There are proper ways an artist should approach an art gallery for representation. First step is to do your research. Check out the galleries in your area. You as an artist will want to have
your original work in one gallery in one area. If you live near Los Angeles (as I do) then you would need to research the galleries in Los Angeles and since my style is “contemporary realism” then, for instance, I would need to look for a gallery that shows contemporary types of works. Find a gallery that is the right fit for your artistic style.
Get a list of possible galleries that might be right for your art and then go into those galleries as a customer. Browse those galleries and look for red dots on the art. The red dot means that the art work has been sold. A yellow dot means that a hold has been placed on the piece. Talk to the sales people and staff in the art gallery. Ask questions as a buyer and notice how they treat you. Are the staff nice? Are they professional? Do they attempt to sell you art? You as an artist need to choose a gallery where your work will be displayed and sold.
When you have narrowed your search down to a few art galleries that would be a good fit then go into the galleries in person as an artist. Be prepared. You are going to ask to set up an appointment with the director. You are looking for representation in the area and you would like to submit your work to their gallery. Have a few originals in your car. Have a portfolio or notebook in hand so that you can show your artwork if they ask to see it right then. Ask what their submission process is? When you walk out you should either have an appointment set up with the director or you now have instructions on how to submit your work to their gallery.
In my next blog I will continue writing about the submission process…peace and be well