Top 5 Art Market Internet Startups –

tree startup 300x232 Top 5 Art Market Internet Startups   artmarketblog.comAn increasing number of art market related internet startups have surfaced over the last six months as buyers appear to be becoming more confident with purchasing fine art online.  Here are my top 5 art market internet startups: is a new US based startup that uses a facebook-like ecosystem to bring art buyers, curators, gallery owners, collectors and photographers together in a social commerce network. In modern terms they are Facebook, Flickr, Artnet and Etsy rolled into one site specifically for purchasing high quality photography.

Paddle8 is an online platform that enables collectors to acquire artworks free of time and geographical constraints.  Their platform focuses on a monthly series of guest curated online exhibitions. Through the voice of a diverse range of curators, Paddle8 will showcase a range of perspectives on how to look at art.  Curators are drawn from inside as well as outside the art world, embodying the multifaceted relationship between art and its broader context. They are launching Spring 2011

With Artsicle, New York collectors can try their favorite pieces at home for only $50 – so they can be sure the work is right for them.  The New York Based startup allows New Yorkers to choose any work of art from the Artsicle online catalogue to display in their home for only $50 a month until they find something that they want to purchase.  Basically what Artsicle are doing is offering a “try before you buy” service for art collectors. is a new way to discover fine art. From works for sale at leading galleries to those on display in museums and private collections, helps you discover art you’ll love. will launch in Spring 2011. is powered by The Art Genome Project, an ongoing study of the characteristics that distinguish and connect original works of art. Their team of art world professionals and engineers teach their algorithms to understand each work of art across hundreds of attributes. then learns about your preferences, providing increasingly intelligent artwork recommendations over time.

VIP Online Art Fair:

VIP Art Fair is the first art fair to mobilize the collective force of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries with the unlimited reach of the Internet. Its inaugural fair took place exclusively online, January 22-30, 2011, at An unprecedented event, VIP Art Fair gives contemporary art collectors access to artworks by critically acclaimed artists and the ability to connect one-on-one with internationally renowned dealers—from anywhere in the world and without leaving home.

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications



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  • Frank Zweegers

    Interesting info. Thanks for posting.

  • Oil Pastels Artist

    Thanks, I need to keep up with so much going on!

  • Jim Plaxco

    The marketplace is certainly getting more crowded. The abundance of choices means that artists had better research their options carefully before committing. It also means that yesterday’s best choice may not be tomorrow’s best choice.

  • Jose

    Most of these starups offer more or less the same, I don’t see a big difference for artists to change of exhibition platform..
    Best regards

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  • Richard

    Wish people would get more confident buying art online faster!

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  • John Briner

    It’s good to hear that there are efforts to bring the art world closer to the public through the use of Internet technology. I’ll be looking at the sites mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan Frazier

    Nicholas I have a request for a critque of an artist online (privately to me). I will reference several online galleries if you approve to critque his Art. Please let me know because I plan to invest market funds on this artist to promote his art and even though I feel he is worth it, your opinion would assist me in determining his public personna and chances for exhibition. Oh yes, I will pay for the critique, naturally.
    I appreciate your valuable time and look forward to talking with you.
    Thank you, Susan Frazier of Frazier Portfolio

  • Tout Shani

    Hi Nick,
    I’m curious, what did you think of google’s art project?


  • Mumbai

    My favorite has to Pure Photo. They have a lot of fine pictures and we can also communicate with each other.

  • Pamela Campbell

    My new website, aims to be an online gallery of galleries where people can search via multiple criteria for a specific piece of artwork even if they know nothing about art. Here in the UK we have a fairly stuffy attitude to art collecting and the hope is that this will encourage people to brave the snooty gallery staff and buy some of the fabulous original artwork that is out there. The website is only displaying part of my own collection with fake gallery details but demonstrates how the site operates. Might you spare a moment to take a look and let me know if you think this idea might catch on. The user name is: guest and the password is: constable. I’d love to know what you think. Many thanks for your time.

    Pamela Campbell

  • Aadil

    Another up and coming superstar in this market is

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