Wondering what it would be like to sell your art and earn money? Or do you have the feeling that the art market can be fairly daunting place? No worries – everyone has experienced this. In this column we talk with Lily Rigby, Randi Matushevitz & Claudia Fischer about their art selling experiences.
Building up confidence
It took Lily a while to build up her confidence to the point where she wanted to show it in public. ’I think it’s such a personal thing when you paint – the paintings come from somewhere inside you, so showing them in public is always a little nerve wracking as well as exciting.’ Says Lily
Lily started in a comfortabel environment. She organized an exhibition at her cousin’s pub in 2016. She sold her work to her family and friends, who still keep buying her art. ‘I have been so lucky to always have so much support of them’. Says Lily
But then comes the next step. Selling a painting you to someone who doesn’t know you personally.’I think buying a piece of art is such a personal thing and you have to have a connection with it or you see that piece of art that you can’t stop thinking about.’ Says Lily
At the Yoga Studio
Lily first sell to someone she didn’t know her, was when she had a small exhibition at a Yoga Studio in Chichester in 2017. ‘We held a private view, which I think always helps build a buzz for the work and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people. The painting I sold was a large snowy mountain scape. I received an email from a lady who had seen the painting on her way in to the yoga class and said she had thought about it for the whole class and knew she needed it. It was an amazing email to receive and gave me confidence to keep painting and exhibiting.’ Says Lily
The selling experience of Randi
Randi’s very first art sale was in grad school. A collector came trough the studios to visit and purchased the work.’Since then, sales have been harder to come by.’ Says Randi
‘Most recently, I had a sale from someone who reached out to me via Instagram. This prospect was exciting and made me a bit nervous to know if the inquiry was real or a scam.’ Says Randi
How do you know the prospect is serious?
‘In the end, via several good communication exchanges of emails, the sale was smoothly made. I knew the buyer was serious because they were willing to pay in full prior to my mailing the painting. I am very grateful for this sale. Having come at a crucial time just after my gallery brick and mortar closed. This collector and I still keep in touch. They are very supportive of my work.’ Says Randi
The journey of Claudia
‘I didn’t chose to paint. Painting came through to me through a very strange process. 18 months ago, my boss asked me to speak to the stuff about the term “diversity”. I tried to plan my speech but it was useless – nothing came up. And then, suddenly, an old song by Georges Brassens came up in my mind, “The bad reputation”, with a refrain saying “Decent people don’t like others to take a different road from theirs”. Let’s call it synchronicity.
And I became suddenly aware that I was diversity myself. At the end of the speech, I thanked my boss to have always let me be myself. I still don’t know where this sentence came from.’ Says Claudia
Some week later she bought her first colours and cavasses and she started painting. She painted 2-3 artworks per week-end. Her whole be-ing different came out. ‘I spent my whole life with words in 4 languages, their translation, their signification, so my intellect is permanently very busy. I’m also extremely interested in the Universe and spirituality. The millions of words I had stored in my brains now came out as paintings with recurrent significations and needs, but it’s totally subconscious, I just let my hands do.‘ Says Claudia
Claudia’s first solo
‘I had my first solo exhibition in February 2020, and it was a big success.’ During the vernissage, a colleague of her kept going back and forth but always went back to the same painting. And finally, he asked her “I just love this one. Would you sell it to me?”
‘It was a moment of pure happiness! It’s an ink painting called “The way back home”. And a way back to a HAPPY home is something I never had. It’s a painting of Happiness.’ Says Claudia
‘I think for any exhibition its important to promote it as much as possible across your social channels and also to get in touch with local magazines and press. You never know who might come along.’ Says Lily
Randi metioned that it is important to keep in touch with the prospects and/or clients. Through email, social media you can easily contact and keep up the relationship. The clients of his last sell are still very supportive