How to Commission a Portrait Artist with Fine Art Commissions
How to commission an original painting
We essentially act as intermediaries between a client and an artist. We offer a choice of portrait artists who we believe are talented, or experienced enough, to paint, sculpt or draw, in a style similar to the examples we show our clients. There is little point in promoting a portrait artist who decides to change their style between commissions. This does not mean we restrict our artists, it just means we ensure that if they want to change direction, our clients can make an informed judgement.
The cost of a portrait commission through Fine Art Commissions is the same as if a client commissioned through an artist's studio. The benefit for the client is that we are in the background to iron out any concerns prior to, and during the commission. Our artists obviously benefit by their work being promoted to a wider audience and not having to deal with paperwork!
Potential sitters come to our gallery in St. James's and look through the portfolios. We have approximately fifteen paintings on our walls, enough to give an idea of the styles available. Sometimes clients will want to show their other half, or in the case of corporate portraiture, a panel of Directors. In this situation we will make a short list of artists we all agree are appropriate for a particular project and Rosie will mail out a mini portfolio. With regard to corporate portraiture we are happy to make a presentation in the client's office.
Once a decision has been taken we inform the artist and send a deposit form (50%) to the client, this ensures the preferred dates/price quoted etc are confirmed. Some clients like to meet the artist first, others are happy to discuss sittings, clothes and timings with us.
We then melt into the background unless there is an issue which needs addressing. This rarely happens but we are here for ALL concerns. This ranges from potentially awkward issues, i.e. the sitter could be too embarrassed to tell the artist that their nose is smaller, to adding another sitter/pet, full length rather than a half length, visiting the studio for the final sitting etc etc.
Once the portrait is finished we check with the client that everyone is happy before recommending a framer. Framers are very happy to meet clients at Bury Street to choose from a selection of mouldings.
We take the fear of the unknown out of commissioning and have had over ten happy years working with hundreds of satisfied clients.