Saatchi Art: Rethinking the Relationship Between Artists and Collectors

Are you looking for a great new piece of art to add to your collection? Or perhaps you’re a first time art buyer and don’t want to be intimidated or overwhelmed by visiting a dealer? Now you can browse the Saatchi Art app on your mobile device or desktop and purchase a work of art without leaving your home.

Saatchi Art is a virtual gallery for both artists and collectors. It hosts a collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs in a variety of price ranges by artists from all over the world, providing a way for artists to exhibit and sell their work on a mobile platform.

The app has a clean layout and is quite intuitive to use. Immediately upon opening the app you can browse through curated works by categories such as “Gifts for Him” and “Artist of the Week.” Within a category, or in the browse function, scrolling through brilliant high-resolution pieces is a pleasure. There is no lag when you stop  check out the specs of a piece that interests you. Though you don’t have to create an account to browse, you can’t “like” an artist or a work or purchase a piece unless you sign in.

Features:

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Personalize your profile and upload art of your own. Once you create a profile, you can upload your own artwork, connect with other artists and collectors, and display artwork that you have marked as “favorite.” The Saatchi website also offers support to artists uploading their works to the app. There are instructional videos on how to properly package your artwork for shipping as well as tips on how to manage your profile including writing descriptions and bios, pricing pieces, and editing photos of your work.

Purchase art. Buying original art has never been easier – click on the artwork, fill in your shipping information, credit card info, and purchase!  There is a 7 day return guarantee in case you’re not happy with your purchase.

You can buy original artwork on the app or the website and you can also find inexpensive print versions of some works on the website. If you’re browsing on your phone or iPad and see something that you’d like as a print, you can save the pieces to your favorites, then sign in online to purchase the prints if they are available.

Browse featured and current artwork. You can look through artwork that is “new this week” to keep up with current and fresh artists and their work. When you click on a thumbnail of a piece of art, the medium, price, title, and artist are displayed.

                    Artist Profile

                   Artist Profile

Following artists. The names of all the exhibiting artists are linked to individual gallery pages where you can look at their other pieces and “favorite” any of their work. You can also follow any artist, track their activity on your newsfeed, and see which artists or collectors they follow. This is an outstanding feature that connects communities of artists and collectors.

Preview art where you want to hang it. With Saatchi’s interactive camera feature, you can take a piece of art and virtually hang it before you decide whether or not to purchase it. You can also share favorite images on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.

Find exactly what you want. In the browsing mode, there is a filter function that allows you to search by medium, size, and price range. The price ranges are $100-$500, $500-$1,000, $1,000-$2,000, $2,000-$5,000, and $5,000+. In the “curated” menu along with artist spotlights and current work, there is a category titled “Affordable Paintings for $2000 or Less” which enables you to search within a broader price range. There are many different mediums available for purchase, including photography, printmaking, sculpture, paintings, collages, drawings, installations, and new media. This filtering function allows you to focus on exactly what you want and also to discover new works within a specific medium.

The Saatchi Art app combines the pleasures of browsing and discovering original art with a convenient purchasing functionality, all while creating a supportive community for collectors, enthusiasts, and artists.