Debate | Should Visitors be Allowed to Photograph Artwork in Galleries, Museums and Art Shows?

I received the following email from a reader, and artist and studio owner: Hi Jason, Love your Red dot blog! Here’s a topic that I would love to see addressed:…

Persistence | How We Overcame the Odds and Critical Challenges to Build a Successful Art Business

Over the last several weeks, I’ve had several conversations with artists who were feeling despondent about their business prospects. Though each had a different set of specific challenges, the general…

The Gallery Owner Who Cooled Off

A question from a reader: I recently moved to a completely new place and as my life and my visual input changed, so did my work. I started a couple…

Ask A Gallery Owner | Is a Recovery Possible After Getting Off to a Poor Start with a Gallery Owner?

Much of what I write on the blog and in my books is aimed to help artists better work with galleries. There probably could, and should, be as much written…

What Would You Do? The Client Who Won’t Finish Paying

I received the following email from an artist: [Last] year, a collector came to my studio and chose two paintings. The smaller work was priced at approx. $1100, the other…

Ask a Gallery Owner | Fine Art Vs. Decorative Art?

I recently received an email that is reflective of a number of comments and questions I’ve seen on our social media pages and in other emails. Many artists have wondered…

Ask a Gallery Owner | Should Artists Brag About Their Sales?

I received the following question from a reader in Calgary: I have a burning question for you. I have discussed it with other artist friends, but I would like to…

Ask a Gallery Owner | Should I include negative or depressing details of my life in my biography?

If you’ve been following me for long, you know that I am a huge advocate of the artists’ biography. I feel a well-written, nicely laid-out biography is a powerful tool…

Ask a Gallery Owner | How Should I Respond to a Client Who Wants me to Create Something Way Outside my Style?

I recently received the following question from an artist: I was hanging artwork the other day at a doctor’s office. The doctor’s wife loved the pieces I had chosen and…

Ask a Gallery Owner: Should Galleries Get 50% on Commissioned Art Projects?

What is a reasonable split on commissioned work? I’m all for the gallery receiving 50% on work in their regular inventory, as it takes up wall space and has likely been shown to several potential buyers and marketed by the gallery as well. However, I wonder if 50% to the gallery is justified on a commission, especially in the case where the artist has been put in direct contact with the buyer and essentially does all the leg work (apart from the initial introduction).