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On completing a post-graduate diploma in Fine and Decorative Arts, I joined the Malcolm Innes Gallery in Chelsea, London. After two years I was made a Director after the Gallery moved to St. James's. I introduced and subsequently organised, contemporary exhibitions before leaving to set up my own company, Fine Art Commissions, in 1997. The agency was established largely because I was often asked by clients when I worked at Malcolm Innes, where they should get their son/wife/daughter painted. The questions were particularly random as more often than not, the client would be staring at a landscape of a Scottish Glen. There was clearly a gap in the market for people who wanted choice and the security of back up during a commission.
After six years I opened the Arndean Gallery in Cork Street. The gallery was used as a weekly space for other art dealers and artists who would rather not rent a permanent gallery. It was extremely useful for Fine Art Commissions as it provided us with an additional exhibition space. In January 2010, The Hay Hill Gallery took over the Lease as I was finding we were spending too much time wrapped up in bookings for Arndean, rather than marketing Fine Art Commissions.
Fine Art Commissions has had a few moves over the years. From an office above the tube line in Walton Street, to a gallery fifty yards up the street, via Bury Street and Duke Street, to our current home at 19 Ryder Street, St James's.
Since 1997 I have met a myriad of fascinating artists and clients, had the greatest fun and I hope, provided many talented people with interesting faces to paint and stories to hear. We have had many adventures along the way, most recently in the U.S. where we took a Stand at The International Art Fair in Palm Beach.
We have benefited from enormous encouragement from literally hundreds of artists and clients over the years and I look forward to working with many more in the years to come.
Managing Director, Fine Art Commissions Ltd, St. James's, London
Chairwoman of Trust, Cowden Castle SCIO, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Charity set up to restore historically important Japanese Garden in Scotland, established in 1908. The first and only Japanese garden to have been planned by a lady landscape designer.
Director, The English Room Ltd, St. James's, London
The English Room was established by Geoffrey Cridland, joint founder of Eximious. In 2015 Sara became principle shareholder of the company, which continues to retail the popular monogrammed clothes covers and luggage synonymous with Eximious as well as an expanded range of products. These are available from the website and in our gallery at 19 Ryder Street, St James’s.
Managing Director, Arndean Gallery Ltd, Cork Street, London
Director, Malcolm Innes Gallery Ltd (London and Edinburgh)
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Sam joined Fine Art Commissions in the summer of 2019 with over 15 years of experience in the art world. Having spent two years as Communications Manager at The National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, he came back to London and worked at the Old Master and Impressionist art dealer, Dickinson, for seven years, where he ran the day to day business of the gallery. Following this he was appointed Head of Logistics at The Fine Art Society on New Bond Street before helping set up an international shipping and logistics company. Having read History of Art at university, Sam brings enormous knowledge, ideas and experience to the role and is a tremendous asset to the Fine Art Commissions team.