Selling art..

Selling art..

24 posts
7 April 2013
Something that has been getting me very down recently is not being able to sell my art.
I make prints of my work and no one (or very few people) buys them, put it in galleries, tried to put it on websites.
Has anyone ever sold art and if so what are some tips??
I know it has a little bit to do with the recession, art is a luxury blah blah blah however I have observed some people selling art and doing so successfully, so what am I doing wrong?
I aim at a fairly modern market with my art and it's bright and vibrant so I assume that the art itself isn't the issue.
I use all social websites, have business cards. Everything. I have my own website too.
Help? I think I'm going insane.

Posted 8 April 2013
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
have you tried selling through eBay?

Posted 8 April 2013
DKirk
Photographer
DKirk
Have you tried local art fairs? Depending on the location, they can be quite good for generating sales. Or at least raising your profile.
Feel free to PM me any questions

Posted 8 April 2013
swalsh58
Photographer
swalsh58
It depends on what your 'art' is. I dont mean to be rude but if it isnt what people want, or not up to standard they wont buy it. I dont know what your selling so cant make a comment on it, but people are not spending money on that sort of thing at the moment unless its good quality, with some exceptions..... If you troll through the Ebay section on photographs you will see that not many are selling......apart from one guy who is selling erotic nudes. He advertises them as 'busty nude' etc etc and offers them in various sizes at different cost, starting around £1.50 or so, and he is selling them too!
Try offering your stuff to local coffee shops, hairdressers to hang on the walls with a little card on them. If they sell offer the shop 10%. Try Ebay, but dont hold your breath. Some places have shops which sell work on commision, that may be worth a go. To generate interest, you have to advertise, so get your name out there. Local press, Twitter, Facebook business page, websites, links etc etc

Posted 8 April 2013
stefanschiefer
Photographer
stefanschiefer
Where can we find/see the art ourselves? I would love to have a look Cheers
Posted 8 April 2013
skymouse
Photographer
skymouse
I'm very sorry not only for repeating like a stuck record what I've said before but also for saying something that may sound objectionable.

But to sell art the first (and required) step — uless you're a celebrity — is to stop thinking about yourself as an artist seeking an outlet for whatever your self-expression urges you to produce, and instead investigate the desires of the customer and work out how you can serve that. If you make just that one shift in thinking, then you'll already be head and shoulders above most.
Posted 8 April 2013
Edited by skymouse 8 April 2013
BrazenDivas
Photographer
BrazenDivas
skymouse
But to sell art the first (and required) step — uless you're a celebrity — is to stop thinking about yourself as an artist seeking an outlet for whatever your self-expression urges you to produce, and instead investigate the desires of the customer and work out how you can serve that. If you make just that one shift in thinking, then you'll already be head and shoulders above most.
That's an excellent point. Success in many if not all creative persuits is less about talent than sheer hard work, marketing, and finding/creating a niche market. Times are VERY hard right now and the OP comment "I know it has a little bit to do with the recession, art is a luxury blah blah blah" is unfortunate in that it may be seen as suggesting that harsh realities don't/shouldn't apply.
Posted 8 April 2013
DKirk
Photographer
DKirk
skymouse
But to sell art the first (and required) step — uless you're a celebrity — is to stop thinking about yourself as an artist seeking an outlet for whatever your self-expression urges you to produce, and instead investigate the desires of the customer and work out how you can serve that. If you make just that one shift in thinking, then you'll already be head and shoulders above most.
Indeed, quite true. However, I've noticed that you need to have a range of 'portfolios'. I've sold greater amounts of one style of photography to one customer profile, yet the same style gets poo-poo'd by another, and different customers buy different 'products'. Also what formats are you presenting your work in?
Posted 8 April 2013
HowardJ
have you tried selling through eBay?
Yeah I have- no luck really Could try again. I didn't get any views so I think it must have been to do with bad SEO plus it's £1.40 to list an item for 12 days which isn't great tbh..
Posted 8 April 2013
DKirk
Have you tried local art fairs? Depending on the location, they can be quite good for generating sales. Or at least raising your profile. Feel free to PM me any questions
Yeah, not yet! One of my art teachers told me about one in Brighton so I shall definitely try that out Pming you as well
Posted 8 April 2013
skymouse
I'm very sorry not only for repeating like a stuck record what I've said before but also for saying something that may sound objectionable. But to sell art the first (and required) step — uless you're a celebrity — is to stop thinking about yourself as an artist seeking an outlet for whatever your self-expression urges you to produce, and instead investigate the desires of the customer and work out how you can serve that. If you make just that one shift in thinking, then you'll already be head and shoulders above most.
Yeah I agree I am exploring what customers want by seeing what sells. What seems to be popular (and what I enjoy doing) is post impressionism. So trying that out. I used to do realism but that market of art is just dying slowly and is moving more onto abstraction.
Posted 8 April 2013
stefanschiefer
Where can we find/see the art ourselves? I would love to have a look Cheers
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaleBlueUnicorn Here you go!
Posted 8 April 2013
Jack_Russell
Photographer
Jack_Russell
You have a sale - I love your fox painting. What an amazing talent you have. X

Posted 8 April 2013
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
angelique110
Yeah I have- no luck really Could try again. I didn't get any views so I think it must have been to do with bad SEO plus it's £1.40 to list an item for 12 days which isn't great tbh..
Have you tried waiting for a zero listing fee period? They seem to run one every few weeks. Stick in the correct category and go with a low price. There does seem to a market but it depends what your work is like or you could produce for the market that already exists.
Posted 8 April 2013
bravepioneer
Photographer
bravepioneer
Got a friend here in London, one of the great art capitals of the world. Shes in her early 30's, studied art, she networks like crazy. Has about three or four gallery shows a year (and that's proper commercial galleries, not the local library).

Her paintings go for a couple of grand a pop. She sells about 2 a year. Her boyfriend has a good job.

Good luck!


Posted 8 April 2013
Edited by bravepioneer 8 April 2013
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