We make it easy to commission any type of Art from a Pet Portrait to a large Mural for your home, for Corporate branding purposes to Public Art Commissions.
You can commission Pastel Portrait painting from £55 from a talented artist studying at the University of the Arts London, an Animal Portrait (oil on canvas board) from just £89 from an award winning artist, commission a Graffiti Artist for around £200 per day or commission a well-established artist between £600 - £12K to large Public Art Commissions.
We can arrange art commissions by photo or sittings by a local artist for the best possible experience.
We make sure commissions are always a smooth special process, that's safe and easy to implement. Our Code of Conduct, Commissioning Contracts and Dispute Resolutions Service ensures everything is in place to help keep things going according to plan.
Uniquely, we are also a Social Enterprise who returns 51% of our profits into supporting good causes.
If you haven't already tried, view our registered makers portfolios from a wide variety of makers.
We take a unique approach to help you to commission any type of artwork you require for individuals to public art commissions.
We don't just work with a limited few artists, once we understand your needs we will collaborate with you and the best artists available either locally, nationally or internationally and in your budget range.
Typical works include:
Abstract Art - Send us a picture of the room the works are for and we can commission something that works beautifully in that room.
Digital - Digital works include any commercial illustrations, video, 3D holograms or digital art.
Graffiti/Mural - If you want to make a big impact in your office or home, a graffiti or mural will make a big impact.
Pencil Drawings - A pencil drawing can create a powerful effect and is extremely affordable.
Portraits - Let us help you to create a unique lasting memory for any occasion of friends, family or your pets. Any type of work from portraits from photos to sittings with a local artist.
Reproductions - Create a copy or a similar handmade oil painting reproduction of any famous artist.
Sculpture Commissions - From large scale public art sculptures to a small bronze sculpture of your favourite pet.
We offer a far larger scope of work and are more competitive than a gallery. We want to help make art commissions affordable to all. As a social enterprise, half our profits go back into supporting good causes and the environment.
Choosing the right medium for a painting
So you are considering commissioning a painting, congratulations on being courageous and creating something unique, remember the world is your oyster. So where do you start?
We are here to make the entire process simple, pleasurable and help you to achieve your expectations.
Being an artist myself with a passion for abstract oil painting, I have over 30 years’ experience in painting unique works. I have also commissioned several works for myself and have a lot of project management experience especially around using best practice to greatly increase the chance of over achieving on our client's expectations.
Let's get started by explaining the different mediums you can choose from:
Advantages: Oil paint takes time, it’s about blending colours and having more time to make changes. Oils give you a real rich depth of colour that’s hard to replicate using any other medium that will last for centuries.
Oils are default medium for most of the great master painters, it’s commonly used to produce details and works well in traditional styles to my favourite in abstraction.
Disadvantages: Some oil mediums use toxic solvents to extend the life of oils therefore you may wish to consider using only non-toxic mediums.
Oil paint takes a very long time to cure, if at all. For me that’s part of its appeal as it’s always evolving. This does mean you need to take extra care when shipping and oil paints.
For some styles especially in abstraction when using very thick layers of oil paint, layering colours can take many weeks and can lead to cracking. Oil paint also tends to yellow over time especially for lighter colours.
Advantages: Acrylic paints are a water based cheap, non-toxic and fast drying although its possible to use slow-drying acrylics.
Many artists use acrylics as its a speedy process, great for layering and should actually last as long as oil paints. Acrylics are also more versatile than Oils with many different effects possible including acrylics that strongly resemble oil paints.
Unlike oil paints, when used correctly acrylics won’t crack or yellow there are many compelling reasons to use acrylic paints.
Disadvantages: Although acrylic paints don’t contain any toxins they can contain ammonia therefore good ventilation should be used when painting in acrylics.
Painting with Watercolour:
Advantages: Watercolour has a magical reflective transparency due to the water-soluble pigments in the paint. A series of transparent washes creates layers that give a unique glow to any painting that’s hard to achieve using other mediums.
Disadvantages: Watercolours are a delicate medium that needs protection, glass framing will protect the painting and is highly recommended.
Advantages: Although pastels are often referred to as paintings they are actually drawings. It’s a simple and effective medium that can produce some striking results with a rich sheen effect. Pastels are often used when out and about without any issues around drying times.
Disadvantages: Pastels are a delicate medium that will require protection via glass framing. We would not recommend using alternative protections like sprays as they are likely to spoil the effect of pastels.
Mixed Media Paintings
Advantages: There are no limits to mediums and materials you can use to create a striking contemporary appearance for any works you are after.
Disadvantages: When using non-fine art materials the major disadvantage is the temporal nature of some of the materials. Although its possible to use protection to reduce the effects of UV, air and atmospheric conditions such as sealing and UV glass framing these types are works generally have a shorter life expectancy than others.
Another consideration is the medium to long term effects of different materials with each other as well as there being a greater disparity with consistency between a previous work and the desired outcome of a new commission.