Commissioning an artwork

Commissioned paintings often form a large part of a professional artist’s work. The process goes back many hundreds of years when wealthy art patrons would commission recognised artists to produce artworks of a religious or political nature, often incorporating the client’s portrait or possessions in a larger than life portrayal.

Today, the process is similar although the subject matter is generally more informal and broader in its scope. The steps in commissioning a painting are flexible but generally have the following steps:

A. The client briefs the artist on general requirements such as subject matter, size, price range, framing and completion date.
B. The artist gathers necessary reference material, ie. photographs, sketches, background history (where applicable), and, if required, produces a rough sketch of the proposed artwork.
C. A second meeting between the client and the artist will generally result in work commencing on the final painting.
D. The final work will be inspected and approved by the client before framing and dispatch. Final payment is normally made at this point.

The entire process is one of creative collaboration and friendships are often formed between the artist and the client as a result.