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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Swapping your paintings or art with galleries?

A gallery buys a body of your work. Several years later there are a few pieces which remain unsold. The gallery decides they want new fresh art or in my case, paintings. However, during this time your work has increased in price, so your paintings are now worth more. Do you do a direct swap or do you ask for the difference in price between what you sold them the original work for, and the new work? I tried the first approach and the gallery went ballistic. What's your view?


  1. It seems to me that your approach was perfectly reasonable; I can understand a gallery not liking it, and possibly turning the transaction down, but "going ballistic" sounds a bit excessive.

    Of course, I haven't get as far as approaching my first gallery yet, so I know very little about these things (apart from what I have gleaned from your book, "How to Make an Income from Your Art").

    I have to say that I have enjoyed reading the book immensely, and found it most inspiring. Finding the courage to ditch the day job might take a while, though.

  2. Took me years to do, so keep the dream and day by day work at turning it into reality.

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