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Ulrich Delepee of Artsuggest Talks Art Print Editions and the Future of the Online Market

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April 5, 2016
Studied Photography at IED in Milan, Italy. Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

On several occasions, we’ve talked about the rise of the internet-based art market and the way it enabled collectors around the world to purchase works of the arts of any kind without ever leaving the comfort of their own home. One such platform is Artsuggest, an online contemporary art gallery specialising in Urban art editions. Since it was founded in 2009, it has established its place in the cyber universe of artwork trading and showcase, without ever having the need of an actual, physical space to do so. Recently, we caught up with its creator, French collector Ulrich Delepee, who explained the importance of an online-only gallery and platform, as well as the very business of dealing with art editions, the exciting features that ArtSuggest is offering to its clients on both sides of the art trade, and much more. Scroll down for our interesting conversation!

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On The Future

Widewalls: What are your predictions on the future of the Art Galleries, will all the gallery spaces inevitably need to accommodate their services to the digital age, or is this approach still just a trailblazing method?

UD: As of today, there are two different approaches: Traditional and Digital. Most of the galleries are more focused on developing the customer networks through Art Fairs or trade exhibitions… not really preoccupied with the digital approach. At the same time, some new online sales platform like ArtNet and Paddle8 emerge every day. Even some traditional houses such as notorious Auction Houses adopt online auctions in order to increase their sales. I would say digital is the future for each type of commerce regardless of what you sell.

Widewalls: You’ve represented numerous prominent artists from the Urban Art scene, as well as the emerging ones, who are some of your personal favorites?

UD: From the beginning my motivation has been to show artists I like, their style and work process. My interest is not only for distinguished and already recognized artists but also emerging ones. My customers purchase a piece of art of an artist they already know. They discover a new artist, not well known, while visiting artsuggest.com. Emerging artists benefit from this visibility provided via our online gallery. It encourages me to continue to exhibit artworks of different artists.

Widewalls: Who are the artists you would like to display in the future?

UD:There are many and many artists I would like to collaborate for an online exhibition. My dream is to display artworks by the Os Gemeos brothers. It would be great to have their works on paper. Nevertheless, I like also to display the same artist several times just to show how they evolved in time.

Widewalls: What are the next plans and projects for ARTSUGGEST?

UD: I have been working on a project of exhibiting around 300 Vinyl covers designed by Urban artists. But It should not be displayed in a 3D interactive environment, not yet. 🙂

Currently on view at ArtSuggest are the works of Speedy Graphito, be sure to check them out at ArtSuggest.com!

All images courtesy of ArtSuggest.