Selling On Consignment
Art Price Guides 2003
Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good
Painter by Steve Allrich
Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing:
A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition
by Anthony Ryder
How Not To Be A Starving Artist
Selling your first painting
Hello Chatelaine's Antiques,
I consider myself an artist, but I'm a bit unsure of how to sell my work.
I've only finished one so far, though I am sure that I have the talent. Can you help me?
Selling your first work is very, very difficult, but it can be done. First
up, you need to complete at least 20 more paintings before you try to sell anything.
Galleries look for a consistent, distinctive style and an ongoing body of
work. Gallery directors will often ask to see your work again after six
months to see how you've progressed. They'll judge your work on skill,
craftsmanship, uniqueness, and style.
To have your paintings shown in a gallery, be
respectful, direct, and brief with gallery directors. You don't want to
turn them off by appearing unprofessional or taking up too much of their
time before they see your artwork. You'll need 35mm slides of your
paintings to show prospective buyers, gallery directors, and exhibitors.
Neighborhood galleries or co-op galleries often sell work by emerging
artists for $400.00 to $800.00. They won't buy your paintings outright,
but they'll sell them for you and keep a 30 to 50 percent commission. If
you can't find a gallery to take your work, try libraries, cafes, or
nightclubs. Of course, for those of you looking to buy a good, inexpensive
piece of art, these are great places to search. Who knows, maybe you'll
find the next Picasso.
Art competitions, shows and regional exhibitions all offer exposure to
the unknown artist. Like any career, an art specific CV should list
competitions won, exhibitions (especially solo exhibitions), press
clippings and in some cases references (or referrals).
& Graphic Designer's Market 2001: Where & How to Sell Your
Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Design & Cartoons
by Mary Cox
Artist's Guide to New Markets: Opportunities to Show and Sell Art Beyond
by Peggy Hadden
to Paint and Sell Your Art
Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide, 1999-2000
Art Reference and Price Guide 2001-2002
by Raymond Davenport
Art Sales Index: 1999-2000 Season
by Anthony Westbridge
Art Sales Index 1998-99
by Duncan Hislop
Sales Index CD ROM 1980-89
1998 International Auction Records: 120,000 Auction Prices:
Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Paintings, Sculpture
International Auction Records 1994: January 1 Through December 31, 1993