OPEN STUDIO PRICES?
Wow. Risky business this...I may incur the wrath of many a gallery owner, I know, by saying this.
WHY DO I FEEL THIS WAY?
Many artists have no choice but to sell work thro a gallery for all sorts of reasons - location, time, preference, etc. And many are grateful for the opportunity. But I do have my concerns about the fairness of the established system. (I feel much the same way about book publishers who ask for images from artists - and expect them to PAY for the privilege of being included in a book. I actually think is outrageous. When I wrote my books, I negotiated a fee for each contributing artist, from the publisher).
Each painting had cost him money frame - and of course, he framed all 50. Even only counting the cost of those which sold, he had paid about £2500 for framing - plus it had cost him money to travel to the places he had painted, and all other artists' general expenses.
So let's say he earned about £10,000 at the end of the day.
A retailer has to choose his stock carefully, buying what he hopes will prove popular and will sell well. Why shouldn't a gallery have to operate in exactly the same way? Am I missing something here?
Perhaps I may be considered an ungrateful rebel by most gallery owners and I run the risk of being run out of town by any gallery I might approach in the future...but there we are. I don't believe artists get a fair deal. If anyone disagrees, feels I have missed something crucial - do tell me your thoughts!