Selling art online for new artists

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Hammersley Red Rocks by Rolf Harris
Hammersley Red Rocks by Rolf Harris

New artists can find it difficult to start selling their art for many reasons . There are 2 options which I would recommend for anyone trying to sell their art .

First of all artists should contact local and online galleries to showcase their work . Each gallery can offer something different so it is important to speak to a wide range of businesses.

Secondly, in the digital age every artist should have his or her own website . An online presence is vital in order to establish your name . A website gives an artist credibility and the ability to sell their own work without any commission. There are many different approaches to setting up an ecommerce site. Photogold set this site up in 1998 and we have been selling art online ever since . Our new project Photogold Ecommerce offers artists the option of having their own website with an integrated shopping cart . We can give advice on the best way of promoting your new website . For more details phone David Rankin on 07723-538941 or contact us online

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Jack Vettriano reveals new paintings

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Masthead by Jack Vettriano
Masthead by Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano seems to have been inspired by  the Riviera in France . He has announced a new set of 10 paintings  based on the Clyde-built Tuiga – the flagship of the Yacht Club of Monaco .”Most people are stuck at the end of Berwick Pier doing landscapes and so to get invited to be involved with the Tuiga centenary was just lovely. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself and ask, ‘Is this really going on? Am I really here?’ . The paintings include The Masthead , Sunshine and Champagne, Mystery Man, Ship of Dreams and Below Deck.

“I think the light in the Riviera is just gorgeous and for someone like me, the sheer visual pleasure that you get from being in that kind of environment – looking at beautiful motorcars, looking at beautiful women, the style and architecture – it stimulates all your senses.” Vettriano seems to have got bored with the subject of his rejectioon by the art establishment . He believes the public’s appetite for reproductions of his work is a greater reward than any acceptance by the Scottish art establishment, an issue that as far as he is concerned has been “hung, drawn and quartered”.  He said: “I’m pleased when somebody spends £20 on a poster and in some ways, that is my measure of success: that a man on the street will go and do that.

“It’s not about committees sitting in smoke-filled rooms making decisions. My support is the working man.” Jack Vettriano gallery

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Six new Rolf Harris limited edition prints

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Hammersley Red Rocks by Rolf Harris
Hammersley Red Rocks by Rolf Harris

Photogold has 6 new prints by Rolf HarrisFirst Snow, Hyde Park Horses , Sun on the Water, Tresco , Hammersley Red Rocks , Summer Afternoon , Machu Pichu Limited Edition Giclee Print on Canvas and The Legends of Wimbledon Limited Edition Giclee Print by Rolf Harris A new limited edition giclee print on canvas by Rolf Harris. This commemorative print has been published after Rolf was commissioned this year by HSBC to paint a canvas celebrating the nation’s 10 favourite ever Wimbledon champions. The Legends Limited Edition Giclee Print on Canvas Image size: 30 x 22 in / 76.2 x 55.88 cm Published in June 2009 Edition size: 95 plus 10 Artist’s Proofs plus 10 Haute de Commerce £760.00 . Wimbledon painting of 10 former champions

Rolf Harris said: “They are all so good at the moment, and the new ones are coming along all the time. Andy Murray with a bit of luck could get in there, he has improved so much in the last year”, he said. Unfortunately he said ths before Murray got knocked out of the US Open by Marin Cilic yesterday

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Pincer Movement painting for sale at auction

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pincer movement jack vettriano
pincer movement jack vettriano

Jack Vettriano’s Pincer Movement painting is to go on sale by auction at Sotheby’s on 30th September. Other paintings in the sale include Seated Nude (Study) , Study for Lady Stripper , After the Thrill is Gone (Study) , a letter of consequence II , Study for Lady Stripper , Twilight Zone and Self Portrait after Swannell

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Dance me to the End of Love painting for sale

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Two Jack Vettriano paintings are up for auction at Sothebys . Rough Trade, estimated at £100,000-150,000 (lot 150), and Dance Me to the End of Love, estimated at £100,000-150,000 (lot 149), are of particular note in this group. Dance Me to the End of Love is one of Vettriano’s most celebrated images.

Now, the first of the bi-annual sales in the field this year will be staged on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 and it will bring to the market superb examples by many of the best-known Scottish artists of the 20th century, including Samuel John Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and Alison Watt. The sale of some 150 lots – many of which have exemplary provenance having never previously appeared on the auction market – will be staged for the first time at the company’s New Bond Street galleries in London. Sotheby’s will, however, be travelling all of the works to the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on April 19, 20 and 21 for public exhibition.
Speaking about the sale, Andre Zlattinger, Senior Director and Head of Scottish Pictures at Sotheby’s, said: “Following the success of our recent sales – and the interest we’ve regularly received from collectors in Asia, the US, the Middle East and Europe – we think the time is right for Scottish Pictures to have a more international pedestal. The Scottish market has become truly global and we are therefore delighted to announce that our sales of Scottish Pictures going forward will be staged at our New Bond Street salerooms in London. Our forthcoming sale is one of our most interesting sales for many years; it contains a rich diversity of Scottish painting by acclaimed artists such as Sir Edwin Landseer, Samuel John Peploe, George Leslie Hunter, Anne Redpath, Joan Eardley, Sir Robin Philipson and Alison Watt. The sale has something to offer all collectors in the field of Scottish painting.”

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Rare paintings restored at Trinity House

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Two rare paintings are back on display at Trinity House maritime museum in Leith after essential conservation work.
The Trinity House collection includes four paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn. Most notable is a portrait of Admiral Duncan, who led the British fleet to victory against the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. This critical engagement in the Napoleonic wars made the admiral a national hero. Trinity House awarded him the Freedom of the Incorporation and commissioned Raeburn to paint his portrait for the walls of their headquarters.
One restored painting , dating from around 1885 and by an unknown artist, shows a Glasgow ship called the Loch Broom in full sail. The vessel was still in service as late as 1917, by which time it was in Scandinavian hands and renamed the Songdal, when it was sunk by a German submarine.The other painting, which dates from 1891, is by Bernard Benedict Hemy (1855-1913) and shows a steam tug towing a sailing ship.

Hemy’s family had emigrated to Australia in 1852, but he returned and settled in the north of England. Historic Scotland conservators Damiana Magris and Ailsa Murray carried out the work, which included cleaning and stabilisation of the oil paint.Ailsa said: “This is a lovely project to work on. The paintings at Trinity House give a real insight into the history of Leith and its role as a great sea port.

“But it’s also fascinating to find out more about the stories behind the paintings – the artists who created them and even what happened to the ships themselves.”The operation is part of a long-term project to conserve around 175 paintings which were transferred to the care of HS by the Incorporation of Mariners and Ship’s Masters in 2005.Hugh Morrison, Historic Scotland collections registrar, said: “Trinity House is a wonderful place and has a nationally important collection of maritime paintings and artefacts.

“Since the collection came into our ownership we have carefully catalogued what is there and assessed its condition so we can make sure that it is all properly conserved and protected for the future. The job of conserving the paintings will take many years, so we have started with those most in need of attention, and our experts are gradually working their way through them.

“The two pictures which have just gone back on display mark a remarkable point in history – the very end of the age of sail.

“In fact, it comes as quite a surprise to a lot of people that wooden ships like the Songdal would have been operating in an era when the oceans were being stalked by submarines.”

The incorporation, which was founded in 1380, had the mansion in Kirkgate built in 1816 and many of the paintings it contains were commissioned or donated by members. Historic Scotland’s Collections Unit spent two years carrying out a complete condition check and fully documenting the collection before starting work on the items in most urgent need of attention. Four paintings have been completed so far.

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Photogold featured artist – Suzan Wolters

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Magic Moment
Suzan Wolters .Suzan is a full time artist and has been for the past 25 years.
Suzan:”My love for working in clay is one of my most vivid childhood memories, I have been growing up with paint and clay, it was almost inevitable that I was being drawn to dedicate my live sculpting and painting. From my early twenties up to now I have been sculpting and painting, at first reproductions of antique dolls in porcelain, after that I sculpted infants in polymer clay and later my well known and recognizable happy plus-size woman in their full form.
I have always been enchanted with sculpts and paintings of big woman, in particulair happy ones, they are often so much more buoyant and graceful than thinner woman”.

Suzan received for her sculptings several prestigious prices at International art shows in New York. Her sculptings are collectible items in Japan, the USA, Australia, Russia and Europe.

“A few years ago my mother moved to a new house and asked me to paint her a big happy woman, I thought that would be a fun thing to do and a passion emerged….I was hooked!
Every time I am working on a painting I get ‘bewitched’ in putting together a voluptuous confident and happy female,it is a very fulfilling and gratifying experience.
I work mainly from live models, beautiful plus size woman with a positive image of themselves.

A ‘feel good’ mood and a smile is what Suzan is hoping for when people view her work.

Suzan Wolters admits to being a big fan of Beryl Cook

About Photogold David

Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk

Damien Hirst sale beats the credit crunch

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Damien Hirst’s new auction of art works has broken all the estimates to bring in a record total of £70.5m ($125m), with still more works for sale.Hirst has proved that the credit crunch has had no effect at the top end of the art market . His auction has caused a feeding frenzy amongst dealers and collectors .
The British artist has used the auction house Sotheby’s instead of the traditional art dealer.
It is the first time an artist has sold a substantial body of work this way.
Sotheby’s say the sale has set a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist.
The works for sale include The Golden Calf – a bull in a tank of formaldehyde, with its head crowned by a gold disc – which sold for £9.2m ($16.5m).

The extraordinary body of new work to be showcased at Sotheby’s is among his best yet.The Kingdom – a tiger shark also in formaldehyde – which sold for £9.6m ($17.2m). It had been estimated at about half that price.
The Black Sheep with the Golden Horn, another animal in formaldehyde, sold for £2.6m, within its £2-3m estimate.
The auction, entitled Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, was the first of three that will sell a total of 223 art works by Mr Hirst.
The second and third sessions are due to take place on Tuesday.
Mr Hirst has called the auction a “mini retrospective” and “probably the most amazing show I’ve put on”.
It has been called a landmark sale , but that the artist says galleries can be snobby and elitist.
A spokesman for the auction house Sotheby’s said: “The extraordinary body of new work to be showcased at Sotheby’s is among his best yet – ambitious, exquisite and incredibly powerful.”

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Photographer David Rankin set up the UK's first online prints gallery , Photogold , in 1998 http://www.photogold.co.uk