College Art Online – artmarketblog.com
There are many online galleries selling the work of student artists but the recently launched CollegeArtOnline.com is definitely one of the best. Since the site was launched on the 1st of March 2009, CollegeArtOnline.com has attracted plenty of attention by offering a fantastic range of affordable works of art by a group of highly talented student artists. According to their website “CollegeArtOnline.com was developed to bring art to the masses. As its name implies, the website sells original works of student art at affordable prices. CollegeArtOnline.com enables art enthusiasts the chance to buy an original piece of art and collect works from artists who are hitting their prime in the art world. With prices ranging up to $3,000 and the average piece costing around $200, CollegeArtOnline.com is able to offer original artwork at affordable prices to the client”
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the work being sold by CollegeArtOnline.com and was able to identify several artists whose work I am definitely going to consider purchasing. One artist whose work immediately appealed to me was Houston, Texas born Mindy Kober. According to her bio “In her large scale drawings on paper, she juxtaposes stereotypical American characters and icons into foreign or created environments, where they can interact in various ways. These cultural relationships explore themes of politics, colonialism, diaspora, and nationalism, and environmental issues. Sampled images are taken out of context and combined in new ways for the viewer to interpret.” Definitely an artist worth watching.
Making the task of browsing the myriad of available works much easier is the excellent layout of the site which gives potential buyers the opportunity to either search for works using very specific parameters or effortlessly browse through the works on offer. With each work clearly priced and the shipping cost available without having to make enquiries or type in address details, all that the buyer has to do is decide which work they want. CollegeArtOnline.com takes a very reasonable 25% commission from works sold but registration is free for both buyers and sellers.
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**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.