11 Artist Website Examples You Can Learn From

An artist’s website is a valuable piece of virtual real estate. When it’s done well, it mirrors the art that you create. 

Today, there’s access to a wide range of free or affordable resources that craft a space for your talent to attract new clients, agency attention, and a broader fan following. However, just because a website is beautiful doesn’t make it discoverable. Using an artist website as a tool to promote your talents involves understanding what gets you the best reach.  

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Lead with great visual design

The way your website looks should be intentional. Consider creating an aesthetically pure space where the art is the main attraction.

1. Make use of white space

Many successful galleries and museums all share a common trait — white walls. Viewers can engage with and experience art without distraction, a power you can bring to your site design. 

Artist website example of crisp, clean backdrop -  Artist: Benjamin Hardman
Benjamin Hardman uses a crisp, clean backdrop to pull your focus to his stunning photography.

2. Stick to your aesthetic

Whatever you do, stay true to your personal style. If white doesn’t suit your brand, the key aim for your site’s design is curating an environment that makes your work pop. 

Artist website example of non-traditional colors -  Artist: James Lewis
James Lewis not only nixes the traditional gallery white but incorporates animation onto his landing page for an extraordinary attention-grab that’s still simplified.

Build the user experience

The best artist website examples are accessible and easy to navigate. People can view your art and engage with you from anywhere — but only if you make it easy. 

It’s all about creating a positive user experience. Collectors, talent agents, and fans alike want to see what you do, who you are, and how to engage with you. 

3. Engage your audience

When it comes to capturing and holding their attention, a virtual audience is less forgiving than their in-person counterparts. Keep them engaged but don’t overstimulate them with a cluttered website.

Artist Website example  of clean design, interactivity and clear CTAs - Artist: Shantell Martin
Shantell Martin’s website catches your interest instantly — and keeps it with a bit of interactivity, clean design, and clear calls to action.

4. Keep it simple

Easy-to-navigate websites are more appealing and strike a first impression that holds a user’s attention. People form this impression — and decide to keep browsing or to click away — in about 50 milliseconds

Artist website example  of minimalistic design - Artist: Wenting Li
Illustrator Wenting Li uses a minimalistic design to highlight his work and make navigation simple for his visitors to explore more.

Maximize your virtual real estate while drawing in your audience with simple navigation through your portfolio, about page, and call to action. 

5. Showcase your portfolio

Use your portfolio to highlight a cross-section of your technical skills and artistic voice. If you work with different mediums, subjects, or themes, make sure there’s a balance reflected in what you display.

A clean portfolio landing page brings your art to center stage, as Katie O’Sullivan does with her works.

Artist website example  - Artist: Katie O'Sullivan
Katie O’Sullivan maintains a website that displays a crisp and clean celebration of her best work.

6. Create categories for easy browsing  

Other pieces — and new or developing creations — have a place, as well. Divide your portfolio into smaller, topic-oriented categories to help your audience explore your collection. 

Artist website example of segmenting a portfolio - Artist: Mark Stephenson
Mark Stephenson segments his portfolio into specific categories to direct audience interest.

7. Update your website regularly

Search engines favor regularly updated websites, making yours more discoverable. New content better engages an active fan base, as well.

To improve the user experience and engagement even more:

Artist website example - Artist: Tinneke De Block
Tinneke De Block offers the viewer variety from portfolio pieces, like photos of how a painting looks hung on the wall.

8. Introduce yourself

The internet is built around anonymity, but people’s behavior on it is all about the emotional connection

Organizing your art in a simple, appealing way triggers this emotional response — but your story brings it all together. Excellent artist website examples often have “About Me” pages that rack up more page views than other site sections. A personal story lends credibility to you as an artist and ties in conceptual ideas from your work to a narrative format. 

artist website example of telling the artist's story on an about page - Artist: Jessica Chou
Jessica Chou succinctly tells her story alongside her contact information and downloadable portfolio.

Your unique perspective, background, inspiration, and direction can all spark a connection between an individual and your work. You can inspire interest with your masterpieces — but ultimately, people buy from, support, and follow the person behind the talent. 

Tell your story through sections like:

  • Your educational background, mentors, and residencies
  • Accolades and awards
  • Past shows, interviews, or media attention
artist website example of listing awards, clients and press on about page - Artist: Jessica Chou
On her “About” page, Jessica Chou also includes awards, clients, and press attention.

9. Always include a call to action

A fan-in-the-making peruses your portfolio and gets inspired by your story — now what?

Guide your online gallery attendees to their next move with clear calls to action

artist website example of including clear CTAs on an about page - Artist: Tinneke De Block
On her “About” page, Tinneke De Block has clear call-to-action buttons to guide her audience’s next steps.

Depending on your business goals, this could mean prompting next steps like:

  • Buying a print or original work
  • Contacting you to chat about a commission
  • Attending your next event or show
artist website example of using a pop-up email subscription form - Artist: James Lewis
James Lewis adds a pop-up to his homepage for users to subscribe to his email list.

Improve your website’s reach 

The best artist website examples help you gain exposure, land commissions, and sell or license your existing work. But even the most engaging and appealing portfolio will fall flat if no one finds it. 

When building and maintaining your online presence as an artist, understanding some basic digital marketing techniques can help you reach the widest audience possible. 

10. Start blogging

That personal connection you set with your “About Me” page can be reinforced by blogging. Blog posts continue your story, add context to your work, and invite viewers to follow your personal journey with individual pieces.

Blogs expand your visibility, as well, because:

  • You have a space to use search terms and phrases, harnessing the reach of search engine optimization (SEO)
  • New content helps your website rank higher in search results
  • They’re content pieces you can share across social media platforms, speaking to wider audiences as people share your posts in their own networks

You can blog about your art, shows, life, and interests, like:

11. Build an email list

Social media is a great tool to bring people to your website, but email offers a more effective connection when it comes to audience loyalty and sales. 

When someone subscribes to receive your emails, they’re signaling interest in your personal brand. This opens up the avenue to have ongoing, customized conversations.

artist website example of how visitors can connect with the artist - Artist : Eric Pickersgill
On his website, Eric Pickersgill gives his audience a clear way to stay in touch and what communication they can expect.

Invite website visitors to join your email list, and foster this connection through:

  • Showing off your works in progress
  • Promoting events and shows
  • Expanding on the story behind a specific piece

Create and grow

Marketing yourself is critical to stay competitive today, but growing your exposure doesn’t have to compromise your studio time. Learn how to make promoting your digital gallery easy with Constant Contact’s free marketing guide, The Download — a comprehensive review of the best tools and techniques to help your personal brand gain better traction, audience engagement, and reach.  

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