Are you facing some problems pricing your art?

Well, we have a solution for you.


Pricing art is tricky because it’s a unique item unlike any other. Because you’re not just selling your time here, you’re also selling a tiny piece of you.

Thus, you might feel that your painting is, subjectively, more valuable to you than the price you’re selling it for.

Here are some factors you might consider whilst pricing your art:

  • Your professional reputation — education, awards, art shows, publications, reviews…

  • Your costs — materials, tools, rent, electricity, education…

  • Your process (more time-consuming work should in theory cost more than works done in a quicker manner)

  • Artwork size (affects the costs and process, but also there’s a limit to how much you can charge for smaller works)

  • Art market conditions — for example, art is so cheap in Croatia and in Egypt as well.

  • Demand for your art — if your art sells fast, it’s time to raise your prices


How can you price your art, if you are not a professional artist?

  1. Figure out your hourly rate and your daily rate, how can you do that?

  2. Depending on your skill and experience, determine what monthly salary you’d be most likely to get if art was your full time job, and you managed to sell all the art you created in a month’s work.

NOTE: If you’re an amateur, you can’t expect more than a minimum wage. If you’re very skilled, than choosing a salary appropriate for a commercial illustrator or a designer in your area would be more appropriate. (Average of an illustrator in Egypt is 4000 pounds)

  1. To get hourly rate, divide this monthly salary by 100 hours, you will get you hourly rate.

  2. To get daily rate, divide this monthly salary by 22 days, you will get you daily rate.

  3. Pick one piece of artwork and answer the following questions about it:

    1. How long (in hours) did it take you to make it? If you don’t know the exact number, don’t worry, just make a guess.

    2. How long in days did it take you to make it?

    3. Based on the numbers you got from 1 and 2, how many art pieces like this can you reasonably complete in a month if you were producing art full time?

    4. How much did the materials for this particular piece cost you?

  4. Set the price:

    1. Method 1: Hourly rate X number of hours spent + cost of materials = Price

    2. Method 2: Daily rate X number of days spent + cost of materials = Price

    3. Method 3: Monthly salary / number of paintings you could do in a month + cost of materials = Price

Note that all of this is only the first step to know how much your art is really worth, and by time, you change you prices according whether people are buying it or not.

So you may not put the right price from the first time, but this is an effective way to put you on the right track.


 What to do next?

  • Compare your art prices with those of local artists, e.g. (artists in exhibition you attended before or artists here on the website)

  • Keep a record of your sold pieces (price, dimensions, size…etc.), to compare them with the new piece when you price it.


  • Flareinn’s commission fees is 20% after the paintings is sold.