So after a recent art delivery, an employee at the location asked me “What happens to the art when it leaves here?”
That all depends. But most of the time it goes something like this:
When I deliver art new to a location that will sell it, sometimes I pick up work from a previous delivery that did not sell or was used for other purposes. That art then either goes directly to a new retail location or it comes back to my studio. In either case, but always if it’s at my studio, the art goes through a “general exam”. Each piece is looked over for scratches, scuffs, and other sorts of wear and tear that occur from shipping. Then if the wear is on the painting surface itself, it may get a touch up or repaint over the worn area. Almost always though any wear is on the outside edges of the frame or canvas an not part of the painting itself.
- In this image, you can see wear and tear of the frayed canvas corner that I had to repair.
In these cases I repair the edges to look as new because if someone wants to spend money on my artwork, I want every bit of it to be in pristine condition for the money. One thing many artists seem to overlook is how “finished” a painting looks, and this includes the edges I think. Everything should be CLEAN and ready to hang on a wall. Period. Also, I will look the back over for extra things that could poke out and scratch a frame or wall surface, like an extra staple, piece of something, etc.
The staple on the top left in this image was removed.
After the painting gets it’s “exam” and cleaned up, then it is back for sale! Most of the time this means it gets shipped to the next venue that has not had the opportunity to show it yet.