Anonymous Art gallery to sell art with no name

The New World Awaits, one of the anonymous works of art up for sale in a new online gallery
The New World Awaits, one of the anonymous works of art up for sale in a new online gallery
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YOU might end up with your very own Jack Vettriano, or even a John Bellany. Just don’t expect a signature.

A new online art gallery based in Edinburgh is selling original artworks by a range of Scottish artists – anonymously. The pieces, which have come from established artists as well as emerging painters, aim to allow artists to experiment with different types of art and mediums without having to deal with the expectations of the public.

Founded by two Edinburgh-based artists, Lucy Weir and Amy Schellenberg, the site hopes to make art more accessible to both the public and to artists themselves, who may not always be able to exhibit in a gallery.

The pair are tight-lipped about the artists represented in the Anonymous Art gallery, but the site also runs a “named” gallery which includes works by artists including Jacqueline Watt and Roland Fraser.

Weir said: “The idea is to get people looking at art in a way that they don’t think, ‘Oh, it should be nice’ because it’s painted by John Bellany or whoever.

“They’re looking at a piece because they like it, regardless of who painted it.

“If they know the artist, it’s alw­ays going to sway their opinion.”

Schellenberg said that the site also gave established artists the chance to experiment away from the hostile eye of critics and the public.

“It’s a great idea for artists who maybe want to show work in a different medium and might not want their name on it because they don’t know how it’s going to be received,” she said.

“Rather than being attacked by the critics for trying something new, they do it anonymously, see how it goes, and just get the work out there.”

The Anonymous Art Gallery includes a wide range of artworks, from still lifes to abstracts, as well as photography. Prices are relatively cheap, compared to the vast sums often seen in artistic auctions, rarely rising above £200.