Artyii showcases Asian art to the world
Singapore (WiredPRNews.com) Ai Wei Wei, Takashi Murakami and FX Harsono — these Asian names may ring a bell for some, but for many others, Asian artists in the contemporary art realm are generally unheard of as they are overshadowed by their more prominent Western counterparts. Artyii however, is ready to change this.
Discontented with the lack of channels to access Asian art readily, art lovers Shannon Lim and Ng Cai Lin decided to create Artyii. The idea and fundamentals for Artyii were stemmed from their days in university where they decided to pursue ‘something larger’ than just a good degree.
“We serve as a conduit for Asian artists to display their undiscovered talent to global audiences,” says Shannon, CEO and co-founder of Artyii.
Artists simply submit their work through the website at no charge, which is then screened by a panel for quality before it is approved and exhibited on the site.
From there, visitors can browse art pieces for purchasing or simply for their viewing pleasure, while art professionals are able to seek possible collaborations with artists whose work catches their eye.
Every purchase is made directly from the artist at best prices. Payment goes through the most secure system and buyers are given money-back guarantees if their purchases are misrepresented online.
As of April 2011, Artyii has amassed over 400 promising artists from South East Asia since launching in December 2010, with the numbers looking set to grow even higher as social media continues to hold considerable impact on the evolving Internet and art community.
At the same time, Best of Asian Art — Artyii’s Facebook page — is bristling with activity. There are regular discussions between artists and art lovers on art-related topics, as well as sharing of a diverse range of interesting art pieces.
Artyii is currently involved in potential tie-ups with hotels, country clubs and various other organizations to have works by some of its outstanding artist members displayed in their premises.
“Artyii creates a powerful platform for sharing art in SE Asia,” says Cai Lin, Artyii’s CFO and co-founder. “Increasingly, buyers are searching for Asian art online. Hence artists should leverage on this trend and have portfolios easily searchable on the Internet.”
At only 5 months old, Artyii is already a fledging star in the making. If you intend to buy Asian art online, Artyii may well be your future top of mind recall.
Artyii.com is an online art social platform showcasing art by emerging Asian artists. It also facilitates interaction between artists, art lovers, galleries and just about anyone interested in art. With the likes of investors such as MySpace co-founder Brad Greenspan having already taken interest in the company, Artyii’s vision of showcasing Asian Art to global audiences appears imminent.