Our sculptors are equally well known for private and corporate works. Many have worked on many prestigious commissions including the portrait of John Major by Anne Curry and Arsene Wenger for Arsenal FC (copies of bronzes are here in the gallery). An exciting form of portraiture, portrait sculpture is a popular medium due to its three dimensional and tactile qualities.
Most sculptors require sittings as measurements need to be taken. Although an investment of time, busts of children are increasingly popular. There are many styles to choose from and as in the words of Mark Richards:
My aim in portrait sculpture is to present a sensitive and immediate likeness within a balanced and elegant composition.
Additionally, clients can be involved with the colour of the patina. Sculptors guide with regard to suitability but we always recommend that our sitters are involved.
Fine Art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart of man go together
John Ruskin 1819-1900
- What medium's right for you?
- Firstly, what look are you trying to achieve?
- Is this picture to hang with predecessors, ancestors, or the like?
- Do you have a budget in mind?
- Where is this picture going to hang?
- How much space do you have?
- Sometimes an artist whose style you admire may not be suited to painting under life size.
All these questions and more can be answered when you visit our commissioning gallery.
Avoiding common commissioning pitfalls
Is this painting for a particular date? A surprise?
Don't be tempted to choose an artist just because he/she can get the project completed in time. Always trust your instinct, if you don't find an artist whose style you really like don't embark on the project.
Have you seen enough of their recent work? Most important rule of all: don't choose an artist because you have heard of them. Many portraits linger in attics because people commission friends of friends to paint a child when they are really only confident at painting older people etc etc. The rules apply to all types of commissioning.