I recently spoke to the folks at Jackie Magpie about why we started illustrato.rs, why we think it's different and a bit about how we work. Here's an excerpt from the article:
You may have noticed we have a passion for affordable art and a fascination with the stories behind the illustrators, designers, doers and makers who brighten up our walls with their talents. So I was delighted to meet (well, virtually anyway,) Matt Kevan, one half of the brains behind the website illustrato.rs, an online gallery selling original contemporary illustration direct from the artists themselves.
illustrato.rs started life as a physical gallery, run by Matt’s friend Oliver Jelf and simply namedThe Illustration Gallery. Back then it was based in the artsy British town of Stroud, but last year the pair decided to move their gallery online in order to reach a wider international audience. Refreshingly, this move has not meant losing the personal touch which these guys have really fought to maintain for their company. The blog features photos and interviews with the featured artists; a chance to ‘get to know them’ and discover what makes them tick before making a purchase.
A quick browse of the work on offer shows that the it is carefully chosen and curated to keep the standard high, with original artwork and prints for sale by some top artists including Tom Gauld,Sam Weber and JM fave Lucie Sheridan.