To be honest, I never expected to be in this situation. I started painting on a whim and now I am actively looking for galleries to hang my work. And because I never took my painting too seriously, I never dealt with any business things. Like inventory or size or description or creation date. None of this mattered . I was an artist making art.
But now here I am with excel, instagram, two blogs, and iphoto open trying to figure all of it out so I can enter a show. In the past I've created a database out of filemaker pro, but I didn't want to waste my time creating a subpar archive. I also didn't want just an excel spreadsheet since it I couldn't really see my pictures and plus I'm not an excel guy. Not my wheelhouse. So good old Googling helped me find the solution.
This website was exactly what I was looking for and more. I was able to create a database of my work that collected an image, name, inventory number, size, and creation date in one place. So now I have a listing of all my pieces and their pertinent info.
But that's just the basics of what Artwork Archive does. You can add contacts, locations, and competitions to your profile as well. Say you just got offered to hang at a gallery out in San Francisco. You can create a new location and then add what inventory of your work will be going there, how long it will be there, and record descriptions and notes about the event so that in the future if you are typing up your cv, you can remember the different places your art has been.
One of the most fun feature for me is the insights page. Here you can map where your art is located all over the country. Artwork Archive provides you with visual statics about sales, work value, and a location inventory chart. Its really kinda cool.
I am still working on getting better with the business side of things here. With so many other things that need to be done, having a site like Artwork Archive can save you valuable time so you can spend more time doing your artwork and less time doing your paperwork.
fyi, no one asked me to review this, I just had the urge to shout their praises from the rooftops.
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.