Why was my application rejected?

Unfortunately, a number of applications to sell on Artfinder are unsuccessful. Some of the most common reasons for unsuccessful applications are:

  • The artist description is left blank or says little about you and your art. It may not explain why you create, how you create or how long you’ve created for. We'd love more insight about your craft, especially your technique and why you've chosen to create in this medium.
  • The submitted artworks are badly photographed. We require application images to be front-on, straight and clear without watermarks. You might find the article, 'How Should I Photograph My Artworks?' useful.
  • You applied with prints only. Please note that if you decide to apply to sell limited edition Fine Art Prints, you will be able to do so once your application has been approved. However, you will be required to apply with your original artworks for the application purposes. 
  • Great artworks are overshadowed by one or more works that are not as strong. We need to see that you understand that it's about quality, not quantity. Bad quality work detracts from your good work, therefore, consistency is a must. 
  • There was a price discrepancy between other sites. While we do not require exclusivity and you can sell on other platforms and galleries, we need you to keep the prices consistent. 
  • Your returns address was incorrect. If your country of residence is not appearing in the seller application, please check if it is considered restricted in terms of the international returns policy.
  • We were unable to verify your government-approved photo ID image or an image of you holding your ID with the photo page open.
  • There may be little (including other marketplaces) or no evidence that you have experience showcasing your art online. We require some evidence of the online presence in your application, with ideally a personal website representing your work and the ability to purchase and contact you. As artists are responsible for fulfilling their orders themselves, we need to trust their prior experience of shipping internationally.
  • We do not accept artists under the age of 18 years old.

You might be interested in taking a look at our Curatorial Board's artistic guidelines, which helps our Reviews Team make their decision: https://sellers.artfinder.com/article/800-artistic-quality-quidelines.

Please note: we do not allow more than one application per artist and we allow one application per artist every 6 months. If you are interested in reapplying, please do so in 6 months time from the date your application was reviewed. 

When you are ready to reapply in 6 months time, please drop us a note at sellers@artfinder.com, and we will refresh your application status. 

Due to a high volume of applications received, our current review waiting time is six to eight weeks unless you opt-in to Fast Track in which case your application will be reviewed within 2 business days and if unsuccessful, you will be provided with detailed personalised feedback.
Kindly note that the Fast Track feature does not guarantee approval and the Fast Track fee is not refundable.

Still need help? Contact Us Contact Us