I get asked this question all the time, and up until now, I didn’t have a good answer. Of course I have a sampling of my work right here on my web site. But an up to date, organized digital display of all of it is nowhere to be found. However, I recently discovered a great new tool for creating a complete online archive of all the work I have available as well as that which has been sold. It’s called Artwork Archive and you can view my public page here to see just what I am talking about!
I am still in the process of adding work to the collections, but I’ve gotten most of my still life works uploaded that are available for purchase. Since I have a lot of work, my plan is to add one collection at a time and to only include recent work (from 2013 and later). So, why am I so excited about this?
First, it’s a great way for prospective galleries and collectors to view my portfolio. Artwork Archive allows me to organize my work by collection. I can group paintings in any way I want–by subject, medium or a combination of both. I can choose whether to make a collection public or keep it private, by making it private I can share the link to the collection with anyone whom I wish so that they can see it first. For example, I’m not ready to offer all of my Colorado landscapes for sale publicly. I am thinking about presenting them as a body of work to some new galleries out west, as well as using them to promote my work locally while I am in Colorado teaching my workshop this summer. Artwork Archive allows me to keep those paintings separate from the ones I am ready to share publicly.
Conversely, I have a lot of still life paintings that I would like to sell directly from my studio. I’m not planning to have an exhibit of them anytime soon other than including them in some group shows, so having them available online is a great way to get them out there.
The other aspect of using Artwork Archive is that it allows tracking of pricing, exhibitions, awards, sales and other historical data that is important as your work becomes collected. It’s vital to show a work’s provenance in order for it to appreciate in value. While this may seem unnecessary to those just starting out, it’s a good habit to get into if for no other reason than to be able to track your progress as an artist. The exhibition tracking is also a great way to always know where your work is, as well as where it’s been and where it’s going.
Last of all, the system organizes the public pages of each artist using it into a section called “Discovery”. This is where prospective collectors and gallery owners can browse through collections to find new artists.
Artwork Archive is affordable and easy to use, I would highly recommend it to any professional artist who is looking for a comprehensive system for managing their inventory. Visit my Artwork Archive public page to see what I mean!