About FigurativeArtist.org

Bill Murcko

Can I join this figurative artist directory?

If you are a) figurative artist with a good body of original figurative work in any medium AND b) have a good website or blog (no DeviantART sites, please), you are welcome to submit to this collective directory of figurative artists and fine craftsmen. The basic criteria – the weblink from this site must deliver on the promise of good quantity and quality of original figurative art with a strong personal vision. Still breathing is a plus, but not absolutely compulsory.

Why should I bother joining?

With an aggressive social media presence and frequent updates, our site draws lots of attention in the niche market of figurative art. With a firm foundation in SEO, search engine optimization for figurative art, we get LOTS of traffic, send LOTS of traffic to artists’ sites, and even bring collectors and artists together. More viewers, more connections, more possibilities, more teaching opportunities, more sales….

The biggest bonus is your artwork image appears with your name and both link to your web site. Many directories have names only (boring), making it hard to find exciting new artists in a visual field like art. Our images and filterable portfolio increase the opportunity for visitors to click on your link and visit your website.

What does it cost?

Figurative artists:

$30/year     Bronze Listing
$60/year     Silver Listing
$100/year   Gold Listing

An artist listing would also make a fabulous gift to a figurative artist is your life.

Figurative Art galleries:

$XXX/year  Standard, one image, your info, all your links
$XXX/year  Premium, image slider, images of your artists

Sounds exciting! What do I do next?

Submit your figurative artwork & website.
We’ll review it and get back to you.
Once your site is accepted, you may select your page style and price level.
The site is updated frequently.

1 – Submit Artwork
2 – Select your level of representation
3 – Update your information
4 – Send images or let us pick our own

Paula O'Brien, founder of FigurativeArtist.org

How the site started

Paula O’Brien – I’m a visual artist working on my journey as a figurative painter. I live in small town in British Columbia and am fortunate to have been able to do a lot of traveling. The site sprang from my desire to explore and share the many exciting figurative artists that I have discovered along the way.

Realizing that many others would never have the same opportunity to wander the Prado, spend time at the London or Madrid Contemporary Art Fairs, I set out to gather these exciting artists under one roof like a giant Art Fair but without the hassle of losing your baggage at the airport!

Using my web site and database skills learned through my job at Kidzsmart, the site began as a free invitational site in Spring 2010, a gift to the art world and a form of public service. In snips of time, the site grew, a bit like making a giant art quilt, stitching all of us together and building community.

For the first 3 years, the site was offered as a FREE random act of kindness and is a testament to the power of making positive connections.

Now the site has become quite a full time job and grown into a large and valuable resource for artists, students and collectors.

Web sites have become so much more interactive and need to be viewable on mobile devices. With the complete overhaul in summer 2013, a donation/support system is in place to make the site sustainable as we move forward. From 2013 onward, participating figurative artists and art galleries will be asked to support the site in some way.

If you enjoy this site, please bookmark it, pass it on to others, put a link or sidebar widget on your site or blog. Thanks!

Sit back and wander through our studios. Come and visit or join us soon. Almost all artists included here are still breathing but you’ll find treasures from the past in the Art History section.

This is a juried and curated site so you know you’re going to visit something fabulous when you click on a link.

The site does keep me out of my own painting studio more than I’d wish but I see the site as my largest art creation and knowing it’s getting seen and enjoyed by thousands of people around the world is quite satisfying. I’ve made some very interesting connections and been able to visit some very interesting artists on some of my own travels thanks to our connection.

Yours sincerely,
Paula O’Brien

Visit my site if you’d like to know more about me. Yes, amazingly enough, I am a real person.

 

Enjoy a lovely and tranquil slide show of more than 120 fine artists and artisans set to music by local musicians on my regional artist network site SunshineCoastArtists.org for British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. We’re just a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver, just enough time to have a coffee, chat, snooze or a stroll around the deck. Come and visit us sometime!

“Picasso was the first person to produce figurative paintings which overturned the rules of appearance; he suggested appearance without using the usual codes, without respecting the representational truth of form, but using a breath of irrationality instead, to make representation stronger and more direct; so that form could pass directly from the eye to the stomach without going through the brain.” Francis Bacon