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April 04, 2004



As an artist,I have another perspective, too. I live cheaply and come solidly from the working /middle class so I always make work I can offer directly from my studio at low prices (between $30 and $300). But folks seem afraid to ask... if you love an artist's work, ask them what they have at starter prices! The worst they can do is be mildly offended, the best (and most likely) thing they can do is realize you are very interesting in their work and work with your budget...
that's my thought. Other ideas are good too!


Rachael: Excellent point! I encourage everyone to visit as many studios as they can, so your suggestion of asking about available works - at whatever price - is a good one. One sticky point may be, as you know, that many artists will send you back to their gallery to buy work if they have that type of relationship with a gallery. But you said it best... it never hurts to ask! Thanks for the comment!



One easy way to avoid having to send a potential client "back to their gallery to buy work if they have that type of relationship with a gallery" is for the artist, either in conjunction with their gallery, or on their own, to price things as if they were in a gallery.

This way the artist avoids undercutting their gallery, which could potentially sour the relationship, while at the same time making purchases as easy as possible.

Play ball!

Bob Ragland

I was reading your postings on art collecting. I have developed a method for new buyers to understand how to figure out if they can afford the works of art they are considering. I have them divide the price of the art by twelve months or sometimes to be very basic, I have them divide by fifty-two weeks. The latter may appear simplistic. But it does work. As a non-starving artist I can say that the 12-52 method has worked for me for years. I also offer time payments to some people. I figure that if a person spends ten to twenty dollars a week in one year they could by a work of art. Artists should always have entry level works of art to offer the beginning buyer.

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