Van der Plas Gallery

I was contacted by this gallery via Instagram. It is a brick and mortar site. I got suspicious because my art doesn’t look anything like what they have displayed in the past. The charge large fees up front per piece
● ​1 painting/drawing/print, up to 14” x 11” $150 ● ​1 painting/drawing/print, up to 24” x 18” $200 ● ​1 painting/drawing/print, up to 40” x 30” $250

And of course there are other fees and 50% commission

I didn’t take Adriaan Van der Plas up on the invitation

12 comments
  • Anonymous

    I too was contacted through IG- total bullshit! Don’t let galleries like these take advantage of artists! With the “administrative fees” they charge, and with the number of artists included per show, they are making at least $10k per show. They are preying on desperate artists. Shameful!!!

  • Anonymous

    I also just got approached by them and asked to exhibit it would be 385 for one artwork , the original wouldn’t be exhibited as I’m overseas . I would have liked to exhibit in new York as I’m in Australia . I didn’t notice the fees and have made another large painting in excitement of the exhibition. It’s tirned out to be my best painting so even if I don’t exhibit with them something good came out of it . Would love to hear if anyone has had any success with them

  • Anonymous

    I have never seen Administrative charges like this gallery has.
    Outrageous!
    They charge an artist showing 24×18 work $300. Each piece
    14×11 work $150. Each Piece
    Shame Shame

  • Anonymous

    So, I actually took them up on offer last summer when they reached out via Instagram to include some of my work in an upcoming show. Same thing, ridiculously expensive charges to show, but I was a little more inexperienced so I took a chance on it. To their credit, the pieces did end up in a legitimate show, there’s even a virtual exhibit they put up on artland.com (https://www.artland.com/exhibitions/quo-vadis-55d075, if you want to check it out) that looks pretty professionally done. And, while it’s not like the pieces sold, they were just 2 in a sea of various works, if the cost to show is too much you could always be a lil stinker like myself and make a partial payment, then ignore any of their messages asking for the rest of it and abandon the pieces with them. That way you don’t spend a lot of AND your work still shows in the online exhibit (if you look at the virtual one I’m at the back of the first floor, two panels kinda low on the wall, Scarlett Weissman “dePhase” and “dePhase II”)

  • Anonymous

    I was also just contacted to post my work .Very costly.I would have to charge 1250 for a 12×12. Art piece as they charge 150 plus framing plus cost to ship there and back and there 50 percent commission.so I might net 500 out of the 1250. They would make more.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the reviews, I was also contacted by the gallery. but I am interested to know if anyone here has experience in actually dealing with the galley i.e displaying work in the gallery or selling work with the gallery? I appreciate your concerns and honesty, but if nobody here has gone forward with a submission and has first hand experience then these reviews leave little to go by. I am still undecided but I haven’t ye found any negative reviews from various sites other than here, I’m still unsure whether to right Van Der Plas off as simply a vanity gallery.

    • Anonymous

      My friend just showed with them. He got his paint in ngs back and they did not ship it right. Some damage to frames. None of the materials he sent with painting. Basically just stuck painting in box, no bubble wrap. They also changed date of show and didnt tell him. He found out on the invite.

  • Anonymous

    I have been contacted the same way.
    And as I was in a rush, I declined for this time but I suggested passing by….
    Never had answer to my email to get infos for next exhibitions…. Not good….

  • Anonymous

    Yes often unsolicted messages/emails from galleries like that with big fees usually mean they are just vanity galleries and not in the best interests of you or your art, only for profit. Thank you for the heads up on this gallery.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah. Me you and the fence post this is a vanity gallery supported by family money, not a client list.

    While you certainly can’t blame a gallery for trying selling wall space for a space that doesn’t do art fairs, has passive pass thru traffic And a limited understanding of social media as a sales tool is a challenge at best

    There’s a lack and poverty culture here. Avoid.

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