How to Sell Artwork 

January 30, 2014
How to Sell Artwork

You’ve decided to sell some artwork, but you’re just not sure how to go about doing it.

Hose of Home is a terrific way to make a sale, but you want to make sure you get the best possible outcome. So with that in mind, we’ve pulled together some ideas that could help:

Background Check

Having black and white information available on a piece of artwork can really help. The sort of information that might interest people includes:

  • The name of the artist and some highlights from their CV such as nationality, awards won, past exhibits of note, past works of note

  • The age of the artwork

  • An objective description including the dimensions, weight, materials used, genre (Art Deco, Impressionist, Photographic), age of art if known

  • The gallery or outlet at which you purchased the artwork

Imagery

It is crucial that you use images that capture the artwork in a realistic and clear manner. Ideally, you might consider two types of images – one featuring the artwork in very blank surrounds (e.g. in front of a clean white wall) and the second featuring the artwork ‘in-situ’ – hanging on a wall as part of an overall room décor. If you only choose one, we would recommend the former as it has more chance of appealing to a wider audience. Aim to capture some close-up shots that can highlight important features of the artwork such as textures, attention to detail, intensity of colour, etc.

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Frame Details

If the artwork is framed, then it is important to acknowledge this and explain the type and quality of framing that has been used. Framing is a very personal choice, however it will protect your piece for many years. In majority of cases a framed piece of artwork will certainly outlast your furniture.

Transparency

If there are any imperfections about the artwork, it is important this be communicated at some point. Indeed, some imperfections might just be a natural part of the artwork and heighten its individuality and therefore value.

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