Photographers, designers and artists can use Instacanv.as to showcase their artwork, raise their profiles and to sell to an online audience worldwide. It's particularly useful for less established artists as there is no barrier to entry. Art fan can use it simply to discover new artists, spend an entertaining time looking at the large collection, and buying art to have it delivered their home. It's also an inexpensive way to buy artwork.Show more screenshots »
Instacanv.as was launched in May of 2012 and within weeks had gathered a portfolio of tens of thousands of artworks from artists around the world. The app, headed by Chief Executive Matt Munson, immediately received positive reviews from major media outlets such as Forbes Magazine, TechCrunch and VentureBeat. The main lure of the app was the ability to transfer Instagram images to canvas art. It took a popular service - Instagram - and gave users a way to feel more a part of it.
Instacanv.as is unique in its focus on turning Instagram images into canvas art. Many other apps are available to showcase and sell artists' work online but this is the only one with the sole focus on Instagram. The fact that it creates no barriers to artists based on their experience or talent, it also gives users a massive database of potential artwork to choose from. It caters well to unique tastes.
For the art fans, the app is extremely simple. Calling up the home page, you can already see large parts of the art collection. Anybody familiar with using an online retail service will have no problem figuring out how to buy artwork. You click on an image, decide the size and frame you want, and order it. You will have to fill in credit card and other details, as usual. For artists, you can sign in from your Instagram account and start creating a portfolio to sell. You choose a personalized subdomain, set prices, and start to sell. The process is all done within a series of a few clicks.
Art fans only have to register if they want to actually buy some of the art. When they decide opn a piece of art, they can sign in through Instagram. When clicking on a piece of art to buy, you will be automatically asked for personal and credit card details. Artists must also sign in through Instagram.
The app is free to use and includes free hosting for artists. However, art shoppers will have to pay varying sums of money depending on the piece of art they want, the canvas they want it on, and for shipping.
The application is great, first of all, for starting artists. It sets no barrier to selling your artwork so you can start immediately if you have an Instagram account. For art fans, the app is ideal for those with eclectic or highly individual tastes. The database is large and, even if you can't find something you like in a bricks and mortar art store, you will likely be able to find it on Instacanv.as.