All About Art Business: How to Market Yourself as an Artist

Art businesses

Art and business combine to affect all artists differently. For those selling art, an understanding of the art world and the ways of art business at galleries, auctions, and museums comes into play. But marketing art has become something artists can and do pursue individually, selling art online and creating websites that are essentially online galleries. No matter how an artist chooses to pursue selling paintings or drawings, it is vital to present oneself professionally, photograph artwork that accurately represents the work, and maintain organized inventories and records of one’s output.

In this topic section, you’ll find links to lead you to the particular aspects of art business that you need to research, as well as video tutorials to help you along the way.


How to make money from art

art businessNo matter how groundbreaking your pieces are, you still have to cater to your audience. A business is a business, and there are some things you have to grit your teeth and do in order to pursue what you love.

How to price art

One of the fundamental aspects of learning how to sell paintings is discovering the true worth of your work. Assuming the talent is there, there are a number of key factors that must be taken into consideration: the size, the cost of gallery commissions and the cost of framing. A good tactic is to have a set cost per square inch of artwork, in order to keep pricing consistent.


Where to show art

You don’t have to be invited to show in a gallery in order to have your work seen by the public. There are plenty of options for selling without galleries, such as outdoor shows and unconventional venues.  Local businesses are often very receptive to having new art on their walls at no cost to them, and some may not charge a commission if you establish a good relationship.

Entering art competitions is another great way to have your work seen – and to generate publicity as well. Whatever road you choose, make sure you know how to prepare for an art exhibition by establishing a checklist.

Art marketing

A public relations agency is nice, but you can get by without it – after all, the classical greats got along just fine on their own! Social media marketing art is a great first step, as are artists websites. Or, you could go down Banksy’s road and try low-cost guerrilla marketing at the risk of legal complications.


Courtney Jordan

About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.