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12 Ways to Maintain Great Relationships in the Art Market

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12 Ways to Maintain Great Relationships in the Art Market


Art World Rules for Creating Positive Connections

Alfred la Guigne by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, oil painting

Alfred la Guigne by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, oil painting

Building and maintaining strong relationships in the art market can be complicated. You may be friendly with a fellow painter and simultaneously quite envious of her. You may dislike a gallery owner or a collector on a personal level but decide that the connection is too valuable to abandon, perhaps because he’s your sole advocate or only customer in your art business.

No matter how faceted these relationships are, they definitely matter. That is why I want to explore the top guidelines and recommendations on how to maintain good, thriving relationships in the art market with you from creative coach Eric Maisel, who is teacher, therapist and artist guide with more than 40 books under his belt, all linked to performers, relationships and the creative through-line.

Don’t take Maisel’s word for it though–try any of these pointers out and see where it takes you and report back! Can’t wait to hear how it goes,


It’s Your World

1. You can make art as if you were on an island, but as soon as you want to share your creative efforts with others, you’re embroiled in a world of others—there’s no getting around that. Accept that reality.

2. You get to decide how you want to be in your relationships, even if you feel pressured to be someone else.

3. You don’t have to reveal your true feelings in all of your relationship dealings. Maybe you might act friendlier than you actually feel, or maybe not let people know of your reservations about your work. Create a professional persona that serves you.

4. Know your intentions and choose them wisely. Do you want to blow up your relationship with your gallery owner because you’re embarrassed to tell him that you don’t have paintings ready for your show, or do you want to do the right thing and make your confession early on in the conversation?


Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, oil painting

Expectations and Actions

5. Expect people to come with shadows. Everyone you’ll deal with is a human being with all of the baggage that human beings acquire along the way, including hidden agendas, thin skins, passive-aggressive tendencies, self-interestedness and so on.

6. Be strong when you need to be strong. It may be smart and strategic to be pleasant and low maintenance in most interactions, but you also need to be assertive when necessary.

7. Ask questions. Marketplace players have plenty of reasons for not always being clear. Ask, even if you feel embarrassed or aren’t sure that the questions really need asking.

8. Ask for help. If you want to make contact with a journalist but you think that the contact ought to be made by your gallery, ask your gallery owner to reach out to the journalist. Request what you need.

9. Negotiate. We tend to avoid using this skill with marketplace players because sometimes they intimidate us. We fear that if we ask for anything, the deal will vanish. Get used to negotiating politely, carefully and matter-of-factly.

Time and Talents

10. Be careful with your time. If someone you know in an arts organization asks you to volunteer to support something they’re doing, think twice before agreeing. Make sure that you don’t give away your time, talent and energy cavalierly.

11. Try to make your personal relationships support your art intentions. Let everyone in your house know that you’re an artist and that you need a certain amount of time and space in which to work—and their unconditional support.

12. Don’t burn bridges unnecessarily. If a gallery owner rejects your current paintings, thank her politely and keep her in mind for the future. If you haven’t yet honed and mastered these skills, the time is now.

Insights and Access for Artists

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Eric Maisel’s list was featured in the December 2016 issue of Pastel Journal. This article also had contributions from Jessica Canterbury.


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DEADLINE: February 1, 2018

Winning art will be featured in North Light Books’ hardbound showcase of the best in contemporary acrylic. North Light Books will showcase the best of the best in a variety of styles and subjects.

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All winners will appear in the sixth edition of AcrylicWorks .

Creative energy is the driving force of what it means to be an artist, and how an artist chooses to use that energy is what sets one apart from the others. Some may choose energetic brush strokes creating movement that seems to dance across the canvas. Others may select colors that represent a feeling behind their emotional energy for a particular work. For others still, the creative energy may take a more behind-the-scenes role, one in which perhaps the artist is the only person who can truly know the source of inspiration.

AcrylicWorks 6 will celebrate creative energy and excellence in acrylic painting. We welcome a variety of styles and subjects, along with mixed-media art in which acrylic paint plays a key role. If selected, you will be asked to describe how your painting demonstrates or embodies the theme of “Creative Energy.” This includes but is not limited to your creative or technical process, materials and/or artistic inspiration

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