Artists Sell Art to Corporate Collectors

Large and small corporations are still collecting art but it is not always easy for an artist to make sales in this market. The collections of medium to small corporations may vary considerably but usually cannot focus on major classical acquisitions.

Contemporary artists have a real possibility to sell to some small and medium sized corporations that specialize in contemporary artists. These businesses want more than decor, they can afford and prefer real art for their offices and buildings. Most corporations know that they can collect local, regional, possibly international artists with some level of recognition at reasonable prices.

Finding the companies that collect is a necessary first step. Then determining what types of art their collection may consist of is the next step. Most corporate collections are managed and publicized within the company as well as in the media for public relations reasons.

Most corporations that collect are working with guidelines that are formulated by the CEO or an executive or administrative committee. These guidelines may even dictate that the acquired art follow content related to the company’s products or services.

For example, some pharmaceutical companies collect on themes related to health or medical sciences. Food companies may prefer festive or cuisine-related artworks. CEOs can take the advice of a committee or of one officer appointed to do the necessary research and negotiations to buy art.

Some corporations specialize is one genre or one or two media. Some companies only collect from a particular geographic locale or from one particular organization of artists or dealers. Finding out what is collected by a corporation begins with reaching a contact person. Then you can try to make a presentation or to build a rapport for further negotiation. Of course if you find out that the collection is only involved in buying watercolors and only produce oil paintings, then your best bet is to ask for further contacts that might be known in other collecting corporations.

The process of finding which collections are potential buyers of your work may take some time and work. But if you persist you can narrow down the possibilities. You may even persuade a company to begin collecting, or to work with someone who already likes your art work to begin the collection.

Vintage Household Packaging Has a Unique Shabby Chic Charm For Collectors

From the ever-smiling, dainty image of the 1950s housewife featured on a box of washing powder from those days, to a stylish 1960s Biba eye-shadow box, packaging offers us a unique and fascinating insight into recent social history – presented in a most attractive form.  After colour printing was developed in the 1840s, manufacturers increasingly used these new techniques to present their products in the most eyecatching way – just like the amazingly popular American feedsacks from the first half of the 20th century.

Comparatively small numbers of 19th century examples survive, but there are plenty of samples of 20th century packaging available.  Prices can be as low as a few dollars and rarely more than $200-300.  Vintage packaging gives us a taste of changing styles and prices.  A sachet of Bird’s custard powder, decorated in the colours still used by the company cost 1 1/2d (around 2-3 cents), while hair cream – very popular in the early part of the 20th century has now mainly disappeared from shelves, to be replaced by mousse, gel and an array of other styling products.

If you choose to collect 19th century packaging, then look for a variety of colours and intricacy of designs.  These items are harder to come by though, whilst the huge variety of 20th century packaging makes it easy to focus on a specific type – maybe kitchenalia – such as food packaging – to give your kitchen a really retro look.

To avoid a disjointed, untidy look consider the style of artwork that appeals to you – from the angularity of 1930s Art Deco to the bright colours of the 1950s and 60s – there’s something for everyone.  Or you may choose to concentrate on a particular brand name, such as Coca-Cola or Kelloggs cornflakes – to show how the rooster has changed over time perhaps.  Whatever you choose do be sure to avoid damaged items as their value will be considerably reduced. A smaller collection of pieces in good condition is better than a larger collection of damaged or inferior items.  Bright attractive designs and well-known brand names count for more than just the age of an item.

Then why not set off your vintage collection with some beautiful bunting based on real vintage fabrics from the feedsacks of the early 20th century – then your shabby chic look really will be complete!