How to Find an Agent or Rep for Fine Art Paintings

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How to Find an Agent or Rep for Fine Art Paintings
A strong portfolio is helpful in getting representation. (Expression Abstract painting (see more in my Portfolio) image by dpaint from

Finding an agent or gallery representation takes preparation and time, but finding the right one can help you get the exposure you need to sell your work. It is best to seek representation in the city where you live so that you can start to build a reputation. Many successful artists start in their hometown and build their resumes and portfolios before moving to a major art market like New York or Los Angeles, where the competition is tougher.

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Things you need

  • Bio/resume
  • Press kit
  • Hard copies and digital photographs of the artwork
  • List of agents, galleries and websites

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    Update your bio, resume and press kit. Include in your resume every showing and exhibition you've had, as well as your education. Having a bachelor's degree is an important consideration for representation by galleries. Include any printed articles or news clippings about your work.

  2. 2

    Photograph your artwork. It is recommended that you get a professional photographer to take pictures of your work. Choose 10 to 15 pieces and keep digital copies on your computer to submit to the agents and galleries who prefer online submissions. Put the hard copies of your portfolio in a binder that is professional-looking and representative of your work.

  3. 3

    Research agents, galleries and websites that sell artwork. Find those that represent your type of work and what their submission process is. Some will not take unsolicited submissions. Many websites that sell artwork will charge a fee for setting up an online art gallery on your behalf, so request information on how many pieces they sell and their best-selling type of art.

  4. 4

    Call the agents and galleries to find out the proper contact person. If they accept your submission, send them a package containing your materials with a cover letter and a self-addressed stamped envelope in the case they do not accept it. Allow 2 to 4 weeks before you follow up with a phone call or an e-mail regarding your submission.

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