[FW Radar] Blackstamp, the startup that sells lithographs online
Founded in 2017, by Matthieu Moullec and Jean Borie de Varine, Blackstamp, the startup that sells lithographs by renowned artists online.
More details with Matthieu Moullec, co-founder of Blackstamp:
FrenchWeb: What needs does your service meet?
Limited editions are now mainly done on digital media, which does not do justice to all the complexity of the art world. Emerging artists in particular sometimes had no contact with traditional methods of printing. This led us to turn to lithography. Secondly, we observed that lithography, and more broadly the world of limited editions, did not sufficiently value the diversity of origins, whether cultural or geographical.
At Blackstamp, we aim to revitalize a long tradition by opening it up to the diversity of today’s world.
What is your value proposition?
Blackstamp bears the entire cost of producing the limited editions, which are produced with the utmost care and with experienced editors. We offer partner artists and galleries an exceptional setting, in which renowned artists have worked.
For collectors, Blackstamp offers innovative works, the result of the alliance between traditional techniques and today’s talent. We strive to sell at prices that allow every collector to own a limited edition.
Who are the users of your solutions?
Our collectors are very diverse, which goes hand in hand with our desire to broaden the audience for art editions.
We have had financiers and lawyers, but also young people, athletes, and entrepreneurs. Most were looking for a way to discover art on a daily basis, but some also expressed their desire to invest in editions that will increase in value in the future. We are delighted to know that our collectors come from a wide variety of ages and professions.
What is your development plan?
– in terms of product / service
We plan to further develop our ability to reproduce works, in particular by emphasizing texture, which remains difficult to reproduce exactly.
– business growth
We plan to increase our production rate, while maintaining a level of quality that
We already have many contacts with galleries abroad, but also wish to extend our services. Artistry is global, and we want to keep in step with today’s art.
What are your challenges?
The art market is very volatile, and its variations are also felt in sales. Speculation on young artists can sometimes confuse some collectors.
Blackstamp has expanded its team recently, and we are delighted to welcome new profiles.
Who are your competitors?
Our offer is innovative, and we consider that the other editors offer complementary products to ours. Our specificity also lies in our integrated model, from production to sale, as well as in our independence vis-à-vis galleries.
Who is the entrepreneur who inspires you?
Thaddeus Ropac, who very early on managed to surround himself with the best artists of the moment. By creating his first gallery at 21, he displayed a sense of initiative as impressive as his passion for art.
The 5 applications that are essential for you and why:
Onenote; to centralize all your data with your team
Audible; to learn anywhere
Artsy; to stay up to date with sales and events in the art world
The 5 tech events you absolutely must attend and why:
I will tend to tell you about the big fairs; Art Basel, Art Basel HongKong, Art Basel Miami, Frieze, FIAC
A start-up for us to discover?
The excellent Arthena, a participatory investment fund to allow everyone to invest in art