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Here are 7 free Squarespace templates that would help artists like you build a stellar portfolio or sell some art pieces.
These are handpicked from the Squarespace gallery and I tried my best to explain the pros and cons for each template so you can decide if it's best for you.
Here are a few things to know before you read on:
Let's dive right in.
Nolan was made as a template for agencies, but it can very well be suited for individual artists as well.
The home page is divvied into different sections, which can be a quick link to featured work (i.e., portfolio), past clients, testimonials, and contact page.
There is a dedicated portfolio page where you can showcase your artwork, and each piece of art has its dedicated write-up page where you can explain your artwork in detail.
Great for artists who want a simple but professional template to showcase their portfolio and build a branded site.
Kester is a fascinating template for entrepreneurial artists. The portfolio is displayed upfront on the home page, and there's a dedicated email sign-up form to get subscribers.
Note that email marketing is a separate add-on for Squarespace.
Kester also features a dedicated eCommerce page for artists who are interested in selling their artwork.
For artists who are interested in building a following and monetize your blog traffic, there's a dedicated blog section.
Great for artists who want to build a following and sell their artwork online.
Matsuya is a simple portfolio template that adopts a masonry layout — the one that looks like Pinterest.
This layout is dynamic, which means you can add a bunch of images of different dimensions, and Squarespace will resize and arrange them neatly for you.
When a user clicks on the individual images, a slideshow will pop up, and they can view the image in its original size.
You can also customize the positioning for each and the gutter sizes (the space between images).
For artists who want to display their portfolio in a masonry layout.
Nevins is a grid-style portfolio template where each image on the home page leads to its individual write-up page. That makes it great for artists, galleries, or studios with a collection to show.
It comes with a blog (also presented in grid view), and it utilizes all of Squarespace native blog features.
Great for featuring collections or a gallery of images with storytelling.
Elliot is a unique template that features a slideshow with full width and height on the home page.
All of the images on the slideshow are lansscape, so if you upload portrait images, Squarespace will resize and crop accordingly to fit the slideshow.
This template is purely a visual portfolio. You won't find any write-up or description for the gallery, but there's a pre-built about page to feature the artist's background.
Great for visual portfolio.
Beaumont follows a more conventional layout and header navigation than the rest of the templates here.
You'll find the standard portfolio, about, and contact page at the top. The portfolio is organized in a 2x2 grid layout, and there's a description section to highlight the project details.
Great for personal portfolio.
Montclaire is a very interesting template for artists who wish to sell their art online.
The home page features all artworks in a grid layout, but clicking on any of the art pieces brings the user to an eCommerce page where they could purchase it.
The default About page is pretty simple, so you definitely need to personalize it to add some character to the site .
Easy eCommerce site for artist
Those are all of the Squarespace templates I think would be great for artists to build their portfolios or sell their art pieces. You might also find the following articles interesting: