The Best New Online Art Market Startups Part 1 –

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artFido is an online sales and auction platform for everyday collectors, to browse, search for, and buy and sell art. artFido is not just a forum for individual buyers and sellers of art. It is also a place for commercial art galleries and artists to list both current and back room stock.

At artFido, if you wish to buy an artwork, you can search for artworks in a myriad of ways, including by style, subject, size, price – even by colour!  On the other hand, if you wish to sell an artwork, you can set a start price and/or a reserve price (a feature not offered by many mainstream online auction platforms).

Both sellers and buyers benefit from the unique auction auto-extend feature, which extends the end time of an auction if a bid is placed in the last minute.  If you are a seller, you can be sure that the person who is prepared to pay the most for your artwork will be the winning buyer.  If you are a buyer, it means no more being outbid at the last second on an artwork you had your heart set on, and were prepared to pay more money for!

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UpRaw showcases cool, original art by new and upcoming artists.

Upraw hit the streets and studios from Sydney to London to unearth artists with raw, unadulterated talent. Carefully selected on a number of criteria, their artists have the technical and conceptual skills in their chosen media and are committed to their long-term artistic career. Put simply, UpRaw artists are the real deal.

UpRaw is the platform for these early career artists to launch onto the global art scene and connect with art lovers looking for great art before it has the ‘great’ price-tag. Paintings, photographs, drawings and original prints all with the artists hand, start at under AU$200 with nothing priced over AU$2,000.

From edgy street art to traditional oil paintings, UpRaw offers art to suit the tastes and budgets of all art enthusiasts and collectors. They constantly update with new artwork, using their network and renowned judgement to seek out the best fresh talent on the emerging art scene.


Ocula Auctions utilises the Ocula platform for online art auctions and sales in Australasia. The advantages and benefits of this are outlined in the Buying and Selling sections. Exclusive features include an artwork full screen viewer, data feed of comparable sales results, a 3D virtual gallery view and our exclusive custom built bidding engine.

Ocula Auctions presents artworks from vendors at a fixed or negotiated price through Private Sales. Their Private Invitation feature offers an invited user exclusive access to an artwork in their My Account. Private sales are a significant activity on Ocula Auctions.

Rise Art

Rise Art commissions their Select Artists to produce original works for their members. Their rental option allows you to trial artwork in your home at a low monthly rate. They even pay for the shipping!

At Rise Art, you can rent your favourite and try it in your home starting as low as £25 per month. If you love the art, keep it. You can rent it for as long as you like or buy it using credit from your rental. Otherwise return the artwork or exchange it for something new at no additional charge.

Any artist can build a profile and community around their work on Rise Art. On a regular basis Rise Art Select Artists are chosen by you and the Rise Art Board of Curators.

**Nicholas Forrest is a Sydney/London based art market analyst, art consultant and writer.  He is the founder of the Art Market Blog ( which offers independent commentaries as well as research and analysis on the current art market, and has recently been published in Fabrik magazine, Verve magazine, Visual Art Beat magazine, Australian Art Collector magazine, Art & Investment magazine and many others.  Nic has made several radio appearances (both nationally and internationally) as an art market expert and has received press from the likes of the New York Times, Conde Nast Portfolio and Times of London.

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  • Kris Growcott – artFido

    Thanks for the mention!  It’s been a long hard slog to get the site up and going, but we are stoked to finally be live!

  • Kenny Madden

    great stuff

  • Candlewood yankee Fine Arts

    Frankly………………………Not impressed….

    There is so much Contempory Art out here and it is not selling during these times , Sadly for the Artist living try to make it .

    James Stow
    Candlewood Yankee Fine Arts 

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  • anonymous

    I have been an artist my entire life. I have never “painted for profit”, but because of a very sucessful local artist and hard times I have been considering selling some pices. Even tho I have some pieces in the art museum in Huntsville, AL I dont think my name has been out there enough to really draw attention. I have looked at places that do print on demand and set up a sight with Fine Art America, but with no success. Does anyone have any suggestions to get my art career up and running? this is the website if anyone knows anything about it?
    Thank you

  • Guest

    Art and Decors ( is a great place for showcasing your art and commercializing it. It’s based out of India but retails globally. The best part is that consumers can view the paintings on their own before buying which takes art buying to a whole new level. I have been tracking it for quite some time and it’s starting to get some serious traction. Infact it even launched an art program recently to discover fresh and young artists in India and to help them commercialize their paintings!

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