Tweet a photograph to Emma, this company’s artificial intelligence Twitter bot, and she will use facial recognition technology to suggest works of art inspired by the image. These can then be bought on Artfinder’s website, which provides a platform for more than 10,000 artists to exhibit over 400,000 artworks. Potential buyers can also chat online with the artists about their work. Originally founded in 2010, the company was re-launched in 2013 by chief executive Jonas Almgren, 53, who led it to sales of £1.2m last year, tapping into the growing trend of buying art online. Last December, Artfinder raised £1.7m from investors, including Amazon Echo designer William Tunstall-Pedoe and serial entrepreneur Sherry Coutu. It forecasts sales of £3.6m this year as it expands into the US, its fastest-growing market.
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