A starving artist is an artist who sacrifices material well-being in order to focus on their artwork. They typically live on minimum expenses either for lack of business or because all of their DISPOSABLE income goes toward more art projects, supplies all without paycheck. Is the artist suppose to figure this sacrifice into the price of their art?
Covid-19 made it easier for art buyers to identify with the financial stuggle of an artist. Without realizing it thousands of people experienced the weekly, monthly, yearly, lifetime financial existence that artists endures every day. Yet an artist must keep working full time, creating and spending all that DISPOSABLE income on more supplies, rents etc. Should this be considered into the price of art?
An artist does.
Art shows in the park or in the street
Cost the artist $200, $350 to $500 for that 10x10 art space for one weekend. Galleries must charge artists wall rental plus commission fee and the Artist pays again just to be able to go to work. There is still no guaranteed paycheck but if the artist sells something then they get to pay 15% self employment tax with their DISPOSABLE income. Should this add to art prices?
Your beloved artists are there for you on weekends and holidays struggling to live on the (ARTIST-19) income. Artists must schedule their Hoidays around the art buyers Holidays. But the artist can take a day off when the Holidays are over, right.That's a "PRICE the ARTIST PAYS". Is that suppose to be entered in the equation of PRICES we pay for art ?
Someone wrote to say that this is too negative and that artists are suppose to be all about happy, carefree, heads in the cloud make everyone feel good. That sounds like the job of a clown. But we are talking about the PRICE of art here. .....and to help us understand the pricing of art. The professional artist says "This is My Day Job".
Find any art piece you like and pay the artist for allowing you to take a photo of the art. Go home and try to recreate it. Put a lime in the coconut and call your DR. in the morning...order some anxiety pills and get back to work on the painting. Only then can you begin to put a price on art. Unless you make the lifetime sacrifice, existing on ARTIST-19 income because they are dedicated to creating beautiful art that helps people feel good, easing their day. How much is that worth?