Seattle ArtREsource is actively seeking artwork by Northwest Masters and nationally recognized modern and contemporary artists. Please keep in mind that not all artwork by these artists will be accepted on consignment, as artwork is evaluated on a case by case basis. We are particularly successful with the following artists:
James Washington Jr.
How to Submit Artwork for Consideration
Step 1: Photograph (.jpg) each artwork
Step 2: Gather information for each artwork: Artist Name, Title, Date, Medium and Size.
Step 3: Email both the Photograph (.jpg) and the Information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not have access to email, you are welcome to use traditional mail to submit your artwork for consideration.
Please follow Steps 1 + 2 above plus the "Additional Criteria" below.
Additional Criteria: All images should be printed or loaded onto a thumb/flash drive (.jpg),
and artwork Information (Step 2) typed on a 8.5 x 11 in. sheet of paper.
Please include your full name, a return address and phone number so we may contact you regarding your artwork.
Address: Seattle ArtREsource, 625 1st Ave Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104Submitted materials will not be returned.
Terms + Policies
Until artworks sell, the Consignor and Seattle ArtREsource are partners in the selling process. Our interest is to sell your artworks. Our success depends on our mutual agreement of the following:
1. Ownership: Consignor owns artwork until sold.
2. Pricing: We will work together to find a fair price range for your artworks. Once a price range is established we will work to sell within that range. Any realistic offers below that range will be presented to Consignor before purchase is finalized.
3. Display: Every effort is made to display and promote the artwork both at Seattle ArtREsource and online, but ArtREsource cannot guarantee any specific display placement.
4. Commission: Seattle ArtREsource’s fee is 35% of the final sale price.
5. Payments: A check will be sent to Consignor within thirty (30) days of our receipt of payment in full.
6. Additional Expenses: Any outstanding expenses requested or agreed to by Consignor in attempt to ready the artwork for sale (professional photography, re-framing, replacing glass, conservation work, etc.) will be billed separately to the consignor and will be due to Seattle ArtREsource, Gallery Frames, Phoenix Art Restoration or other vendors once the service has been completed.
7. Consignment Period:The initial length of consignment is six (6) months unless otherwise noted. The consignment period may be extended with a new Consignment Agreement if mutually agreed to by both parties. If artwork has not sold by the end of the consignment period, the Consignor must retrieve the artwork from Seattle ArtREsource within thirty (30) days. Artwork still at Seattle ArtREsource beyond thirty (30)days will be charged $20 per piece monthly storage fee; this fee will be due at time of retrieval.
8. Insurance: Seattle ArtREsource suggests Consignor maintain insurance on artwork consigned. Seattle ArtREsource’s insurance covers consigned artwork against damage caused by an employee while at Seattle ArtREsource. Damage by a natural disaster or theft are not covered by ArtREsource’s insurance. Please be sure your homeowner’s/renter's insurance has enough replacement coverage for all artwork you consign.
9. Transport: Art delivery service and shipping costs to/from Seattle ArtREsource are the responsibility of the Consignor.
10. During the consignment period we ask that you do not list your artwork(s) for sale elsewhere (i.e. eBay, Auction Houses, auction houses, Craigslist, other art galleries, etc.).
11. It may be necessary for Seattle ArtREsource to remove artwork from the frame and mat in order to accurately assess the condition and to capture a high quality photographic likeness to be used in promoting the artwork.
We uphold our legal right to refuse to give professional consideration to any consignor or work of art that we consider may indicate an illegality or be harmful to reputation or ethic, including receipt of misinformation or consignor deception of any kind. We will not be held liable in any way if misinformation or deception presented to us at the time of consignment is revealed to the new owner or Seattle ArtREsource after a sale has been completed and the prior owner/consignor has been paid in full.
Frequently Asked Questions
I live out of the area or the artwork I am consigning is too big to fit in my car.
How will I get it to the gallery?
We recommend that you use a trusted art handler when transporting any artwork. Please keep in mind that all transportation costs to and from Seattle ArtREsource is at your expense, as the consignor. We do not pay to move, ship or pack artwork to or from Seattle ArtREsource.
Trusted Art Handlers:Atomic Art Services (local service)
Tim & Kelly Purtill
email@example.com Crater (local & national service)
Matt Kramer & Megan Morrisey
firstname.lastname@example.org Art Niche (local service)
email@example.com Beyond what is listed as “Actively Seeking”, are there any other artists whose art
you will take on consignment to sell?
Our focus is on artists from the Pacific Northwest region and internationally/nationally recognized artists. Often regional artists may have taught locally, at the University of Washington, Cornish, or Washington State University, for example.
Are there any artists whose artwork you will not consign?
We take only original artwork that we believe we can sell. This means that there are many artists who we will never take on consignment, simply due to the fact that our clients are not interested in purchasing their artwork, or we do not hold expertise in that area.
Seattle ArtREsource is a secondary-market gallery, meaning that we are not “building a market” for actively producing artists, as a standard gallery would. We consign only artwork by artists who have already established their market and reputation within the art world. If an artist has no history of selling in the Pacific Northwest region, we will likely decline your consignment request.
Will you consign Native American, African, Inuit, tribal or other aboriginal art?
No, because we do not have expertise in this area.
How can I tell if what I have is an original print, not a reproduction?
Using a magnifying glass or loupe look closely to see if there is an orderly dot pattern. If you see dots, it is most likely a reproduction. We typically shy away from reproductions or editions in the high-hundreds and thousands.
How do I begin the process of consignment?
Click on the “Sell Artwork” tab above for more information. Please keep in mind that we do not take walk-ins.
All consignment inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who determines the value of my artwork?
Together we determine the value of each artwork based on your need and our expertise. As art professionals we aim to sell each piece at fair market value, so you get the best price possible.
Does the price or cost of the frame factor into the list price of the artwork?
Unfortunately the frame is never factored into the value of the artwork. Valuation rests solely on the fair market value and the current condition of the artwork.
Does Seattle ArtREsource help pay for restoration?
All costs associated with restoration are the consignor’s responsibility. If you or we believe your artwork will benefit from minor restoration work before being offered for sale we are happy to help arrange that with our preferred restorer, Phoenix Art Restoration, once your artwork has been taken in on consignment.
How much money do I receive when my artwork sells?
You as a consignor receive 65% of the final sale price. Seattle ArtREsource’s fee is 35%.
How long will my artwork be on consignment at the gallery?
The consignment period is for a minimum of six months, and typically not longer than twelve months. Occasionally we keep an artwork on consignment beyond twelve months if a price reduction is in effect.
How quickly will my art sell?
There is no rule of thumb. Each piece takes a different amount of time to sell.
Pricing artwork correctly is key to selling quickly.
How do you market the artwork you have on consignment?
Click on the “Marketing” tab above for more information.
How does insurance work?
We strongly urge you to maintain insurance on all artwork, while it is on consignment.
For more specific details click on the “Terms + Policies” tab above.
What are other options for selling artwork if Seattle ArtREsource is not interested?
We recommend that you contact the gallery who currently represents the artist to see if they are interested in offering the artwork to their clients. If that is not an option, you may try an auction house.
Mroczek Brothers, Pacific Galleries and Klein James are all reputable Seattle auction houses. If your artwork is by an artist with an international reputation, we recommend speaking with Sotheby's, Christie's or Phillps auction house in New York.Please understand that you will be responsible for packing, crating and shipping all artwork sent to and from the auction house. Auction fees are in the 35%-45% range of the selling price and are typically paid by both the seller and buyer.
Marketing Your ArtworkMarketing Begins with Selection
We choose only quality artwork, upholding a consistent level of excellence. All Artwork on Consignment can be Viewed in Person
It is important to our clients to see artwork in person. We rotate what is on display regularly, ensuring that each artwork gets ample exposure in the second story gallery, or on the street level at Gallery Frames. Our Clients Regularly Shop from the Racks
We routinely direct clients to select artwork from our onsite storage racks, meaning that even if artwork is not on the wall our clients can see it. Online Exposure
Artwork is listed with prices on our website. We promote our website on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to ensure your artwork reaches a broad audience. Additionally we use direct email marketing to share your artwork with specific clients who have expressed interest in a particular artist or similar style of artwork. Exhibitions
On occasion we mount themed exhibitions focussing on a single artist, movement or style, or based around a collection or an estate.