Painting & Art Talk | How to get your art into galleries | Sketchbook Sunday #47

Painting & Art Talk | How to get your art into galleries | Sketchbook Sunday #47

hi everyone and thank you for joining me for sketchbook Sunday episode 47 and welcome to my channel if you are new here I have literally hundreds of way more interesting oil painting time lapses where I spend way more time detailing those paintings but this is my sketchbook series where I just want to play with the paint and not worry a whole lot about making a super-intense work of art and also talk about various topics revolving around art as always I'm using gesso to prime the paper in my sketchbook because this Moleskine sketchbook is mainly for drawing and the oil paint will destroy the paper so gesso gives it something to bind to instead and makes it possible for me to oil paint in my sketchbook today I wanted to talk about how to get your art into galleries this is a question that I receive a lot and these tips are based on my personal experience and the experience of my artist friends as well as some artist lectures I've heard in the past so first and foremost before you even consider applying to anything there are some things you need to have first of all you want to have a body of work a series of at least 10 to 12 paintings that consistently reflect your personal style this is something that is developed over time and with experience so if you're a new artist who's just getting into painting don't just try and submit your early practice paintings most likely it's not gonna work really try and make your early paintings about learning and honing in your skills developing your style before trying to get into galleries because when you're starting out chances are your work isn't going to be there yet if you know what I mean galleries are a business and at the end of the day they want to exhibit artwork that is going to sell it'll also increase your chances of getting in if you've already sold some pieces on your own because then you have something to show the gallery besides your art you're showing them the fact that your work actually sells and at the end of the day a gallery wants to sell art that's how they make money another thing to understand is that most galleries will keep 40 to 50 percent of this sale of the art simply to keep their doors open they have to take that percentage or else they won't make profits and they can't exist galleries also want to work with artists who are serious about their art and are reliable which means you need to be pretty saying a lot of work and that work needs to be consistent quality art figure out what you like to paint how you like to paint it and then do it a lot like all the time once you've developed a body of work that art needs to be displayed somewhere you need an online portfolio where you can cleanly and professionally exhibit your work online a website this is super important if you're seriously considering a career in painting this adds legitimacy and professionalism to you as an artist and it's literally a virtual gallery I recommend making your own domain name which is going to be your artist name calm this is going to cost money but it's not as much as you think I spend about $50 a month on my websites but that's because I have two domain names my portfolio site and my art store and I also pay the platform that I run the art store on you could probably get away with spending less than ten dollars a month on website hosting my website is built on WordPress though I initially coated my very first layout from scratch that was a huge pain in the butt to maintain an update so I decided to switch to WordPress which makes it so much easier and it's hosted on GoDaddy com you can literally sign up today purchase your domain and start your website and no I'm not sponsored that's just what I use and I'm telling you that this video is not a tutorial on website building that is something you want to research for yourself it's totally possible and not that hard or you can also pay someone to do it for you because those services are also available nowadays it's super easy to make a website because there are so many website building templates and platforms that allow you to customize your design by easy tools like dragging and dropping things it's just a matter of finding the one that works for your budget so go to google comm and type in how to build an artist website and start learning I highly recommend paying the extra fee for a private domain registration so that people can't find your address because there are some wack adduce out there in the world and you need to protect yourself trust me I have had my fair share of that being out here in the open on the internet so please make sure you get a private registration just trust me on this one once you have a solid body of work and website created now you can start to approach galleries I think one of the best ways is to email them especially if you're reaching out to galleries that are out of state which is actually a great thing to do because you don't want to just limit yourself to what's local and surrounding you make sure that the galleries you are reaching out to our exhibiting work that is similar to your style and also price range you don't want to go to like some high-end crazy gallery that sells paintings for thirty thousand dollars chances are you're not going to get in it's like almost impossible to get into without some crazy connections also make sure it's the same style that you work in if not really similar for example if you are an abstract artist don't reach out to a gallery that focuses mainly on representational realistic art and vice-versa because you can clearly see what art they like and want to exhibit and if you're totally different from that they're probably not gonna want to work with you so make sure that the galleries you reach out to exhibit art that is already like kind of similar style to yours like there's galleries who focus on still lifes and landscapes portraits and then there's galleries who focus more on like fantasy illustrative art and then yeah like abstract art so just make sure it's within your realm and it can get even more specific than that some galleries like really bright colorful more floral type of paintings some galleries might want something more horror dark themed so it really just depends on that gallery a lot of galleries these days have social media accounts and it's good to follow artists who do gallery shows because that's another way to discover new galleries and when you are reaching out to a gallery many of them have an email or contact form on their website so when you write them your email make sure it's professionally structured and gets to the point in a simple and clear way don't write out a novel of your life story and hopes and dreams they don't really care just get to the point short and sweet tell them your name where you're from how long you've been painting what kind of art you like to make that express interest in working together and provide a link to your website or an attached file containing some high-quality well lit clear images of your art your life stories should kind of already be on your website so you don't want to throw that in the email and if you don't get a response within a week send a follow-up email just to check in and see if they got your message if they don't respond after like two emails I suggest just leaving it alone don't like harass them they already get tons of emails and there's a good chance that your email might have gotten lost in the abyss of their inbox and here's the thing more often than not they're not really looking for a new artist and they might not even be interested don't be discouraged by this and don't give up this is completely normal and you might have to reach out to many many galleries before finding one that is interested in working with you so if you're throwing the line out there and no one's biting that's actually pretty normal and don't worry if your work is solid if you are consistently working on your craft eventually someone will bite and when you are accepted in they will eventually reach out to you for a group exhibit for a specific theme for which you will be expected to create a painting or several paintings for that theme all the information is usually given to you whenever they email you or reach out to you about the show if your work does really well with the gallery they may eventually be interested in doing a solo exhibition with you there's a lot more that I can say about more specific details and things to watch out for but this video would be way too long maybe I'll do a follow-up video about it I also want you guys to know that galleries are not mandatory for an art career especially these days with the internet us artists have the control of how our work is seen how it's sold and we no longer need to rely on those galleries for income however it's still a great avenue to explore because it provides a real life professional environment for your work to be seen in person and it adds legitimacy to you as an artist I hope these tips have been helpful please let me know in the comments if you have any video suggestions or topics you'd like me to talk about in the next sketchbook Sunday make sure to subscribe to see more art videos from me I'm wishing you all a beautiful and inspiring day and I hope to see you in my next video bye

33 thoughts on “Painting & Art Talk | How to get your art into galleries | Sketchbook Sunday #47”

  1. Another way to get into galleries is to pay attention to calls for entries for community work. You can develop a relationship from there

  2. I really love these sketchbook Sundays! I was also wondering if you would wanna talk about how you make an income as an artist. Like does most of your money come through your artshop/ galleries/youtube/commissions. I'm sorry if this is too personal or if you covered this already ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

  3. Lena ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for taking the time to create this video and give us your tips on how to get into galleries! (and your painting is AMAZING).

  4. Wonderful advice! I love your piece as well! What advice do you have for open calls? There is an open call for a group exhibition in my area but am not sure how to go about it.

  5. FYI you can get your domain from Google domains and they don't charge an extra fee for keeping your info private. I literally paid $12 one year for my domain and my info is private.

  6. No joke I've been applying to galleries for the past 10 years and failed for all that time until this past weekend. I had my first showing ever in a group show. Patients and persistence pay off lol

  7. Thank you so much for the amazing tips! I love watching your videos because I learn stuff, it's calming and it's actually just enjoyable. I'm going to try as much as I can to maybe do this!

  8. DO NOT USE GODADDY.COM! This is an evil company. Search for on They use heavy-handed tactics, and have a history of pulling the plug on sites which get complaints.

  9. Do a longer sketchbook Sunday, we literally wouldn't mind & instead be pleased!!! โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ


  11. Thank you so much for uploading a video… I really was a having a bad anxiety since last night & seeing your notification made me happy! Art really is my solace ๐Ÿ–ค Hope you have a great day! Sending you all love from India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

  12. Found this video very useful. I applied to a few local galleries here in the UK bit got rejected. But watching this video has made me realise I need to create a body of work in my own style followed by a website. Thank you. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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