Since we launched The Road Gallery in 2014, we’ve seen an exponential growth in online art galleries. The art market has been experiencing this change for a number of years but it’s now commonly accepted that people are more comfortable buying art online. Our own survey earlier this year showed that over 70% of respondents were at least somewhat happy to buy artwork sight-unseen online.
In October, we decided to launch The Road Gallery on Artsy, one of the world’s leading online resources for art collecting and education. Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Their growing database of 500,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 50,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy is used by art lovers, museum-goers, patrons, collectors, students, and educators to discover, learn about, and collect art.
Artsy’s mission, to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, resonates strongly with us. It fits neatly with our mission which is to showcase the work of talented emerging and established artists and to make their work accessible to people who love art and who want a positive experience buying art.
Artsy has relationships with galleries rather than artists. This differentiates it from the other big players in the online market space. Currently, individual artists cannot join Artsy. Rather Artsy provides a meeting place for collectors and galleries. Think of them as an introduction agency or a matchmaker. The other thing we really like about Artsy is that they are selective in which galleries they invite to join the platform. Their curation maintains a level of quality.
Take a look at The Road Gallery on Artsy and keep checking back as we’ll be adding new work on a regularly basis. Also, explore our current Arsty show, Trapping Ghosts by contemporary artist Joseph O’Neal.