“A Heart for Art: While online art initiatives are mushrooming across the globe, Africa’s still lagging behind”

Destiny Magazine (South Africa)

April 2015


Excerpt: “Taylor believes there’s a need to change the misperception that good artworks are very expensive. “You don’t have to have R100,000 – you can buy something beautiful for R1500.”

“Online Exhibition: Joburg artist goes on Guns & Rain”

Times Live (South Africa)

October 2014


Excerpt: “Taylor said she chose to exhibit Khumalo’s prints on her site because they capture the beauty, energy, fear and grit of Johannesburg and the vast scale and density of the taxi networks. “His cityscapes really drew me in,” she says. “They show the relentlessness of urban life, and the famous landmarks of the city.”

“Guns & Rain: an art gallery that inhabits the contours of online space”

Ventureburn (South Africa)

December 2014


Excerpt: “At the core of Guns & Rain, consciously or subconsciously, is an agenda to disrupt the art industry. Traditional art galleries seldom engage with audiences online, and often don’t have a great record when it comes leveraging social media.Guns & Rain isn’t traditional, and it likes change.”

“Guns & Rain Brings African Art to the World”

CoolHunting (United States)

October 2014


Excerpt: “Global centers like Paris, London and New York have long served as geographic and cultural gatekeepers for the fine art world, but the internet is gaining momentum on democratizing the international scope of contemporary art. In Africa, the newly minted Johannesburg-based arts commerce and development platform Guns & Rain is shedding new light on contemporary artists in the region as well as working to foster an appreciation for the field.”

“Guns & Rain: a fine art marketplace looking to improve exposure for African artists”

TechZim (Zimbabwe)

September 2014.


Excerpt: “Fine art is not for everyone. It’s not frequent therefore that we encounter a startup looking to solve problems in that sector on the continent… A pleasantly strange thing happened when I open Guns & Rain for the first time. I got quite curious about one of the listed artists – Themba Khumalo. His kombi pieces really grabbed my attention. I almost wondered if I’d ever consider buying art seeing how easy it’s become to take a peek into a gallery.”

Internet growth transforming Africa’s art industry

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)

August 2014


Guns & Rain founder Julie Taylor, who left global giant Google SA to start an online gallery, says growth in internet penetration in Africa is transforming all industries and driving online art sales and exposure of African artists. “There is increased interest, especially in the last 18 months, in African contemporary art. I think for a long time African artists, especially contemporary artists, have been under represented on the global stage and I really feel that there’s a role for the internet to change that,” says Taylor.

“The fine art of buying Art”

City Press (South Africa)

August 2014.


Excerpt: “Buying art is scary. Some of it hardly increases in value, while other art is bought “cheap” and is worth millions a few years later. For anyone who does not have an intimate knowledge of the artists or going rates, buying an art work can be really tricky. For investors in South African art, however, the experience has generally been good. This is because of the quality of local art and the fact that it has been hugely popular internationally. With the FNB Joburg Art Fair on the go this weekend, City Press asked some experts to help you through the minefield.”

“Young African artists connecting with buyers on the internet”

Business Day/BDLive (South Africa)

August 2014.


Excerpt: “There will always be a place for art galleries, but the internet is leveling the playing fields for young artists on the African continent, enabling them to connect with art collectors from around the world. In this video we talk to Julie Taylor, a social anthropologist with a difference, who is using technology to bring art into the lives of ordinary people. For many young contemporary African artists this may be the first step towards getting international exposure and recognition.”



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