Saatchi Online is a global online gallery that offers art lovers and collectors – seasoned and new – insider access to new talent from around the world. To anyone who is interested in modern art, the name Saatchi doesn’t need an introduction. Saatchi has always been very central to modern British art, supporting people who are now very established (such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin) back when they were lean Young British Artists.
Launched in 2006 by the globally renowned Saatchi Gallery in London, Saatchi Online aims to continue the gallery’s legacy of promoting new, contemporary talent and bringing great art to a wide audience. Saatchi Online showcases carefully curated contemporary art from over 100 countries, making it super easy for anyone interested in purchasing new art to both find works they love and also to seek out strong new talent. The photography section is very well represented too, offering a variety of photographic prints.
For anyone who’s an artist it is interesting to note that you can sell through them as well, both the original and prints, they handle all the logistics and pay 70% to you, the artist, rather than the traditional 50/50 split employed by galleries. Saatchi Online offers a plethora of ways to get involved, such as a newsletter tailored to your interests as either a collector or an artist. As an artist you can for instance submit an entry to New Sensations, one of the sought-after events at Frieze Week in London where the judges have included such luminaries as Antony Gormley, Gary Hume, Alison Jacques, Maureen Paley and Ralph Rugoff.
You can shop for art in your own time, the site is super-easy to access and you can pinpoint your search in all manner of ways. To be honest it’s lovely to just browse at your leisure and marvel at the vast creativity on display. As they show artists from all over the world, you’re getting information it would nigh impossible to gather in person unless you literally travelled non-stop, attending openings on a daily and nightly basis. With prices that start at less than $50 for a print, it makes it very accessible to purchase. The perfect solution, too, for anyone who might feel intimidated by the traditional gallery set-up, or lives outside of the urban art scene. In a nutshell, it is as if you have the Saatchi Gallery as your own private art dealer, available 24 hours a day!
Words by Anna Bang
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