About Us – Sugarlift

Sugarlift makes it simple

We believe that buying art should be much simpler. With so many amazing artists all around us, we should all have access to original art. So why is buying it so hard?

The “art world” has intentionally kept people out for too long. Their prices don’t make sense and their lack of customer service should be a thing of the past.

Sugarlift is changing all of that. Together, let’s make art more accessible, more affordable and better for the artists who create it!

Better for collectors and better for artists

OUR PLEDGE TO COLLECTORS

Tailor options from the best emerging artists

Bring a level of service and hospitality unseen in the art market

Share our passion about the visual arts with you

OUR PLEDGE TO ARTISTS

Always treat you and your work with the utmost respect

Compensate you fairly and promptly

Create opportunities to strengthen your career and the broader artist community

Sugarlift started with a dream to accomplish two things at once: First, we wanted to create a platform to support and make sustainable the careers of today’s best young artists. Second, we wanted to make it simple for new art collectors to find art that they love. On November 5th, 2014, Sugarlift was born!  

Sugarlift's founder, Wright Harvey, had always been interested in visual arts, spending nights and weekends checking out gallery and museum shows and carrying around his sketchbook on the weekends. 

After visiting an art fair one day, Wright started thinking about all of the things that didn’t make sense about the art world. Why is good art so hard to find? Why do prices seem to not make any sense? Why is there no hospitality in the art market? Why does the frame cost more than the art??? There were too many whys to deny.  

Sugarlift started as an art gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We wanted to highlight all of the artistic talent of our neighborhood. Over the next year and a half, Sugarlift hosted many exhibitions and events to showcase the art movements going on locally. In 2016, Sugarlift moved out of its physical gallery to focus on developing its online platform to showcase artists to a wider audience. Through this platform, Sugarlift has already connected artists with hundreds of new collectors all around the world.  

Our journey is just beginning and we have big ambitions. It is our mission to create a sustainable relationship between artists and collectors. What does that mean? It means that when people collect the art of young artists, it allows them to afford studio time and to continue evolving their portfolio. Many years from now, these are the artists who will define the visual identity of our generation. And they will inspire the generation after them, just as we are inspired by the great artists who came before us.  

Please join our mission!

Team

Wright Harvey

founder and president

Growing up on Florida’s west coast, Wright Harvey first fell in love with the visual arts painting orangy sunsets and drawing endless palm trees. While studying studio art at the University of Virginia, the practice of printmaking opened his eyes to the infinite array of artistic techniques and processes. It wasn’t until meeting Calvine, his future wife, who is now a specialist in Sotheby’s Old Masters department, that he decided to move to New York to see and absorb as much art as he could (and food and beer, but that’s another bio).

Wright spent his first decade in New York building a career in corporate strategy at J.P. Morgan, developing his love for business and entrepreneurship. In the evenings, he would devote time to events with the Morgan Library Young Fellows, MoMA Junior Associates, The Met Apollo Circle, or would just head home to do some sketching or watercoloring. Through Sugarlift, Wright loves to share his passion for the visual arts with fellow artists and with a whole new collecting audience.

Claire Brown

vp of business development

Claire grew up in Minneapolis (read: Mini Apple) - a petite cultural hub in the midwest. With an artist, an interior designer and many art enthusiasts in the family, she spent a lot of time looking at art growing up - at the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and later in Paris where she spent a semester in college. After studying journalism and art history at Northwestern University, Claire moved to New York to start a career that could combine the two. She quickly discovered a passion for entrepreneurship, and joined the Sugarlift team in early 2017. As Curator and VP of Business Development, Claire helps individuals and corporations find the perfect art for their spaces and identifies new ways to spread the Sugarlift mission.

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