How to showcase and present your abstract art online and offline

Abstract artist Claire Desjardins with her abstract paintings at art fair.

As an abstract artist, I’ve come to realize that presenting and showcasing my work is just as important as creating it. Whether online or offline, how we display our art can profoundly impact how it's perceived and appreciated. Here are some insights and tips I've gathered from my own experiences in both realms.

Online presentation

1. Build a professional website

Website of abstract painter, artist Claire Desjardins.

Having a dedicated website for your artwork is essential. It serves as your virtual gallery where people can view and purchase your work.

  • Quality images: ensure that your images are high-resolution and accurately represent the colors and textures of your paintings.
  • Detailed descriptions: provide descriptions that share the inspiration behind each piece, the materials used, and dimensions.
  • Easy navigation: make your site easy to navigate with clearly defined categories and a simple, user-friendly interface.

2. Use social media

Social media is a great way for abstract artists to showcase their artwork.

Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest are excellent for reaching a broader audience. They allow you to share your creative process and engage with followers.

  • Consistent posting: regular updates keep your audience engaged and informed about new works or exhibitions.
  • Stories and reels: use these features to give a behind-the-scenes look at your creative process or showcase your work in different settings.
  • Engagement: respond to comments and messages to build a community around your art.

3. Online galleries and marketplaces

Abstract artist Claire Desjardins, on Saatchi Art.

Joining online galleries or art marketplaces can increase your visibility. Sites like Saatchi Art, Etsy, and Artfinder are great platforms to list your work.

  • Professional profiles: create a detailed artist profile that includes your biography, artist statement, and portfolio.
  • Pricing and shipping: clearly outline your pricing, shipping policies, and return procedures.

Offline presentation

1. Gallery Exhibitions

Abstract paintings of artist painter Claire Desjardins, hang on art gallery wall.

Traditional gallery exhibitions remain a powerful way to showcase your art.

  • Curated collections: work with the gallery to curate a collection that tells a cohesive story.
  • Opening events: attend opening events to engage with visitors and discuss your work in person.
  • Professional framing: invest in high-quality framing that complements your artwork.

2. Art fairs and markets

Abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, shows her artworks to art collectors.

 

Participating in art fairs and markets can introduce your work to new audiences.

  • Display setup: use easels, stands, and proper lighting to create an inviting and professional display.
  • Marketing materials: have business cards, brochures, and price lists readily available.
  • Interactive elements: consider live painting demonstrations or Q&A sessions to attract and engage visitors.

3. Studio visits

Art studio visit: the paintings of abstract artist Claire Desjardins.

Inviting potential buyers or art enthusiasts to your studio can provide a deeper connection to your work.

  • Organized space: keep your studio tidy and organized to make a good impression.
  • Personal interaction: use this opportunity to share your creative process and the stories behind your pieces.
  • Exclusive previews: offer exclusive previews or early access to new works.

4. Collaborations and public spaces

Abstract paintings by artist Claire Desjardins, hanging in restaurant bar.

 

Collaborate with local businesses or public spaces to display your art.

  • Restaurants and cafés: these venues often look for unique art to enhance their ambiance.
  • Corporate offices: approach businesses that might be interested in renting or purchasing art for their office spaces.
  • Public installations: explore opportunities for public art installations or murals.

Final thoughts

Abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, stands behind her large abstract floral painting.

 

Presenting your abstract art effectively requires a blend of creativity and strategy. Whether online or offline, the goal is to create an immersive and engaging experience that connects people with your work. By thoughtfully curating how and where you display your art, you can reach a wider audience and deepen their appreciation for your vision.

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3 comments

Great blog post. Very hey adv. Thanks Claire. I just had an exhibition and now l am looking for prospective buyers but l live in a remote area (James Bay) so it’s a little harder in person.

Judith Dimentberg

Thank you for writing this blog and sharing these tips. I am from Denver, CO, and I started getting into art about 2-3 years ago. In Denver, the first art walk on Santa Fe is well-known. I was wondering where to start, and your outline has given me hope to pursue my creative passion. I just wanted to say thank you.

Kuiana

Thank you very much Claire for sharing this advice on your blog, it made me feel that I’ve got to tidy things up a bit ! X

Jenny Westbrook

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