Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First. Written by Emily Bench.
You can buy art online, of course, but what about commissioning it?Ohio State University graduate Shao Xun Loke believes he’s cracked the code with Columbus startup, PatronArt. Loke is the founder and director of the online platform that connects artists and consumers who seek customized pieces.
“Art commission is complicated; our goal is to make it as easy and accessible as possible,” Loke told me. “It allows the public to connect with an artist and see art as something that could play a role in their lives – it makes art relevant.”
A 2017 annual report released by business insurer Hiscox said that in 2016, the projected revenue of the online art market was $3.7 billion and is slated to surpass $9 billion by 2021. PatronArt, which went online in 2016, currently includes 300 artists. Loke said he has more than 1,000 applications from artists who want to participate.
Click here to read the complete article. Originally published April 9, 2018.