**Updated Intro, March 2020**
I started this blog in the U.S. in 2015 when I noticed galleries shifting to an online model – either as a complement to their physical storefronts or in entirety. I’ve since moved to Edinburgh where I completed a Master’s degree in Collection Management and am now working at the Royal Scottish Academy as part of their art consultancy team – helping corporate and public sector clients manage their art collections.
With the recent onset of the Covid-19 virus, even more galleries are using online platforms to reach audiences and clients. And we, as consumers can only look at art online (at the moment! hopefully not for long). So, I’ve decided to kick this site off again, with an array of picks – this time highlighting new retailers from the UK and beyond. The resources section of this blog provides a handy list of all the sites I’ve mentioned so far. I hope you find some joy in ‘fake shopping’ for art as a fun diversion. If you are able to collect, I encourage you to support artists and businesses! Stay well! -Kristina
Thanks for visiting Couchside Collector! I started this site as a fun way to explore what the online art market has to offer. I’ve been a working artist and arts administrator in Washington, DC since 2000. I’ve watched the art market here wax and wane, and it is hard not to notice the number of physical gallery spaces that have closed in recent years due to commercial rent increases.
I, myself, run an arts space that functions as a shared studio and gallery space that sells work by emerging DC artists – usually at a price-point that would entice a budding collector. That said, I’ve noticed price does not seem to be the only barrier when it comes to people starting to collect art. There is a comfort level that many are lacking and I though maybe the ability to peruse for art online (say, from the comforts of your couch) can make navigating the market and making those first purchases a little less intimidating.
I hope you enjoy my daily picks, and feel free to contact me with your thoughts and ideas on the online art market! In the meantime, I’ll enjoy stealing away some time each day to surf around and find cool works to share with you all.
(Note: all posts are unsolicited, and purely based on my opinion and personal art tastes. I hope to be able to collect some of the finds I post and if I do, I’ll tag them accordingly.)