Have you ever considered commissioning an artist to create a specific piece for your home of business? This article will describes the process.
Reasons for Commissioning a Piece of Art...
The start of the commission process. photo credit: Suzy McGrane-Hop of Gilded Pear Gallery
What Kind of Art...
Before you hire an artist it is best to come up with a clear idea of what you are looking for, and how you are going to go about the process.
Note: If you are looking for a certain kind of art, it is best to go to an artist who specializes in that medium. For instance, you wouldn't go to a photographer looking for an oil painting. You'll also get better results. It can take an artist many years to refine their technique, the style the artist is currently working in is usually what they do best.
A preliminary collage showing color and proportion.
Choosing an Artist....
There are a lot of ways to find artists. One way is to work with an Art Gallery. This is the easiest way for a beginner to start the process. Visiting and art gallery is a great way for you to see lots of completed art by different artists.
Gallery owners are experts at helping people commission art. If you are unsure of what you are looking for, they can:
Note the photos of the room, wall color, inspiration piece, and preliminary collages.
It is best if you can have the artist to your home or send them photos of how the space appears. On a recent trip to a collector's house, I was able to get a feel for the room by seeing the furniture, fabrics, wall color. An added bonus was I got to see the other art in the space. It is so important to hear what colors are the most important. If you can't meet with the artist in person. Photos of fabrics, and paint swatches can be emailed or mailed.
This is an example of a elevation drawing for a recent commission. You can see the wallpaper and spaces where the art will be installed. drawing courtesy of Trinity Financial Inc. This is the sort of information that would be invaluable to an art gallery.
Most artists like to work with a contract and you should too. This eliminates any questions, concerns, or sadness. I ask for 50% deposit up front, with the remainder due on delivery of the work. Since I'm setting time aside from my other work to do commissions, there is a 30% charge on top of the normal price.
A good contract will include these things:
Digital photo of completed piece in the collector's space. Note: the blue tape. Since I work in collage, I don't do the final gluing until the commission is approved. Taping things is a great way to keep the brushstrokes in place and make changes easily. I remove the tape after the commission is complete. Digital Photo courtesy of Suzy McGrane-Hop of Gilded Pear Gallery.
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