A 40th birthday and a comment: “Never buy art for someone else” when discussing presents for the birthday boy led to James Murray and Andy Knott setting up Artsomely in August 2011. Although agreeing with the comment, they believed art just couldn’t be dismissed that easily as a present contender.
James Murray has more than 15 years experience in the International Commercial Art Market, first working for the renowned and established sculpture dealer Robert Bowman in 1996. For a five year period James supported Robert in growing and developing the business; coordinating exhibitions at many of the world’s finest international art shows including Grosvenor House, Olympia, the Palm Beach Fine Art Fair and the Maastricht Fine Art Fair.
In 2000 James joined the world’s leading auction house Sotheby’s and for more than ten years he gained a breadth of knowledge and experience, responsible for advising Sotheby’s most important clients in all elements of buying and selling in some of the auction world’s most important sales. As Director and Head of Sotheby’s UK & European Valuations Department, James led many influential projects for the auction house. His understanding of the nuance of collecting and market trends provided wide-ranging opportunities to advise some of the finest private collections, institutions, estates and museums throughout the world. His expertise and knowledge in the valuation and management of collections is widely respected.
Andy Knott has more than 15 years of online business experience. In the mid 90’s he co-founded Pure Entertainment, a games development company and in 1999, the company was listed on AIM with a valuation of around £20million.
In July 2000, Andy co-founded digital marketing and advertising agency Dare, where he worked with brands such as Barclays, Yell.com, Travelocity, Universal Music and Microsoft Xbox.
Since Dare he’s worked with many companies such as Geronimo, Portland TV, Syncapse and more recently Disney to fulfil their digital needs.
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