You can visit the complete Alphabetical Artist List from our Member Galleries all in one place.
The art listed for sale by our Members can be searched for in a variety of ways. By artist name, price range, dimensions, a specific period of years or time period, specific colors or materials and many other ways as well. The more information you add or choose on our Advanced ArtQuest Search, the more narrow your search will be with less artwork to peruse. If you'd like to see all the art listed by a particular artist then enter the artist name and leave all other fields blank. Want to see art listed by a particular artist but only see paintings on canvas? You can do that as well by entering the artist name and choosing the support of canvas. There a so many ways to narrow your search that it depends on exactly what you'd like to do. Take a moment and visit our Advanced ArtQuest Search to see how easy it is to locate what your are seeking when it available for sale here at ArtQuest.
ArtQuest is not a physical gallery. We simply provide an online service for locating art that is for sale in virtual galleries that are created by our members. Interested buyers can then email members directly. This method reduces fees and commissions which has always been an important goal of ArtQuest. The responsibility of appraisals, certificates, sales, authenticity, etc., are all up to the buyer and seller to transmit and secure from one another through their own methods after contact. Suggestions, questions and comments are always welcome and help us provide a better service. You can either send us a message or send us a testimonial any time. Here is more information about ArtQuest and how we got our start.
- Take some time to learn about the individual artist of the artwork you're interested in purchasing instead of following the latest styles or trends of the moment. Popularity one day does not mean an artist's work will go up in value in the future.
- Educate yourself about new artists as this can help you purchase an artwork that you can well afford before the price becomes inflated. Purchasing works by already established artists is not necessarily the most profitable in the long term.
- There really is no correct way to collect art as each person has his or her own method of purchasing art. Find the style of collecting that best suits your needs and stick with it.
- Ask questions until you're comfortable. A reputable art gallery, dealer, consultant or artist should not hesitate to answer whatever questions you have when you're considering the purchase of an artwork. The provenance, condition of the work, artist biography and history are all aspects of an artwork that are important to the value of the work and your enjoyment.
- Buy what you love as the art you buy will most likely be in your home for a long time.
1) Payment made to you through Western Union.
2) Payment made to you through PayPal since applicants are usually screened.
3) A Money Order secured through a bank when it can be verified with the bank where it was purchased. Please keep in mind that United States Postal Money Order scams are on the rise.
4) Acceptable means of payment if you check with the institutions on which the funds were written:
Information on Scams
Here is the way the cashiers check scam and USPS Money Order scam works:
You have an item for sale. It could be art, a car, a boat, a computer, etc. The person who contacts you is generally from another country. Typically Africa, the UK and Nigeria. The person then indicates they would like to purchase the item and they have a business associate or someone who owes them money in the U.S. They tell you that since this person is in the U.S. they would like to have that person send you a cashiers check for the amount they are owed. Let's say in this case it's $8,000 and you have art for sale for $5,000. They ask you to accept and deposit the cashiers check for $8,000, keep $5000 as payment for the art and then they trust you to send them the remainder. The problem is that the cashiers check you receive is counterfeit. However, by the time the cashiers check is determined to be counterfeit, you have already shipped the art and sent the difference to them and now you're out the $3000 as well as the artwork you shipped.
Please be very careful with your art transactions. Cashiers Checks are NOT cash.
Another variation: The buyer will say that they "accidentally" sent more funds than the art being purchased and to please send them the difference.
Postal Money Order variation: They send multiple money orders that are sequentially numbered. Most will be made out in the amount of $950.00. They send you over the amount that is owed to you for the art and request the balance. We do recommend you visit the Fraud Guides website upon receiving postal money orders to determine legitimacy.
Police Detectives indicate that you should never take a cashiers check from a stranger unless you call the bank that issued the check and verify not only the check number but who the check was made payable to. The number on the cashiers check could be a copy of a real number, so you want to make sure that the number on the cashiers check has been made payable to you.
Here is how the credit card scam works:
There is usually quite a bit of e-mail correspondence between the parties and eventually shipping is addressed which they indicate they will have their shipper contact you or they will give you a bogus shipping company to call. You're then given a credit card number and expiration date. If you are savvy enough to request the security code on the back of the card, some scammers even have that information since they are dealing in stolen credit cards. As the story goes, it all goes smoothly until the actual credit card holder receives their monthly bill which sometimes can be almost 2 months later. The credit card holder calls their credit card company to dispute the charge and the credit card company issues a charge back and now you're out the funds as well as the art you have shipped. And it can even go one step further. Here you think everything went so smooth with your first sale and this scammer now comes back a few weeks later and indicates to you that since you already have their credit card information and everything went so smooth with the first sale that perhaps you could help them secure the cell phones or tv they seem to be having problems ordering. These scammers depend on your trustful nature since your first sale with them went so well. Again, you won't know until a month or two later when a charge back appears.
ArtQuest will not accept a credit card for the payment of art. The only time a credit card will be accepted as payment for art is from an existing customer who has successfully purchased from us previously with a business or personal check.
Here is additional advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
Most scams involve a party who indicates they live in a country other than the United States. If a check "clears" within the typical one to five business days but later is discovered to be fraudulent, the bank customer who deposited the check will inevitably be held financially responsible. Just because the bank allows you access to the funds, does not mean that the check is legitimate. Regulations require financial institutions to make funds from a deposit available within one to five business days which does not make a check legitimate since it can literally take many weeks before a bank finds that a check is fraudulent.
There are a number of ways people end up with fake checks and leading the fraudulent arena is work-at-home schemes. Another top fraud on the list is fake checks being sent to people who believe they have won a sweepstakes or lottery. These victims are told to cash the checks and wire money to supposedly pay the taxes or other fees associated in their winnings. Yet another fake check scheme is someone selling an item and sends a check for more funds than the item is being sold. The seller is then asked to wire the difference back to the buyer. There always seems be a fairly decent explanation for the larger check amount. But only later and sometimes quite a bit later, after you've shipped the item and sent funds back to them, does the seller actually learn from the bank that the check was returned as counterfeit. That's how people become victims to scams.
Take the following precautions so you do not become a scam statistic:
Are there additional places that should be notified about fraud or scam attempts ?
- FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
- Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
- Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)
- Look up the non-emergency number for your local police department.
The Featured Artwork Slideshow appears not only at the top of our homepage but the slideshow also appears at the bottom of all of our informational pages, too! You can easily purchase an advertisement in our Featured Artwork Slideshow and the costs for monthly, quarterly and annual slideshow subscriptions are posted online.
All Secure Encryption capable browsers will recognize our Secure Payment Check Out should you wish to pay by Visa or Mastercard. We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol from Commodo to protect all transfer of credit card information. A firewall as well as authentication techniques are also used to prevent unauthorized third-parties from accessing order information, databases and the like. Credit Card Transactions are safe and secure at ArtQuest. We also offer you the choice of paying by check, money order, and cashiers check.
Yes, we do host websites annually. You can find more information about our annual hosting accounts which come packed with features ! We only host annually since we do not penny you for needing a service here or a service there. Our control panels are all inclusive and you can maintain email accounts, databases, shopping carts, and more !
You can retrieve your password on any Log-In screen. Simply choose to have it emailed directly to you.
It's free to join the membership of ArtQuest®. Simply fill out the New Member Registration Form. After you submit the form, you can then add a gallery, links, etc., to our service. Becoming a member allows you to create a gallery for free where you can list one work of art so that you have representation here at ArtQuest® as well as add your link to our Links Library with the free link exchange.
We receive many notes from members asking why they don't appear in the Links Library or the alphabetized or catogory Link Lists after filling out the New Member Form. Keep in mind that our member information is treated with complete confidentiality so you won't find member information listed anywhere on our service. If you'd like your site to appear in the Links Library, simply add your link by filling out the Links Library Form. If you'd like your art to appear in the alphabetized Artist List, simply add art to your gallery and the artist names will automatically be picked up by our searchbot for inclusion in the alphabetized Artist List.
Simply edit your email address or password in your Online Member Account. Keeping your email address up-to-date is a very important step since this is how interested buyers will reach you. Keep in mind that ArtQuest will send out a quarterly email to be sure your email address is still reachable. If the quarterly email bounces back from the email address you've added to your account, we will attempt to call the phone number you have entered into your Member Account. If we can not reach you by phone or email, everything you've added under your Member Account, including galleries, links as well as your Member Account, will be removed since buyers can no longer reach you to purchase art.
It is free to add an art gallery and list one work of art so that you have representation here at ArtQuest®. To add more than one work of art, you'll need to purchase a yearly subscription which allows you to add as many works of art to your gallery by as many artist's as you wish. Our Art Gallery Subscription costs are truly reasonable for having a yearly online presence.
You must first create a gallery and add an artwork for sale by the artist name you want to appear. Our searchbot will automatically pick up any artist name that you add to your gallery and place it in the alphabetized artist list.
Our Annual Gallery Subscription allows unlimited art listings in your gallery. Although it is free to add an art gallery and addone work of art to your gallery so that you have representation here at ArtQuest®, our Annual Gallery Subscription allows you to add as many artworks by as many artists as you wish.
As long as you upload a high resolution image that is atleast 1600 pixels or larger, the zoom tool will automatically work. The clearer the picture, the more detail will be shown when viewing the art with the zoom tool.
You will receive an email reminder 1 month prior to your annual anniversary so that you have plenty of time to renew your gallery. If you do not renew your gallery by the due date, your gallery will expire and no longer appear on our service.
POR means Price on Request. If you do not post a price with an artwork in your gallery, the system will automatically post POR for you.
OBO simply means Or Best Offer.
Yes, we do and we accept any size of photograph but recommend a 3" x 5" or 4" x 6". Please keep in mind, the clearer the picture, the better quality of scan. When taking a picture, we recommend taking the picture straight on at the object. Any angling of the camera or angling of the artwork to minimize flash burn will produce an angled image where the actual artwork may end up being cropped in order to create a square digitized image. After adding art to your gallery, you will receive a unique number for each listing. Simply write that unique number on the back of the picture and it will be posted with that listing. Upon request, we can also email you a copy of each high resolution scan so you have a digitized copy for your records. We always scan at high resolution so that visitors can use our zoom tool and zoom into the image to see detail. Images will be scanned at least 1600 pixels or higher so that our zoom tool will automatically work with your images. Scanned images are posted the very same day we receive them in the mail. Here are the costs for scanning photographs.
There are many ways to scan art and here are just a few.
1) The first way to scan would be to simply use any device (phone, ipad, etc.,) and snap a picture. Then you don't have to scan as the picture will already be digitized! Be sure the device you are using is not set to compress the image or you will end up with a low resolution image that will not yield a high resolution picture so that visitors can see the detail in the art work. Try to take the photograph straight on and do not angle the camera or angle the work of art. If you angle either the camera or the art, then cropping occurs directly into the image.
2) The second method of scanning art (ie. paintings, sculpture, photographs) is to take a picture of your artwork with a camera and have it developed into a photograph. You can then take the photograph to a local place near you that has scanners and tell them you want your photograph converted into a high resolution digital file.
3) Another method of scanning art is to photograph the art onto slide film with a 35mm camera. Slide film is said to be the best because the colors can't be tampered with by the film developers. Once you have your art on film, you can take it to a local cdrom shop to have the film developed onto cdrom where the images are stored in digital files. There are also slide scanners that you can purchase which will let you create a digital file directly from the slide which you will then store to a floppy or hard disk on your computer. You can also scan the art work directly on the scanner bed if the artwork is not too large. Just lay the art on the scanner bed, close the cover and scan the work. This is a great way to capture images of small paintings, watercolors or prints. The quality is great and sometimes, and when you scan at high resolution, you can even see the texture of the paper using our zoom tool.
4) You can always send the photograph to ArtQuest® for scanning. Sending us a photograph of your very best image will usually allow us to scan at high resolution so the zoom tool people use when viewing art here at ArtQuest® will show the detail of the artwork.
We recommend that you never lift an unmounted print or drawing by the corners. When lifting a print or drawing, slide a sheet of cardboard beneath it as a support and hold the cardboard, not the art. If you must use your hands, then use a piece of tissue paper or photography gloves so that your fingers do not touch the artwork since oils from our fingers damage paper. Remember to support the long sides of the cardboard with both hands.
Shipping material you will need:
1) A Flat Pack or Print Pad. If you can not locate these items, then use a sturdy piece of cardboard for the art and possibly corrugated cardboard for the outside packing material.
2) Packing tape.
Protecting the artwork:
Protect the artwork with acid free tissue paper on both the front and the back.
Place two or three layers of cardboard on both sides of the art to prevent any sort of bending. Tape around the outside of the cardboard pieces so they stay together. You might consider leaving a lip of tape where you fold the tape over at the end so it is easier to remove upon receipt.
To prevent the art from moving around within the cardboard: Fold a sheet of paper into a triangle that has one open end. Place a triangle on all four ends of the print or drawing. Then tape ONLY the triangles to the cardboard. The triangles can be easily removed by removing the tape on the triangles when it is received. Leave a lip of tape on the triangles as well so they are easier to remove. Never try to bend the print into a triangle. Place each triangle on an edge of the artwork, then tape each triangle to the cardboard.
Place the taped up cardboard between two pieces of corrugated cardboard and tape all sides securely. You could also further pack it into a mirror pack or another couple pieces of cardboard to prevent any type of bending during transit.
NOTE: Serigraph prints are best shipped flat since they are prone to crack. Also, if the work of art is a valuable investment, it is not recommended to roll fine art since corners can get bent and the art could be accidentally creased.
It all depends on what country the work is being shipped from and what country the art work is being shipped to. Although insurance against theft is usually what springs to mind as the biggest risk of shipping art, damage is more of a possibility. So, with that in mind, packing your art for a long journey is paramount to the artwork arriving safely at its destination. The single largest hurdle to artwork arriving undamaged is due to basic inadequate packing. Some countries also have custom quirks that basically hold the art for a few days to make sure it's not a treasure of some other country, etc.
An oil painting on linen canvas is easily susceptible to mold in a damp warehouse or blistering may happen in an overheated shipping container left on the tarmac of an airport. Then just add a little bit of bubble wrap into the equation and the outcome can be catastrophic for just about anything wrapped in it. Bubble wrap secretes some type of sticky substance when exposed to heat that can damage paintings and photographs.
Art shipments are also subject to regulation. For instance, fine art that requires crating must be packed in certified heat-treated wood crates or they may be sent back to you. In 2005, the United States, the European Union, China and other countries enacted restrictions on the use of wood-based packing materials for import and export. All crates must now be certified and stamped "heat-treated" to insure against infestation by wood-boring pests.
To guarantee the safety of your art, you may have to spend more money than you might expect. And don't think you can always stuff a small painting into your suitcase when travelling overseas either as you might find out when you go through customs that you owe 5 percent duty!
The good news is... that many shipping and packing companies work with overnight air freight companies like FedEx and DHL. This gives you the best of both the packing and shipping worlds as they have expert packing coupled with guaranteed, nonstop delivery.
Yes, we do offer a free link exchange here at ArtQuest®. The required link back to ArtQuest must reside on the domain you are listing in our Library and must be on a page that you can actively navigate to on your site. If you can not offer a link back to ArtQuest, consider listing your site in our Links Library for an annual fee. Only art related sites are allowed in our Library and any site that is added that is not art related will automatically be removed. Our Links Library truly does help our visitors find an art related site to visit when they are ready to depart our service.
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