Commission a Portrait
How to Commission a Portrait
Commissioning a portrait direct from the artist ensures that you receive a unique, tailored service, resulting in a portrait that exceeds expectations.
Gary enjoys painting entirely from life but can also paint from photographs when necessary.
Portrait from Life
Having your portrait painted from life can be a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.
During initial discussions we can determine if live sittings are possible. The artist can either paint your portrait at your home or place of work or alternatively sittings can be arranged in his private art studio.
Depending on your availability for sittings the artist can either complete the portrait entirely from life or make sketches and take reference photographs to work from back in the studio.
Sometimes I may request a final sitting from life where I will complete final touches and welcome your suggestions for small changes.
Portrait from Photographs
The artist can paint entirely from photographs when live sittings are not possible, such as posthumous portraits or paintings as a surprise gift.
When both parties are happy with the final portrait Gary will organise a time and date to deliver the piece at your convenience. Portraits are typically delivered with a protective coat or retouch varnish. At any point during the process Gary is happy to advise on framing and the final varnishing of your painting.
Looking after your Portrait
After completion and delivery of the portrait I’m only a phone call away to help answer any questions or provide advice to help you look after the piece for years to come.
As a guide, the following prices are provided:
Alla Prima Approach (looser finish): from £995
Academic Layered Approach (highly detailed finish): from £2,000
You can see examples of these types of painting in the portraits section of this site.
- The cost of commissioning a portrait is dependent upon a number of factors including:
- portrait format (e.g. head and shoulders, half length, full length)
- number of subjects (e.g. individual or group)
- content (e.g. complexity or detail of the setting)
- size of painting
For a more accurate idea of cost please contact the artist to discuss your initial thoughts. For commissions that need to fit a particular budget (such as paintings as a gift) the artist can help advise the best approach and composition.
Contact the Artist
If you are interested in commissioning a portrait then please get in touch. Email the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will happily discuss your requirements and ideas for the painting you would like.
If you’re interested in commissioning a painting then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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