"I recently signed an artist from Brazil who’s been creating work for 40-plus years, and through a couple of phone calls, we basically sold out his entire inventory,” Anthony Deljou shares. “That’s the power of what we bring to the table here.”
“Here” is Deljou Art Group, America’s largest art publisher—or, more particularly, a former margarine factory—on Atlanta’s Westside, now home to the publisher and its subsidiaries (DAC Art Consulting, Connect Contemporary and Monarch Digital Studio), with nearly 95,000 square feet encompassing artist studios, a gallery, a digital printing studio, a full-service frame shop and even a shipping department where crates are handbuilt. (It’s as impressive as it sounds.) “It really is turn-key,” explains Deljou, the Deljou Art Group president who currently presides over it all. “There’s not another operation like it in the country.”
Family-owned and -operated, the business was started by Deljou’s father and uncles (after emigrating from Iran to Atlanta) as a silk-screen printing company in the early 1980s; Deljou first came on as sales director in ’94. Now he’s helped it become a sort of art-world behemoth, representing artists and selling their work to galleries all over the world while developing art programs for the hospitality, health care and corporate sectors—any art you see at The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta or The Westin Sarasota in Florida, for example, was curated by DAC.
With such an expansive footprint in the industry, Deljou Art Group’s work can be found everywhere, but still, “No one knows it originated from a family business here in Atlanta,” Deljou remarks. That may soon change: Though currently exclusive to the trade, he has plans to open a portion of the gallery to the public later this year.