Art Market

Rhiannon Salisbury, Winner of the Tagsmart Open Call

Rhiannon Salisbury, Winner of the Tagsmart Open Call

#Tagsmartartistoftheweek is #rhiannonsalisbury, one of the winners of Tagsmart's first Open Call.

Rhiannon is a London-based painter who recently graduated from the Turps Gallery Painting Programme, having completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.

Tere Chad, Winner of the Tagsmart Open Call

Tere Chad, Winner of the Tagsmart Open Call


#TagsmartArtistoftheWeek
 is #TereChad . Tere is one of the two winners of this year's Tagsmart Open Call and we are very proud to have her on board!

Tere’s work has been exhibited globally, including at the Fundacion Colunga in Chile and the Embassy of Chile in London. 

Tagsmart First Open Call

Tagsmart First Open Call

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Open Call! We were thrilled to receive so many high calibre submissions and we want to thank everyone for their time.

After much deliberation, we were able to shortlist four artists…

Helen Brough, Natural Realities

Helen Brough, Natural Realities

Helen graduated from Chelsea School of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 1990, since then, her artistic trajectory has included group and solo shows internationally, such as The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn NY, the RA Summer Show in London.

Great photos come with great provenance

We are delighted to announce Iconic Images will now be using Tagsmart DNA Tags specifically designed for photographic papers and mounted works and Certificates of Authenticity as a guarantee of authenticity and provenance.

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Robin Morgan, Iconic Images’ CEO and Creative Director explains: “The art market has traditionally been vulnerable to forgeries and lawsuits: Tagsmart presents a sea of change in the industry, offering a robust and fail-safe mechanism to verify art and photography. It is great news for us, and great news for collectors.” 

Representing some of the world’s most celebrated photographers, Iconic Images will introduce this innovation by tagging two of Terry O'Neill’s most famous images – Frank Sinatra on the Board Walk and Brigitte Bardot with a cigar in her mouth.

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By using Tagsmart’s triple lock solution to seal the authenticity of artworks, Iconic Images and Terry O'Neill can also control their limited editions works, protect collectors, their names and reputation against fakes and forgeries and complement their existing digital protection. 

According to legendary photographer Terry O’Neill, “Tagsmart’s authentication solution reassures collectors that the work they are buying is authentic and its value will be protected.” 

Tom Toumazis MBE at PAIAM Conference 2017

Tom Toumazis MBE, Tagsmart’s Executive Chairman, was invited to speak at this year’s Professional Advisors to the International Art Market Conference, which took place at Sotheby’s Grosvenor Galleries at Aeolian Hall on 11 July. 

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He took the opportunity to discuss Tagsmart’s journey, which began with Steve Cooke, our Chief Innovation Officer, and renowned frame-maker Mark Darbyshire. Led by Tom, in the past couple of years we gradually assembled an esteemed board of advisers formed of the UK’s foremost security, art conservation, software and materials science experts. 

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Throughout Tagsmart’s evolution, we have endeavoured to create a solution which appeals and conforms to our clients needs and wants. We have worked extensively alongside scientists and conservators ensuring our Tag does not interfere with the artwork and is applied with ease. The outcome is our triple-lock solution for authentication encompassing the DNA Tag providing proof of origin, the Certificate sealing ownership and our digital Provenance Record acting as a digital passport over time. 

After a year since Tagsmart’s launch, we are pleased to be working with some of the UK’s leading artists including Mario Testino and Gary Hume and to have tagged over 5,000 works of art. 

We are honoured to have shared our story with other professionals in the field, discussing the challenges of establishing authenticity and how we believe technology is leading the way forwards in addressing this issue.