What is an academic portrait?
An academic portrait is a painting that is typically built up in multiple layers of oil paint and taken to a highly rendered finish.
Traditionally academic portraits have been used to help celebrate status or wealth through their detailed depiction of finery in clothing, jewellery and accessories.
The academic portrait option is great for those looking to invest in a spectacular painting as an extra special gift or to mark a lifetime of achievement perhaps as a company executive or service personnel.
How long does an academic portrait painting take?
As with any painting the time it takes and number of sittings required is dependent on the composition and complexity of the piece. However, as a guide, these layered portraits can take between 1 and 6 months (or more) to paint, sometimes having to allow for drying time between layers.
When painted from life, an academic portrait can typically take 5 or more sittings of 2-3 hours in duration. An academic portrait can take weeks and sometimes months to complete and so while some of the portrait may be painted from life, photographs are used as reference for the majority of the process.
How much does a detailed portrait painting cost?
Prices for a detailed oil painting start from £2,000. You can see a full price guide with compositions and sizes below.