Art Trends: Basquiat’s Rise to Global Notoriety

The last Art Trends post covered the work of 15th century Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. Now, we’re exploring more contemporary art as we dive into one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings. The late Basquiat is a well-known artist typically associated with Pop artist Andy Warhol. However, despite his close connection with Warhol, Basquiat himself was not a Pop artist. In fact, he was a Neo-Expressionist. Why are we talking about Basquiat in an Art Trends post in 2021? Well, on MarchRead more

Art Trends: Botticelli’s $92.2 Million Dollar Painting

For our next installment of Art Trends, we’re taking it back to the 15th century. Yes, thus far I’ve mostly referenced contemporary art, but now it’s time to switch things up! In the art market, trends don’t always involve contemporary work. Sometimes old documents resurface or new studies emerge on the “masters,” which result in their paintings selling for high prices at auctions. An art canonical “master”can also trend in the market when paintings previously stowed away in private collectionsRead more

World Building: Queer Black Artists and the Portrayal of Desire (Warning: NSFW Images)

CAUTION: This post on queer Black artists features art depicting nudity and sexually explicit acts, as well as photography with partial nudity. In honor of Black History Month, I want to focus on a trend within a specific group of artists, rather than the art market. It is important to note how Black artists, especially queer Black artists, have created their own spaces and modes of representation in the art world. Their contribution to the development of contemporary art isRead more

Art Trends: Surrealism and the Work of Leonora Carrington

Who comes to mind when we think about Surrealism? Salvador Dalí? Andre Bréton? René Magritte? Or maybe Max Ernst? These are the most common names one associates with the movement. They are the Surrealists we frequently see in museums, contemporary references, and art history books. What about the artists we don’t see? In other words, what about women? It took many years of art history courses for me to learn about women’s presence in art before the late 1940s. ItRead more

Art Trends: The Resurgence of Post-Impressionism

Art movements stem from a desire to break away from the confines of previous artistic conventions. For example, Impressionism is a departure from realism, not only in technique, but also in composition. The expressive brushstrokes of Impressionist works emphasize how light hits the planes of a particular subject. The artists of this movement also created in-the-moment impressions of their subjects, further separating themselves from realism’s true-to-life depictions of the world. Therefore, Post-Impressionism is a departure from the spontaneity and useRead more

The Foolproof Guide to Email Marketing for Beginners

I don’t care what you’ve heard, email marketing is NOT dead. In fact, you’re losing out on a huge percentage of revenue if you don’t have an email strategy set up! Neil Patel quotes email marketing at an estimate of 23% of a total business revenue. The good thing is, it’s not too late to build your email-marketing strategy. So if you’re a beginner and want to learn about email best practices, this is a great place to start. 1.Read more

New Product Update: Introducing Greeting Cards!

As you may have heard, Greeting Cards are now available in your Artist Shop! While we’ve all received cards in varying degrees of banality and awesomeness, how can YOU make amazing Greeting Cards that will delight your customers and fans and prompt them to purchase? While you have your art game on lock, we’re here to give you some general ideas that may prompt moments of design clarity as you populate your Shop with new or tweaked designs perfect forRead more

Add New Designs and Promote them Frequently for Artist Shops Success

Want to know one of the biggest keys to success we’ve heard from thriving Artist Shops owners? It’s not just dialing in your audience and really understanding who you’re designing for (though that’s important). It’s not simply hosting a bunch of giveaways on social or constantly running sales (though both of those things are important).  It may seem obvious, but regularly creating and promoting your new designs is the best way to drive sales and growth for your Artist ShopRead more

Give Customers Holiday-Ready Designs

Help your customers get in the holiday spirit with designs perfectly paired for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other yuletide occasion. It’s as true for the winter holidays as any other major holiday (St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s Day, the list goes on), people want to celebrate wearing holiday-themed apparel. Make brand-new designs this season, perfectly crafted for cozy apparel, that embrace your favorite (or least favorite) parts of the holidays. Create ugly sweater designs, cross-stitch or knitting inspired art,Read more

Make Your Lifestyle Photography Festive for the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up your lifestyle photography for the biggest shopping season. Making your product images seasonally relevant is a great way to give your sales a boost heading into the new year.  How do Seasonally Relevant Photos Boost Sales? Dressing up your online shop for the holidays is a proven strategy to boost sales. Seasonal sales and promotions influence 65% of shoppers’ holiday purchases, according to a recent survey by theRead more

Start Sweating—and Selling—Performance Tees and Activewear

Activewear is here, and it’s taking off as more Artist Shop owners add short and long sleeve performance tees to their shops. It’s a versatile product for many reasons—the fabric being specifically designed for movement makes it a great fit for customers looking for workout clothes, athletic wear, activewear, and even athleisure apparel. Whether you’ve already created your own custom performance tees or are considering adding them to your product lineup, read on for our tips to design, market, andRead more

Create Costume-Ready Halloween Designs

Holidays are an incredibly powerful time to earn more with your online business. Your customers and social followers are already searching for products with the holiday’s theme in mind. Halloween, which emphasizes consumers getting new apparel unique for the occasion, is no exception. Why not make brand-new art on the products you already offer that can be combined in creative ways to help your customers create their smartest Halloween costume yet? Our Halloween design guide outlines several surprising ways toRead more