|June 2012 Making A Mark Poll: What's the main reason for the size of your artwork?|
In POLL: How do you decide the size of your artwork? I highlighted a number of reasons for making choices about different sizes of artwork. These focused on:
- Art Practice
- Art Collectors
- Art Exhibitions
You may have a different view. Please do not hesitate to comment telling me what that is.
125 people responded to the poll during June - and the poll results will be typical of the people who responded. These are the results in tabular form - and are the same as the ones represented by a pie chart at the top of this post.
What's the main reason for the size of your artwork?
|whatever subject demands & hang the cost||36%|
|standard sizes: minimise framing costs||21%|
|latest purchase of paper/support||12%|
|standard sizes: for exhibitions (swop frames)||10%|
|small size for enthusiastic collectors||7%|
|small size for impulse purchases||5%|
|small size for ease of postage||5%|
|big for competitions/ to get noticed||0%|
|big for collectors with space & money||0%|
Size is important! Artists do think about the size of their artwork and for the most part appear to have developed a perspective on what size suits them best.
In summary, of the 125 artists who responded, there is a clear split between an 'art is all' aesthetic perspective and those who want their art to make financial sense as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
- Just over a third are persuaded that the aesthetic of their design and composition is the overriding factor in determining the size of their art.
- Just under a third are mindful of pragmatic and financial considerations with respect to framing for exhibitions and sales.
- One fifth paint small for three main reasons - all of which primarily relate to sales and despatch to customers and/or exhibitions
- 5% of artists have other reasons for painting the size they do