A shark preserved in formaldehyde in a vitrine won't fit in your living room, but abstract loops dripping in brilliant colors and picture-perfect sketches of Old World streets from Ugallery.com's online art marketplace will. Choose works from more than 300 emerging artists, each handpicked by a committee of art experts. Only about 25% of applicants are deemed worthy by Ugallery.com's curator panel. The average age of the selected artists is 26, meaning they're experienced craftspeople who are just embarking on their careers. Ugallery.com also has a forum where buyers can speak directly with the artists, so you can demand explanations of enigmatic titles.
Ugallery.com’s prices range from $20 to $5,000; buyers can search works by color, price, school, size, or subject. If you're unsure how charcoal storm clouds over a field of lemon-yellow wildflowers will coordinate with your fuchsia dining room, the site offers a virtual wall with customizable measurements and colors, allowing you to visualize how a painting will actually look in your home. Once you’ve decided to buy, you won't have to lug your nouveau-Picasso across town—artwork is typically shipped within 72 hours of sale. Plus, Ugallery.com offers a seven-day money-back guarantee if you decide you need the wall space for a low-profile plasma TV instead.
- Ugallery.com [is] an online destination where emerging young artists can showcase and sell their work. The company also offers career advice, including help with artist statements and the appropriate pricing of artwork. Best of all, these services are completely free and include the display of up to 16 pieces of artwork on the site, as well as packaging and shipping if art is sold. – Stephanie Kaplan, American Artist
- The spot to find emerging artists, UGallery (ugallery.com) offers the work of art school students and recent grads at extremely affordable prices. Who knows? You could find the next Picasso for less than a Benjamin. – Ami Kealoha, New York Post
- Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a complete newbie when it comes to buying art, Ugallery is worth a look. It's a pleasure to browse and an affordable way to get your hands on a beautiful piece of original art. – Christopher Ewen, PC Magazine
Art's Scientific Value
Japanese scientists recently debuted GARY, the world's first robot programmed to appreciate art. Due to a breakthrough in nanotechnology, GARY is able to quantify the quality of art on a scale from zero to 100.
So far, GARY has awarded zeroes to every piece of mainstream art ever produced, save the works of one artist—Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light—that has garnered a perfect 100. Scientists have therefore theorized that bucolic cabins are the only worthy art subject. Although other art is scientifically valueless, the art at Ugallery.com has yet to be assessed by GARY. When GARY finally gets his eyes on Ugallery and his dome flashes green (certifying artistic merit), the $90 worth of Ugallery art you got with today's Groupon will likely skyrocket much like Kinkade's.