Frequently Asked Questions:
1. HOW CAN YOU OBTAIN MY WORK?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
a. Order name
b. Order size/ quantity for merchandize.
c. For art works / art prints / commission pieces: orders depend upon work, time and/or our agreed price.
d. Shipping cost depend on which part of the galaxy you live in. 🙂
2. WHAT ARE MY PRICES?
a. All original art and commissioned pieces start at USD 150 and above. Prices are on request.
b. Art prints have different range, as I have to cater to different clients all over the world.
3. CAN’T AFFORD MY WORK?
So, you really like a piece and really really want to have it but you aren’t an art collector or your pockets aren’t full as yet? Well, let me assure you mine has taken a really long way to be stitched and I yet don’t make as much from my creative work alone. Bank balance is always almost as good as my torn clothes. Though my torn clothes are a fashion statement, my bank balance is not. 🙂
But here’s what is possible:
a) You can help me find other buyers, get a commission from what is sold through those works and then simply purchase the one you wanted
b) You can give me a down payment and tell me to put it on hold for you. But I cannot hold it for more than 3 months as I have to pay for extra storage room and seasonal cleaning is a burden. Unclaimed/uncollected works will not be refunded. You are free to pick up the work as it is. Wear and tear of artwork is not the artist’s responsibility when not collected in time.
Note: Several buyers have given deposits and down payments but have never collected their works from me over 10 years. It is very difficult as an artist for me to store them and eventually dispose them due to wear and tear. Therefore I don’t provide refunds.
4. WHY DON’T I GIVE DISCOUNTS?
Alright. This is ONE word that an artist hates. It is a very simple logic:
You don’t get a discount on your salary and when you do a good job, you get a raise or a holiday tour or even free tickets. So it is very unfair and disrespectful to ask any artist to give you a discount when we invest a lot of sleepless days and nights, no financial credits through banks for loans, and yet have no regular monthly income.
Every unsold art has to be stored and maintained regularly which eventually takes up extra room cost.
My disability allowance in India is INR 200/- which doesn’t even cover a single cab trip to the airport.
BUT there are OFFERS you can avail. Simply follow my PAGE on Facebook and you will be able to keep track on offers/discounts that I have.
5. YOU WANT A PERSONALIZED/COMMISSIONED WORK?
You want something that is about you or someone else or a pet or a memory. You got your own ideas about it and/or a limited budget.
a. Follow step mentioned in Q1.
b. Then we shall work through it together. Any of my commissioned works start at USD 96/- (INR 6000). Final price will depend upon size, medium, and time taken for the piece. Shipping charges will be extra. Which means the final work won’t be the quoted price. This is my base price or cost price. An advance of INR 1500 (depending on work) has to be made as it takes me time to come up with a design. Floating designs (something that I already have done before) need to be recreated too. Art is serious work.
If you are willing to pay, then I know you’re serious about it. If you’re simply window shopping, I would suggest a google search. 🙂
6. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE GETTING A WORK THAT IS ACTUALLY MINE?
As an artist, we all have to face copyright issues, intellectual property rights, and all those matters. Even if I have a disclaimer or put in a watermark, there is no guarantee that someone would reprint my works or using a photo editing software change the name, so on and so forth. So here are couple of guarantees from my end:
a. Most of my work might or might not come with a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’. This can be copied too. Thus I try not to put too much time into it unless I feel like it.
b. This is my personal and only artblog. I have my art displayed on several online galleries but they do not represent me nor do they sell for me. I’ve lost track of many of them! 🙂
c. ALL my artwork are sold directly by me unless otherwise mentioned. HOWEVER, I maintain a good record of what I sold and to whom I sold. This record only stays with me in a place that no one can access – my wonderful memory bank in my brain!
If you are sold an artwork which is believed to be mine, or even one of my quotes being used – please do write in to me at email@example.com ! My work do hold various copyrights based on where they’ve been printed and published. Some of Val Resh works protected under The Red Door® .