Want to sell your art in galleries?
“The gallery is sure to like this painting….” Once we have completed a painting, we think it was such fun to paint that in your estimation everybody will love it too, only to find out:
It isn’t easy to get accepted into a gallery.
The fact is, gallery owners won’t take in your art if they think it isn’t sale-able! Obviously they need to steady sales to stay in business. So you need to know what protocol, quality and type of artwork they will accept:
- Check out what each gallery has in their gallery: Depending on where the gallery is, they have a particular clientele milieu. If you want your work displayed there, your style of work must fit the niche.
- Prominent galleries chiefly look for unique original works of art. Why, because they want to be THE GALLERY, upfront promoting new trends. Not only can they ask higher prices and commissions, but that their gallery becomes well-known, and thus attract prominent art lover investors.
- Your personality also plays a big part. And how your portfolio is presented.
- Some people say you must have membership in a renowned art club to be accepted. But in my experience, this hasn’t been necessary. If your work is fantastic they will be only too eager to have your work in their gallery. But they will inquire resume history to satisfy their curiosity as to the worthiness of your talent.
- Future business arrangements: Find out what their commission rate is and how you relate to the owner of the gallery. Be aware of deals and contracts that are impossible to espouse or maintain.
It’s wise to assess your paintings before rushing off to the galleries:
- We need to look at our art work through the eyes of the general public. What would they think of it? What will make impact on their senses? Is it dramatic enough?
- What is the quality of your brushstrokes? Did you fiddle too much until it looks fussy and overworked?
- If you plan undercoats and each layer of paint in the first place, you won’t need so many layers to get the right effect. And you will achieve the effect that much sooner as well.
- Your paintings must have impact. Consider where do you want or need the greatest impact? Use the greatest contrast of tone and colour there to give the painting more oomph.
- Also ask yourself: Is the subject matter, composition or style, unique? Is it a carbon copy of what’s already out there? And who wants to be judged against another artist’s work as secondhand inferiority?
What about those old paintings you have storied away?
Can you still sell them?
I’m sure when you have look back on your old paintings, you’ve realize your skills have improved since you had painted them. Overtime your technique and style of working has changed somewhat too.
- Shame, they were your `babies’. And now, they seem somehow to embarrass you!
- Sadly people tend to recall our talent according to our old `grotty’ creations.
So what could we possibly do about those old paintings?
- You could destroy them or hide them, so no one will see your amateur attempts.
- Whatever you do, don’t ever work over them again. It will make them look tired and overworked.
- On the other hand, you could re-do those same scenes again with your new improved skills. But with the new project, please rethink your composition format and put more oomph into it.
The best thing to do is put all your time and effort preferably on new works of art.
- Where you can put all your new-found skills and knowledge to better use.
- Consider what makes people’s emotions, by using profound colour schemes that sizzle and pop everyone senses into buying the stuff.
Make sure your artwork is of high quality and has unique style and dynamic impact, before rushing off to any galleries.
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