Megan Murphy is making art available for the masses.
Megan Murphy is making art available for the masses.Too many people believe that art collecting is only for the rich, and too few artists are able to make a living doing what they love. Vexed by this problem, a 36-year-old painter named Megan Murphy recently decided to take her grievances to the internet. But instead of a whiney blog, she began a business. As the founder and digital curator of Artocracy.org, a website that allows regular folks to buy affordable, cutting-edge, original art, Murphy has brought in nearly 65 artists with the promise of extra income and exposure.By selling digital copies and prints of her artists' work for as low as $30 and as high as $290, Murphy has discovered a market-based solution to both the public's reticence to seek out original art because of high prices and a problematic gallery-centric system that edges out lesser-known artists. "I mainly want people to be interested in art," says Murphy, "and with Artocracy, we're using capitalism in a good way."
|I mainly want people to be interested in art. And with Artocracy, we're using capitalism in a good way.|