Do you know where your artwork is located and it's retail price? All serious artists should have a good inventory system for their artwork. Following are some reasons why.
1. So that you know where it is located. Don't embarrass yourself when a collector or gallery calls for information about a particular artwork and you can't locate it.
2. So that you know where it has been. For example, mistakenly presenting artwork to a gallery that has already shown said artwork is unprofessional.
3. So that you can document the evolution of your style. An artists style, subject matter, and color can change over time. If you are keeping track of inventory, and therefore the year artwork has been completed, you get to see how your artwork has evolved over time.
4. So that you know if a particular piece of artwork has sold. Do you still have an image of artwork up on your website that has sold at a gallery and it's not marked as sold on your website? This could really get you in trouble when someone sees the image on your website and wants to purchase it. Knowing that certain artworks have been sold let's you know what remains for future exhibitions.
5. So that you know when to retire artwork. If your are inventorying properly then you know how long artwork has been circulating. If it's been around the block for a couple of years and it has not sold, it may be time to give it to a fundraiser or retire it to your private collection.
If you or someone you know is in need of a proper inventory system, feel free to set up an ArtCoaching for You appointment with me. We'll create one together shaped to your needs.