Mayo e-business, ArtClick.ie, have just been announced as quarter finalists in the Irish Web Awards 2013 in the Best Arts website category.
This is a welcome boost for the fledgling business, whose beautifully designed and easy to use website has earned praise from many quarters.
The worldwide trend for buying artwork online is good news for Westport-based ArtClick.ie who specialise in selling quality Irish artwork online.
Edith O’Toole, co-founder of ArtClick.ie, points to the recent explosive entrance of online giant Amazon.com into the art-commerce arena.
“On their very first day of trading, Amazon sold a Norman Rockwell painting for $4.85million. That’s proof positive that art collectors are willing to trust online purchases.
“Already surveys show that 71% of art buyers have purchased art online.” ArtClick.ie could yet be the Amazon.com of the Irish art world.
ArtClick.ie has carved out its own specialist niche, showcasing quality Irish artwork, which can be purchased by collectors or gift buyers all over the world.
There is an impressive selection of original paintings, photos and limited edition prints on offer at ArtClick.
Some familiar Mayo-based artists feature, including Suzie Sullivan, Owen Rohu, Desmond Downes, Angela Emsen-West and Jessica Priddy.
Landscapes are a particular favourite as they are such a poignant reminder of Ireland – familiar views of Achill, Croagh Patrick, Connemara, the Sally Gap in Wicklow and Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry are just a sample of what’s currently on the website.
Leading art auctioneers, Whyte’s, have noted that expats are spending considerable amounts of money on contemporary Irish paintings to remind them of home.
“They are spending anything from €5,000 right up to €100,000 to have a little bit of their Irish culture on their walls. I think they’re very proud of where they come from and they want to show that off,” Ian Whyte is quoted as saying.
Having lived abroad, Edith and her husband, who is a professional artist, understand the strong connection Irish people have with home.
Having a special Irish painting in their home is one way to keep a little bit of Ireland close.
“Not everyone is in the market for high end original art” she explains, we understand that, and so ArtClick also features a range of inexpensive art and limited edition prints which represent great value for money.
“These are very popular as gifts and for special occasions like weddings and retirements.” Gifts can be ordered securely online and promptly shipped within Ireland and to loved ones abroad.”
Everyone loves a bargain and ArtClick’s ‘Make an Offer’ and ‘Deals of the Week’ sections are well worth keeping an eye on. As an online business, ArtClick is able to keep overheads down, which in turn keeps the costs for the buyer as low as possible.
“We review all artwork submitted to maintain highest quality standards,” says Edith, “We are also keen to ensure the buying experience is simple and transparent. A key feature is our 100% Happiness Guarantee refund policy, which gives buyers great peace of mind”.
ArtClick.ie allows artists to showcase their work to a whole new audience around the globe. It also gives the artist control over their own exhibition space with the flexibility to sell prints as well as their original work. “It’s so important for artists to have an online platform where their art is not lost among thousands of artworks. ArtClick provides a fresh new solution for buyers and sellers alike.”
Looking through a tried and trusted website like ArtClick.ie in the comfort of your home is certainly a convenient way to shop.
There’s great security too in knowing that ArtClick has already filtered the works on offer so buyers can be sure they are purchasing quality Irish art.
Pictured above: Edith O’Toole, co-founder of online art sales business, ArtClick.ie