Gallery Painter

Create paintings for display in art galleries.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $90,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Gallery Painters do?

As a Gallery Painter you paint pictures that will hang and sell in an art gallery. These pieces are meant for display rather than reproduction—if someone buys from a gallery it’s because they want a one-of-a-kind creation. Generally Artists balance putting work in galleries, marketing and selling pieces themselves, and working as a Commission Painter.

So being a Gallery Painter just means you are a practicing Artist—"Gallery" only specifies the manner in which you choose to market your artwork. In general this is a good venue to sell your work, as galleries provide a setting of public exposure and you don’t have to handle the selling of the piece—that is their area of expertise.

Downsides of being a Gallery Painter are that galleries take a cut to provide these services, so you might make less than if you sold it yourself. It can also be hard to get your work shown in a gallery: Gallery Owners might be looking for something edgy, something classic, or think that heavy handed texture is coming back into vogue. So your work not only has to be good, it also has to fit the taste and mood of the Gallery Owner.


Should I be a Gallery Painter?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Gallery Painter

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