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May 6, 2008
To sell art one has to have a sense for the aesthetic and the ability to spot a work of art that has the potential to be sold and that might turn out to be a masterpiece. This ability gets honed by the passage of years as you gain experience. Selling art is tremendously competitive and one has to be persistent, committed and determined to make a name in the field. Just as the name of an artist can evoke certain reactions so should the name of the seller. He or she should establish a reputation for spotting good paintings or other works of art.

The best way for an budding artist to sell art is to first get his paintings entered into an art competition. The more well known and the more prestigious the competition the better the chances for an artist to get a better exposure of his creation. Whether he bags a prize or not, the possibility remains that someone might take a fancy to his painting and purchase it. Once a painting is purchased and displayed in a home, the possibility of it being discussed among friends and acquaintances is ripe. A small step in the right direction which can lead to further possibilities. The more competitions that you compete in, the more your chances of being discovered.

The purchase and display of a painting at a person's home sets of a kind of chain reaction. The painting becomes a matter of conversation among relatives, friends and other acquaintances. This may lead to one or more of them purchasing another of your painting. Once the reaction starts it is bound to come to its logical conclusion.

Previously only the rich bought their art from established galleries of repute. Here collections of the masters and some well known artists were kept on display and sold. People who have a taste for a beautiful picture attend competitions expecting to buy a painting or other work of art at a reasonable price. After all, art is subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The Internet is a good way to sell art. Thanks to the Internet, connoisseurs of art can buy art from across the globe. National boundaries have been erased and the art of any country or even a specific province can be purchased online. For an aspiring artist this is a bonanza. The exposure that his or her painting gets transcends national boundaries. The more reputed art galleries are, undoubtedly, selective about the art that they display, but almost all of them play fair with the hopeful. Some of them do it even for free.

In these when the money market is swinging like a pendulum gone crazy, art seems to have established itself as a stable form of investment making the selling and buying of art a profitable business. Even the paintings of potentially promising artists are bought with the expectation that they might appreciate in value over time.

If it so happens that you are not an artist and don't have the aptitude for being one, there is the off chance that someone well known to you might be one and you could convince him to let you sell them. From just selling your friend's art you might graduate to the status of a full fledged art dealer.

So sell art. Yours or someone else's. You might become famous or make someone else famous. If you do, then you could even become rich and buy a few masters for yourself.
About the Author
Kathy Austin is a writer for an online gallery. Sell art at Red Bubble. You can also sell photos online .
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