Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 26, 2008
Imagekind, the world's fastest-growing online community for creating, buying and selling custom-framed artwork and photography, today announced that it is now offering art from over 50,000 artists, to a fast-growing marketplace of over 250,000 users.
At Imagekind, artists of every medium and style - painters, illustrators and photographers - create online galleries to showcase and sell high-quality prints of their work. Visitors can purchase art prints, create custom framed masterpieces and order newly available greeting cards. In this way, emerging artists are discovered, and established professionals find new clients without relying on agents. Many artists are on track to make $60,000 a year or more in passive income just from their sales on Imagekind.
"The fact that the Imagekind artist community has grown from just a handful of artists to over 50,000 in just a few years really shows that up-and-coming artists are looking for new ways to display and sell their work," said Kevin Saliba, chief executive officer of Imagekind. "Imagekind is creating a new democracy that allows little-known artists to share the landscape with better-known and established masters. Imagekind's print-on-demand model allows artists to create their own galleries where they can set their own prices and connect with art lovers looking to discover unique pieces that can be custom framed and delivered to their door within days."
Three of Imagekind's featured artists - Eli Halpin, Richard Stine and Sion Lee - have generated new and loyal audiences for their work through their online galleries. Here's how:
Imagekind to the Rescue - Artist: Eli Halpin
New to the Imagekind community, Baltimore-based painter Eli Halpin turned to Imagekind after a Northwest home-and-lifestyle magazine featured a room in its pages that included one of Halpin's paintings. Her popularity skyrocketing, Halpin immediately started fielding inquiries from interested buyers, but didn't have a process in place to reprint, frame and distribute her works. With online research and plenty of competitive analysis, Halpin strategically created an Imagekind gallery where she now sells her works as one of the site's most popular artists. Halpin's gallery can be found here: http://EliHalpin.imagekind.com
Imagekind for the Pro - Artist: Richard Stine
Award-winning painter and illustrator Richard Stine has enjoyed a decades-long career and is one of Imagekind's most prolific artists. Stine has found a new following and a lucrative sales channel through his Imagekind gallery. With Stine's large body of work, visitors come to be inspired by the artist's sense of humor, use of color and signature style. Stine's gallery can be found here: http://richardstine.imagekind.com
Imagekind for Innovation - Artist: Sion Lee
Sion Lee is a graphic artist who creates contemporary works that he describes as "simple and clean with bits of retro and organic influences thrown in." Lee's innovative use of Imagekind galleries showcases his distinct bodies of work from the graphic puppies in his UbikiCute gallery, to the ethereal shapes in his experimental UbikiX gallery, Lee has captured a wide audience that continues to grow - and is selling more paintings than ever before.
Lee's gallery can be found here: http://ubiki.imagekind.com
Founded in 2006, Imagekind is the world's fastest growing art site offering over 750,000 high-quality fine art images for sale. Imagekind gives consumers limitless options to purchase museum-quality framed and poster art from over 50,000 domestic and international emerging and established artists. Serving as a community for professional artists to create and sell their work, Imagekind's goal is to develop a new online art experience that provides both consumers and artists with a new outlet for sharing, creating and buying art from digital files. Imagekind is the world's first community to serve as a hybrid art gallery, photo-sharing service and a print-on-demand service. Imagekind has partnered with leading brands such as Walgreens, Snapfish, Flickr, HP, Corel and Costco.com as a testament to their superior printing and framing quality. Based in Seattle, Washington, Imagekind is a privately held company.
For more information about Imagekind, visit http://www.imagekind.com.