Charles Saatchi Sues Saatchi Art

Charles Saatchi Sues Online Platform Saatchi Art to Stop It From Using His Name.

Charles Saatchi has launched a succession of legal actions in a UK court against e-commerce platform Saatchi Art, a wholly owned subsidiary of Demand Media, Skate's reports. This week, the California-based Demand Media (which also owns the site Society6) published its first quarter earnings announcing a large increase in profits in tandem with the double legal action by the British advertising executive and Saatchi Art's previous owner (Saatchi Art was sold to Demand Media in October 2014), who is looking to reclaim both the Saatchi name and profits gained from its usage (see Saatchi Art's Mobile App Virtually Hangs Artworks in User's Living Room).

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Artdoxa

Artdoxa contains a wide range of artists and offers portfolios to present work in a crisp and professional format.

Their site bills itself as “the community for contemporary art, artists and audience” and offers an easy to use platform for establishing a professional portfolio with a community focused on contemporary art.

Portfolios are open to anyone (no selection process or curation) and is aimed at artists, collectors, curators, dealers, people with an interest in contemporary art.

Setup is simple and you can upload unlimited images, videos and other files.  There is a ‘favourites’ service so you can ‘collect’ and bookmark portfolios which interest you - particularly useful for the collector or curator.  There is also a commenting system so you can establish conversation with professionals working in similar media or with similar processes and practices.

Well worth your time exploring the vast range of contemporary artists already online there and perhaps being part of it yourself.

www.artdoxa.com

Crevado

Crevado - is a portfolio site aimed specifically at artists and provides users with an entirely free, online, portfolio to showcase images of work in a clean and sophisticated presentation.

Let’s face it, “free” often means “cheap” but there is nothing bargain basement about Crevado which might just be the perfect “toe in the water” for artists who need a simple but professional portfolio.

Crevado Portfolios is run by Envision Technologies Ltd, who are based in Cork, Ireland.  You can sign up for free, which is fast and painless, upload your images and have a new portfolio site up and running in minutes.

The interface is clean and functional and gives you a gallery to present your work as well as an ‘about’ page.  The Basic (Free) version can hold up to 30 images in 5 galleries.  That might just be enough to start you off.

They also offer a Plus version at  €4.00 per month which provides 120 images in 10 galleries.  Their Pro version costs €9.00 per month and allows 2000 images, 200 galleries and 50 videos.  You also receive extras including use of a custom web address (www.yourname.com), password protected galleries and PayPal integration.

This service should be particularly useful to the thousands of graduating art and design students who are leaving college and university with a need to “have a presence” on the web.  They will be leaving with thousands of pounds worth of debt, so are not in a position to go splashing out on expensive new websites - perhaps this is the perfect balance; classy and free!

We tested out the free version using our archive of images which we have used here on the site.  It was exceptionally easy to upload them and we particulaly liked the simplicity of changing the order of images in the gallery.  Have a look at what we put togehter in about 10 mins! www.welikeartists.crevado.com

We also found an artist, in their 'examples' section, who we went on to 'Feature'  here on WeLikeArtists.com.  Just shows you - if you are visible people (like us) can find you!!

www.crevado.com

Artslant

Artslant - was launched in February 2007 and has developed into an interesting contemporary art network which lists and promotes events on a city-by-city basis.

It is free to register and set up a portfolio which offers an elegant animated slideshow to present your work as well as easy editing of your profile and images.

There is space for a profile with artist statement, link to your website and listing of representing galleries and exhibitions. People can also leave comments for you.

Open to all artists and art professionals including curators, writers, art lovers, and art organisations. They have writers contributing from major art capitals around the world, which makes this a lively site for exhibition content. They also offer juried online art exhibitions selected from artists' portfolios and feature the winners on special pages and promotions.

Their search service is a quick way of looking for a named artist, other art professionals or specific art venues.

www.artslant.com

 

Carbonmade

Carbonmade - allows you to set up a clean, elegant, online portfolio and split your work into different 'projects' with minimum fuss.

The whole experience is uncluttered and it is clear that they wanted to keep things simple, making sure your images remained very much at the forefront. It is quick to set up, has a number of display options, so that you can select how you would like your work to be seen, and is well worth a look.

In a recent workshop we ran with university fine art students, they all had their own Carbonmade portfolio online within 5 minutes, after not having any previous experience. They did find the graphic design of the site (not the portfolios) slightly irritating but that may just be fine artists!  They said, however, that they really liked the simplicity of the portfolio layout and speed with which it could be set up.

The free service provides you with 5 projects in which you can organise your work and a total of 35 images spread between the projects.

If you want more, there is a monthly charge of $12.00 which gives you 50 projects and 500 images.
Currently with over 670,000 portfolios and 10 million images, this is a site to watch.

The portfolios already online cover a wide range of creative activities. What is nice is that you can try a live demonstration, set up projects, change the way images are displayed and generally get a feel for the product before you sign up.

www.carbonmade.com

Saatchi Art

Saatchi Art - is a massive site with millions of visitors each day. They offer a free portfolio service for anyone who fancies having some of their work online and being ‘associated’ with the Saatchi name!

This all started as part of the Saatchi Gallery website, where masses of artists uploaded their work so that they could have a 'presence' connected to the Saatchi name.  In October 2010 the portfolio section of the original site was moved over to its own site - was  cleaned up, made more modern and less cluttered. It eventually became www.saatchiart.com.

The site is now for all artists, including students (previously students had their own section), working in any medium or discipline.  Once you register with the site (for free), you can upload images into a clean layout and also include details about each piece, as well as biographical and exhibition information.

If you use the search option on the site, looking for a particular artist, a number of related works also appear, providing a quick method of browsing extra content.  There is a considerable amount of material here and you can be part of it for free.

This has become a serious selling site and place where people visit when they are thinking of buying art.  There are often quite substantial sales and there is a great deal of professional advice so it is worth exploring.

www.saatchiart.com

Behance

Behance - promotes itself as "...The leading online platform to showcase & discover creative work."  They are also part of Adobe so have considerable resources.

Their portfolio system is clean, elegant, simple to use and functional on numerous platforms including mobiles. They also cover a broad range of creative activities.  Even if you don't use them for your portfolio, take a look at some of the content people have posted there.  There is some exceptional material.   

Once you have set up your online portfolio, one very nice option is that you are given a web link which 'strips' out the rest of the site and produces something like a mini website for you. If you e-mail this to galleries, clients or curators, they just see YOU, not all the rest of the content from the site. A clever and effective way of putting you first. We don't know of any other free portfolio site which does this.

They have a paid for 'Pro' service which extra facilities and have received over 50 million project views in the last 30 days - so there is a lot of traffic to the site.

www.behance.net

Artshole

Artshole - provides professional, emerging and student artists with a free platform to showcase and sell their artwork. They have a free listings section which provides a good source of exhibition and events material and artists can have their own portfolio.

They have extensive lists of art universities in the UK and galleries in London, as well as listings for artists using photography, web design, film and animation, illustration, fine art, graphic design, painting, fashion and product design.

Their free portfolio service requires you to send them material by e-mail so is not instant, like most of the others in the field but, that said, they attract a lot of people willing to place 10 examples of their work on the site.

They don’t take commission on sales and have a physical gallery in London for selected shows.

www.artshole.co.uk

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