We love art. We love artists. But let’s face it: owning and collecting original artwork can be a pricey hobby, and not one that everyone can afford. It especially seems a shame when there are so many beautiful pieces out there waiting to be sold to a good home. Luckily, there are some innovative websites that are utilizing technology to make it possible for regular Joes to get their hands on great art.
One way to have art is to purchase prints. But sometimes these can be low quality and a disservice to the original piece. But American Flat has mastered the art of replicating work using giclée ink-jet printing, which produces surprisingly high-quality results. The reproduced works generally sell for between $90 and $250.
Uprise Art uses a simple model: payment plans. Basically, the free-to-join website allows members to browse current collections of new artists and enroll in a payment plan to purchase work. On the plan, users pay $50 per month until they have paid the full cost, generally somewhere between $1,000 and $10,000.
Buying a $10,000 piece of art can be a big commitment, especially those whose tastes change over time. For those people Artsicle may be the answer. Members of the website can rent works indefinitely, with prices starting at $25 per month. Work can be kept for any amount of time so long as renters continue paying the monthly rate; and if they decide that they want to keep it permanently, they can always purchase it outright from the website.