Although our gallery in St James’s is temporarily closed our artists are able to work while self-isolating. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss commissioning a painting. You may have a photograph, historical portrait, pet or favourite view you would like copied?
In addition, many of the artists have studio works available – landscapes, still life and abstracts - which we can arrange for you to view online. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - the artists are keen to keep their eye in and busy during this time…
Fine Art Commissions were delighted to exhibit Nicky Philipps at the inaugral Open Art Fair.
Nicky Philipps’s latest portrait is of actor Kelsey Grammer who is currently starring in the West End production of ‘Man of La Mancha’. Nicky depicts Mr Grammer whilst he recites his lines, within a remarkable 7 ½ ft x 4 ½ ft canvas.
4th June 2019 saw the opening evening for our summer exhibition. For six weeks we will be exhibiting a selection of unseen portraits, showcasing Europe’s leading contemporary portrait artists. During the exhibition we will also be holding live events to celebrate portraiture. Click here to learn more.
Exhibition dates: 5th June–17th July 2019
Nicky was delighted to be sent this image of her portrait of TRH’s Princes William and Harry featured on a motorway bridge near Melbourne. She was particularly thrilled as her grandmother, Rose Osborne, was born and brought up at Currandooley near Bungendore, New South Wales. Nicky spent nine happy months with her Australian cousins in 1985. Artistically she was inspired by Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts.
Gareth Reid was recently commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces charity as part of the major refurbishment of Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.
Yesterday, HRH The Prince of Wales unveiled his new portrait in the State Drawing Room.
Gareth had two sittings with His Royal Highness and the portrait took 10 months to complete.
This month, Nicky Philipps’s latest portrait of HM The Queen has gone on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty’s official royal residence in Scotland.
Nicky Philipps was commissioned through Fine Art Commissions to paint HM The Queen Elizabeth II for a third time, earlier this year, by The Royal Collection for Her Majesty’s official royal residence in Scotland. Reference material gathered from previous sittings with The Queen was used.
This portrait, in oil, shows The Queen wearing the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Thistle, offset against a dramatic background which features the Salisbury Crags, a series of cliffs in Holyrood Park. The background was chosen by Nicky after a visit to Holyrood at dusk. The Order of the Thistle is the highest order of chivalry in Scotland and Her Majesty is Sovereign of the Order.
For more information on portrait artist Nicky Philipps, as featured in Country Life above, please click here.
Come and see us at Stand 79 from Monday 29th October until Sunday 5th November 2018 where we will have a wonderful selection of portraits and sculpture by our artists, on display.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to be sent complimentary tickets to the Private View on Monday 29th October or for general tickets for the week.
In true Berry Bros & Rudd form, Fine Art Commissions was treated to a wonderful and delicious evening at Berry Bros HQ for the unveiling of Simon Berry’s portrait by Jamie Coreth. The portrait sees Mr Berry painted at work, in front of one of the building’s beautiful antique fireplaces, to commemorate his work and achievement, as he steps down as Chairman after 40 years at the company.
Tim’s exhibition "Highlands to the Himalayas" opened on the 10th October with a brilliant private view and much praise for his beautiful collection of landscape paintings from his travels, both in the Far East and in the highlands of Scotland. Exhibition runs until October 24th 2018. A full list of the works can be seen here.
Worcester College Magazine
After being commissioned by Worcester College, Oxford, to paint HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah, Rosalie saw her brilliant portrait unveiled earlier in 2018 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. This piece, taken from Worcester College Magazine, features Rosalie talking to the College about the portrait process.
28TH JULY 2018
Nicky Philipps’s oil sketches of TRH Prince William and Prince Harry have been exhibited publicly for the first time at Buckingham Palace to celebrate HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday. The sketches are part of Prince Charles’ private collection and were painted by Nicky in preparation for her portrait of the two princes in 2009, which now hangs at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition opened on 21st July 2018 and runs to 30th September 2018.
9TH MAY 2018
We are delighted for Jamie Coreth whose incredible portrait of a sculptor and friend of his, Jacko, entitled ‘Broken Bodies’ has been selected for the BP Portrait Award show at the National Portrait Gallery this summer. The painting will be on display from 14th June 2018 until 23rd September 2018.
23RD MARCH 2018
Kate Nesbitt is the first female member of the Royal Navy to have been awarded Military Cross for her extraordinary display of bravery when she ran to the aid of a soldier from 1st Bn The Rifles who had been shot in the neck during a gun battle with the Taliban in Helmand in 2009.
Nick’s portrait captures this poignant moment in time which will now hang at the naval base in Cornwall and will serve to inspire new recruits.
16TH FEBRUARY 2018
BBC World News
Nick Bashall’s portrait of HRH Princess Anne and Nicky Philipps' portrait of HM The Queen were featured on BBC World News, as shown above.
Sara Stewart, founder of Fine Art Commissions was interviewed about commissioning portraits during the daily “Talking Business” hour. Aaron Heslehurst asked Sara about the relevance of portraiture today, giving Sara the opportunity to highlight the importance of commissioning a portrait, not just as a wise investment but also for the enjoyment of future generations.
6TH DECEMBER 2017
Nicky Philipps exhibition featured as an Unmissable Event in this week’s issue of Country Life.
The London Magazine: By Royal Appointment
The July issue of The London Magazine, features a brilliant interview with Nicky Philipps.
30TH JUNE 2017
Fine Art Commissions is heading to Wales for the month of July for “Fresh Paint”, a selling exhibition and painting competition held at Picton Castle, the family home to Nicky Philipps.
The winning paintings and additional works, chosen by Sara Stewart, will be exhibited at our St. James’s gallery between 3rd and 18th August 2017.
For more information regarding the works for sale please see:
Picton Castle Studios, Blaen-Nor, Henllan Amgoed, SA34 OSE.
The gallery will be open daily between 10am and 5pm.
London: Lulu 020 7839 2792
Wales: Elaine 01994 448 600
31ST MARCH 2017
Delighted to see Rosalie Watkins's portrait of Professor Aditi Lahiri in the Daily Telegraph today. Rosalie's comments on the portrait:
It is always special to have a small window in to someone's life for the period of painting them, and it was a real privilege to spend time with Aditi, and see her world.
I visited her a few times before deciding on a composition, and in the end went for something quite simple and stripped back, with just the graphic marks running through the background to reference the structural nature of her subject, linguistics.
She has spent time in various academic institutions worldwide, and it seems that her dedication and love for her subject defines her more than the locations that her work takes her to, so that also tied in with an unspecific background. The painting is oil on canvas, and 100 x 90 cm.