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June 07 2015
GOING INTERNATIONAL

A few months ago I was invited to participate in an art show to be held in China. I had to scramble because the deadline was the end of May and I had very little inventory available after my rough year last year when I managed to complete only two new paintings.

Ten other artists were invited to participate and we were each asked to submit up to ten paintings for the gallery owner to select from. I managed to cobble together eight pieces, and last week it was confirmed that four of those had been selected. Heading overseas are: “On the Edge”, “Three Pelicans”, “Morning at the Oasis”, and “Black Tusk”.

Typically a gallery will take paintings from an artist only on consignment, with an agreement on how the sale proceeds are to be split between the artist and the gallery when and if a painting is sold. If the painting doesn’t sell, it is eventually returned to the artist. However, with these paintings going to China, that’s probably a bit too risky for the artist, so in this case the gallery is actually buying the paintings outright. Whether they sell in China or not, the artists will have all been paid, a refreshing approach.

The gallery is in a city near Beijing called Tianjin, which has a population of 15 million, almost three times the size of the Greater Toronto Area. The opening of the show is in September and three of the artists shall be attending. The gallery owner is already talking about doing another such show next May, so it will be very interesting to see where this all goes. As exciting as entering a brand new market is, I have to admit to more of a feeling of loss than I usually feel when a painting sells. While I may never actually see a sold painting again, I generally know who my paintings have been bought by and where they are located, but in this case I know I shall never see them again and it is highly unlikely I shall ever have any sort of contact with the buyers. Going international requires a different level of letting go.

What all this means is that my inventory of available paintings is now extremely low and my challenge for the rest of the year will be to build up my stock of paintings, but first I’d better update my bio to mention that my work is sold internationally. Could a pricing increase be far behind? Heh, heh!


Posted by Peter Kiidumae at 07:50
Vlad Svetlovsky said...
Well done Peter. Hope you get to go too. Jun 07, 2015 08:01
Peter said...
Thanks Vlad. I'm not going to China for this one, but perhaps a subsequent show. The gallery owner covers the full cost of the artists' travel and calls the shots on who gets to go. Jun 07, 2015 08:11
Shelley Rubzow said...
I guess you can quit your day job now! Congratulations Peter on this achievement xxxooo Jun 08, 2015 08:37
Anonymous said...
This sounds so exciting and thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings about letting go of your paintings. Quitting your day job has always been your dream ever since I met you, so I hope that dreams do come true. Viv Jun 08, 2015 03:28
Peter said...
Great to hear from you Viv! But I love my day job - I just wish I had more time to paint. Jun 08, 2015 03:41
Anonymous said...
Needless to say, you know that WE are extremely pleased for you, Hugs, Jan Jun 10, 2015 08:51
Peter said...
Jan, I'm delighted to hear from you both. Thanks. Jun 10, 2015 10:32
Bob Rooney said...
Wishing you much success, Peter. I know how hard you have worked for this. Jun 26, 2015 03:34
Peter said...
Thanks Bob. You are probably right that I have worked pretty hard at times and put in a lot of hours, but I have to say that somehow it doesn't feel like "work" if you know what I mean. Jun 27, 2015 09:47