.

1. Space is no longer a restriction. There is unlimited space. The artist can keep on adding to the collection already on display. Physical space restricts the number of articles that can be displayed at a time.
2. There is virtually no time limit for an artist to keep a work or works on display. It is absent if he own the gallery.
3. What can be displayed and what cannot be displayed on an online gallery is limited only by one's imagination. What cannot be displayed is virtually non-existent. Ranging from contemporary art to the now evolving digital art every form of art can be shown without restriction.
4. He or she can set the price of the article on display and increase or reduce it depending on the popularity or not of a particular style of art.

Another option would be to join one of the many Online Art Galleries. There are a number of online sites; some offer their services free of charge but with limited options like keeping a work of art for only a limited period of time on the particular site. Others offer premium services for a fee, the quantum of the fee depending on the range of services offered and those accepted. The fee charged might be as low as a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The beauty of this is that the artist need not be well known, have a patron or be a genius. And anyone can see it.

An Online Art Gallery permits the addition and deletion of paintings, a statement from the artist, details of the artist and his other works and contact details. Some of these galleries even handle the sale of an artist's painting and take a commission on the proceeds of the deal.

For those who have taken up art as a means of living, online art galleries are the best bet. In comparison to a traditional art gallery, an Online Art Gallery is more beneficial to an artist.
About the Author
Kathy Austin is a writer for an online art gallery , Red Bubble. Red Bubble sells high-quality framed prints, mounted prints and more. You can sell art here.
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