Buying or commissioning a sculpture directly from the artist
Buying art directly from an artist is easy!
- Website Purchase - One way to purchase art directly from an artist is to purchase from their website.
- Simply pick out the desired sculpture
- Inquire as to its availability and location (some artwork will be in various galleries or shows or might have been purchased recently).
- Inquire about the price
- Pay through paypal, directly online or through some other arrangement
- Studio Tour / Visit - Most artists are quite pleased to set up a time to meet with you in their studio. Since artists live a varied life,
including showing their art in various venues - galleries, shows, etc., - it is best to make an appointment rather than to simply show up at their studio.
- Call or email the artist to arrange an agreed upon time. For contact information for the Pacific Northwest Sculptors Artists, you can go to the
individual artist's page through our gallery - pnwsculptors.org/gallery.htm
- Set up a time to come and not only enjoy the art but get a personal glimpse of the processes, even see some works in progress that no one else has seen!
- Commissions - Here are usual steps for commissioning a sculpture directly from an artist.
- Call the artist and talk to them about what you are hoping to have created and see if it is something that the artist is willing to make for you.
- Agree on a price for the sculpture.
- The artist either creates a maquette of the proposed piece (a small rendition of the sculpture) or the artist draws a
design or sketch that clearly depicts what will be made. There is often a design fee separate from the price of the sculpture.
- Payment for the sculpture is done in one of two ways depending on the artist and the piece: 1)1/3 in the beginning, 1/3 in the middle and 1/3
upon completion. 2)1/2 in the beginning and 1/2 upon completion. (An artist usually asks for 1/2 upfront if the materials are going to be expensive such as a bronze.)
- Before work begins, a contract is drawn up that addresses what is do be made, what the price is, what the payment schedule is and the date of the three
stages of work - beginning, middle and completion.
- The contract is signed by both parties and each gets a signed copy.
- Sample Contract - This contract is supplied as a sample only. Contracts will vary
depending on the nature of the work and the preferences of the artist and buyer. (Pdf - 68kb)