2021 online gallery service reviews
Welcome to Art Stream Video’s February 2021 reviews. Our focus is on large art e-commerce platforms that sell and ship a “sizable” selection of searchable quality fine art and photography prints, in multiple sizes on canvas or other media, with optional merchandizing. Most ship with a choice of frames in different colors. Some also sell original works, shipped directly by the artist or gallery.
How we rank each service
Ratings are from the perspective of an art buyer. We rate each online gallery by Print Options, Usability, Service, Return Policy, Selection, and Overall Score (maximum 25 points). For service reviews, we use TrustPilot. Detailed review criteria are available here. Some offer web hosting to help brand your website (independently from the hosting service). These are shown with a small artist icon displayed in the lower right corner of each Ratings chart.
A second chart below reorganizes the data by rating category. We identified ONE Top Choice, TWO Good Choices, and THREE Honorable Mentions in our ratings of 14 websites. These are shown in a yellow box in the lower left of the Ratings charts.
We are planning a second review later this year (2021) to include more services, more emphasis on original art, and the latest gallery- and artist-friendly features like auctions, virtual views, and NFTs.
|Online Gallery (listed alphabetically)||Ratings|
Art sales are a small segment of Amazon’s business. Sell both prints and original works. Fulfill from both sellers and Amazon. Excellent site usability. Negative: Offer some pricey originals without condition reports. Search by artist, price, size, subject, style, color. Address: 410 Terry Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109.
Claim to be the world’s largest selection of art. Framed items arrive within 5-7 business days. Some negative reviews due to shipping issues. Find by artist, price, size, subject, color, shape. Sell prints only. Address: 2100 Powell Street, 13th Floor Emeryville, CA 94608.
Sell both originals and limited edition prints. Find by subject, medium, price, sales option, color, artist location, size, orientation, keyword. Fulfill through the artist only, including prints. Address: 1 Bickenhall Mansions, Bickenhall Street, London W1U 6BP United Kingdom.
Sell both prints and originals. Find by print, photograph, painting, sculpture, mixed media, work on paper, and new media. Also sell curated selections and art books. Address: 65 Bleecker Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10012.
They are an artist website creation company that connects buyers directly with artists. Feature artwork from over 4000 artists in 51 countries. Sell both original artwork and prints shipped directly to buyers. Find by artist, category, original or print, collection, subject, medium, color. Address: 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94103
ArtStar is an online “platform for discovering and collecting the contemporary art”. Oriented to corporate buyers looking for prints for the hospitality industry. Can find by artist, medium, color, orientation, décor style, and genre. Address: 1133 Broadway Suite 314, New York, NY 10010.
Features curated collections. Sell originals only. Can bid or make offers for some works. Can also sign up for art auction notices. Find by gallery, artist, style, medium, price, size, color, time period. Fulfill mainly from sellers. Address: 401 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10013.
Highly rated by independent review sites. 60 days full refund; 24/7 customer service. Find by collection, style, color, shape. Sell prints only. Address: 2025 Midway Rd. Ste A, Carrollton Texas 75006.
Art sales are a segment of their overall business model. Sell both prints and originals. Fulfill from sellers. Mixed reviews; Shut down stores without warning. Find by color, price, subject, orientation, occasion, gallery. Address: 55 Washington Street, Suite 512, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
|Fine Art America|
Sell prints and some originals and a wide variety of merchandizing items. Fulfill originals from sellers. Claim to be the largest art site in the world; well established. Mostly very positive reviews. Find by artist, subject, medium, size, collection, color. (Pixels.com is the same company). Address: 2415 N. Geneva Terrace, Chicago, IL 60614.
|Great Big Canvas|
Also own a separate personal photo print site. Prints available from both classical and contemporary artists. Good reviews; claim 750K+ images. Find by medium, subject, style, trend, color, shape. Address: 10700 World Trade Boulevard Suite 102 Raleigh, NC 27617.
Sell prints only. Features and extensive art blog “heartistry”. TrustScore of 4.8/5. Find by artist, subject, style, room, color. Address: 8280 Austin Ave Morton Grove, IL 60053.
Sell both prints and originals. Find by style, subject, medium, and artist. Address: First Floor, 24 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RD, United Kingdom.
Sell both prints and originals, but they are more original fine art oriented. Fulfill directly from sellers. 7-day 100% money-back guarantee. Offer personalized curation for individuals and trade pros. Find by artist, style, subject, medium, material, price, size, color. Owned by “The Abundant Artist” who also own Society6. Address: 1655 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Here are our rankings by category
In our February 2021 reviews, we looked at six categories: 1) Print Options, 2) Site Usability, 3) Service, 4) Return Policy, 5) Selection, and finally, 6) Overall Score. This makes it easier to select a service if, for example, you are concerned about returning prints or originals that do not work well in your particular setting; or if you are looking for a site that offers the largest selection.