To Title or Not to Title, That Is the Question

Last week I received an email from an artist asking about titling her work. This is one of the more common topics I discuss with artists. I understand that titling your artwork can become tiresome, and many artists feel that a title can get in the way of the artwork.

Do titles really matter? Can the wrong title prevent you from selling your artwork? Can the right title guarantee a sale? While the issue may seem like a minor one, it is an issue you will be dealing with constantly over the course of your career.

I am an advocate of titling artwork, and I feel titling deserves investment of time and thought – from my perspective in the gallery I see that titles matter to potential buyers.

Read my conversation thread with the artist below, and then share your thoughts about titles in the comments below. How do you feel about titles? How do you come up with your titles? Your experience input and opinion are of tremendous value in adding to the collective knowledge available to other artists who read the blog.