The time that goes into a painting is equal to the cost of that work. That price also takes into accountÂ the talent, Â art education and how popular the artist is.Â Art isÂ perceived value,Â in Â that if someone sees a painting that is deemed too cheap they think the artist isn’t any good. I know of an artist who was asked a few years ago to do a painting by a VERY famous departmental store for one of their clients, and when he gave his price of Â£700 he was told by the store it was too cheap and put a zero on the end.Â I’ve heard of an artist recently who put their prices up THREE times in a very short space of time when taken on by a well known gallery. The art isn’t any different, its just the price that changes, and the percentage cut the middle-men get.
Someone asked me this week if I would do a painting for them, a commission, but said that they didn’t want to insult me as a professional artist by only wanting to pay half the price I have quoted on my website price list. I explained firstly that I wasn’t insulted at all, and can do a painting to suit the budget (unless someone wants an extremely complex painting done for Â£50 in which case, I won’t!), so give me your budget, and tell me what you want, and the size you want it in, and I can do something for you. There will be ten times less hours put in it if its a tenth of the original price, but it will still be a picture you will loveÂ and cherish and be happy with.
Tell me the picture in your head, and the price you want to pay me to do it. Individuality and a professional piece of art, what could be better on your wall?