My name is Pierre Kuhn and I am the Founder of Artspring.
To give you a little background, I have a Bachelor of Business and have been running a web development firm called Kinetik Internet Systems Pty Ltd for the past 16 years.
There are a couple of things I am really passionate about. These are first and foremost being creative. I have always drawn, painted, photographed and designed as far as I can think back. Check out my photography site at pierrekuhn.myartspring.com if interested. Though I missed my calling as a fine artist, creativity has always been a strong element in my life. The next thing I am passionate about is technology and the internet. An infinite creative space I decided to make my canvas. The third thing I am passionate about is simplicity. Making life less complicated so we can focus on our passions has become the focal point of my life and my work.
This is how Artspring was born. Combining my passion for creativity, technology and simplicity.
A Changing Art Market
The internet is opening up possibilities for Artists to connect with potential collectors in unprecedented new ways. The Hiscox Online Art Trade Report of 2015 from Art Tactic states online art sales have grown from $1 billion in 2013 to $2.64 billion in 2015!! That is a whopping 264% increase in recent years. Proving early doubters wrong that people will not buy art online.
The exciting thing here is that online is not taking away from the traditional Gallery market. It is actually expanding the market globally. More Art is being sold and bought than ever before.
Our Vision – Upload once, publish anywhere!
Our vision is to facilitate Self Representing Artists and Art Galleries to leverage the expanding global online art market. We do so by providing a connected Art Inventory, Business Management & Marketing Tools enabling our users to manage their Art Business with confidence, ease and speed.
The next phase of Artspring will see the launch of Artspring for Art Galleries and the development of a powerful API to create an open platform.
We believe the coming years will see a massive influx of online only Art Galleries such as Saatchi Art, Art Finder, Art Space, and Rise Art to name a few. Our goal is to connect with those. The API and Artspring App Store will give developers the opportunity to integrate those and other services with Artspring.
For example, the first such integration we are planning is Etsy. Imagine being able to push your art straight through to your Etsy store. If something sells, the stock status will automatically update to sold in Artspring, on your website and any other connected sales channel. That is powerful! That is where we are headed. The fully connected Art Inventory!
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Hi, I am the Founder and CEO of Artspring. We exist to help Artists succeed online. I hope my posts give you valuable insights in crafting your online art business strategy. If you have questions or just want to say hi, please comment below. I would love to hear from you.All stories by: Pierre Kuhn