4 months ago, I met with an art professor to ask some advice. He was a well respected artist who studied at an Ivy League. He said if I wanted to make a sustainable wage, I should get my art in a gallery. “You won’t make more than $2k a piece selling art off Instagram”. He also said “galleries don’t usually like Instagram artists, they think they’re tacky”. — I countered a bit, but didn’t want to disrespect his advice.
Even advice from a respected source can be bad advice for you. What might’ve worked for him doesn’t limit what will work for us.
First off, there’s nothing wrong with selling art for $2k a pop. Or even $50 a pop, if you sell lots, you’ll be able to live off it.
Second, not all galleries are the same, and some will say yes if it’s a good fit. Also you don’t need a gallery to make large sales. Not long after the meeting — through Ig, I sold a painting for $30k (piece hasn’t been shared yet). I’m not saying numbers directly mean success - but they can mean financial stability and freedom. And in this case, that this is a time of challenging what traditionally has worked.
So what’s my advice? Using creativity to hustle and challenge normal thinking. Learn every day, but know when advice doesn’t apply to you. Especially in the art world xx
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