Fine Art Commissions

Fine Art Commissions Since 1997, Fine Art Commissions has established itself as Europe’s Leading Portrait Agency, providing unrivalled professional guidance to clients looking to commission portraits and other bespoke works of art.
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Fine Art Commissions represents over forty artists of both established and up and coming names. Each artist has been chosen for their individual and consistent style and their dedication to producing the portrait the client envisaged.

Fine Art Commissions represents over forty artists of both established and up and coming names. Each artist has been chosen for their individual and consistent style and their dedication to producing the portrait the client envisaged.

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This weeks weather forecast pretty much sums up the UK, especially around bank holidays! Swipe left for @fineartcommissi...
31/03/2021

This weeks weather forecast pretty much sums up the UK, especially around bank holidays! Swipe left for @fineartcommissions’ weather report in works of art.... #weather #fineart #sunshine #rain #bankholiday #fineartcommissions #artistsoninstagram

2. Olafur Eliasson – The Weather Project (2003)
3. Vincent Van Gogh - Rain (1889)
4. John Constable - Clouds (1822)
5. Utagawa Hiroshige - Evening Snow at Kanbara, from the series “Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (c1833-1834)

Picture of the month. This month Associate Director of @fineartcommissions Sam Parker Bowles talks about Sacrifice of Is...
01/03/2021

Picture of the month. This month Associate Director of @fineartcommissions Sam Parker Bowles talks about Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio

When I was fifteen, I decided that I would like to study History of Art for A-Level. Without a moment's hesitation, my mother whisked me off to Florence for a guided tour of the city, which was possibly not how I had hoped to spend my half term holidays at that age! Regrettably, I didnt fully appreciate the wonder and splendour of this beautiful city at the time and the Botticellis and the frescos blurred into one in my ungrateful teenage mind. However, one artwork really stood out and grabbed me upon first sighting and that was Caravaggio's 'Sacrifice of Isaac' (1603).

The painting illustrates the passage of the Old Testament in which God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Caravaggio faithfully depicts the crucial moment of the dramatic story, when Abraham, at the very moment in which he is about to sacrifice Isaac, is blocked by an angel sent by the Lord.

For me, it is the combination of the beautifully detailed realism, the sense of drama and movement in the painting and, a word I learnt that day - chiaroscuro (the strong contrast between light and dark). Here, the light falls on the back and shoulders of the angel, on Abraham’s orange robe, his head and wrinkled brow, and really highlights Isaac's anguished face. Even the ram is bathed in a soft, but lesser light. In the background, a gentle glow diffuses over the backdrop, symbolising the light of divine grace coming through the murkiness of the middle ground. The contrasts between dark and shade really highlight the action and add to the sense of drama.

For me, this painting has it all. It’s a masterpiece of renaissance art. #renaissance #portrait #artistsoninstagram #drama #chirascuro

Picture of the month. This month Associate Director of @fineartcommissions Sam Parker Bowles talks about Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio

When I was fifteen, I decided that I would like to study History of Art for A-Level. Without a moment's hesitation, my mother whisked me off to Florence for a guided tour of the city, which was possibly not how I had hoped to spend my half term holidays at that age! Regrettably, I didnt fully appreciate the wonder and splendour of this beautiful city at the time and the Botticellis and the frescos blurred into one in my ungrateful teenage mind. However, one artwork really stood out and grabbed me upon first sighting and that was Caravaggio's 'Sacrifice of Isaac' (1603).

The painting illustrates the passage of the Old Testament in which God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Caravaggio faithfully depicts the crucial moment of the dramatic story, when Abraham, at the very moment in which he is about to sacrifice Isaac, is blocked by an angel sent by the Lord.

For me, it is the combination of the beautifully detailed realism, the sense of drama and movement in the painting and, a word I learnt that day - chiaroscuro (the strong contrast between light and dark). Here, the light falls on the back and shoulders of the angel, on Abraham’s orange robe, his head and wrinkled brow, and really highlights Isaac's anguished face. Even the ram is bathed in a soft, but lesser light. In the background, a gentle glow diffuses over the backdrop, symbolising the light of divine grace coming through the murkiness of the middle ground. The contrasts between dark and shade really highlight the action and add to the sense of drama.

For me, this painting has it all. It’s a masterpiece of renaissance art. #renaissance #portrait #artistsoninstagram #drama #chirascuro

Artist Edvard Munch wrote mysterious graffiti on his painting of The Scream, infrared scans have shown. For a century th...
22/02/2021

Artist Edvard Munch wrote mysterious graffiti on his painting of The Scream, infrared scans have shown. For a century the graffiti was thought to have been the scream of a critic offended by Edvard Munch’s art, but a conservation project has confirmed that Munch scrawled “can only have been painted by a madman” in pencil on his most famous painting. Infrared scanning of the first painted version of the artwork has drawn a match between the tiny lettering and documents written by the Norwegian artist.

Mai Britt Guleng, a curator at the National Museum of Norway began investigating the inscription-first discovered in 1904-and, after consulting with colleagues, deduced it was the work of the master

“It’s a combination of being ironic, but also showing his vulnerability,” said Guleng. “He is actually taking this very seriously and he is hurt because there is a history of illness in his family, and he was very anxious, but he showed himself be marked by it. I would prefer to call it an inscription and not graffiti now”

The museum’s version, which is one of four, was painted in 1893 and exhibited in Oslo two years later.

The original painting, first displayed in Munch's home city Oslo (then Kristiania) in 1893, has become a radical and timeless expression of human anxiety. Its influence stretches as far as the 90s Hollywood Scream horror film series, and on to the modern-day emoji 😱 #munch #artistsofinstagram #restoration #edvardmunch #hiddenmessage #portraiture

Artist Edvard Munch wrote mysterious graffiti on his painting of The Scream, infrared scans have shown. For a century the graffiti was thought to have been the scream of a critic offended by Edvard Munch’s art, but a conservation project has confirmed that Munch scrawled “can only have been painted by a madman” in pencil on his most famous painting. Infrared scanning of the first painted version of the artwork has drawn a match between the tiny lettering and documents written by the Norwegian artist.

Mai Britt Guleng, a curator at the National Museum of Norway began investigating the inscription-first discovered in 1904-and, after consulting with colleagues, deduced it was the work of the master

“It’s a combination of being ironic, but also showing his vulnerability,” said Guleng. “He is actually taking this very seriously and he is hurt because there is a history of illness in his family, and he was very anxious, but he showed himself be marked by it. I would prefer to call it an inscription and not graffiti now”

The museum’s version, which is one of four, was painted in 1893 and exhibited in Oslo two years later.

The original painting, first displayed in Munch's home city Oslo (then Kristiania) in 1893, has become a radical and timeless expression of human anxiety. Its influence stretches as far as the 90s Hollywood Scream horror film series, and on to the modern-day emoji 😱 #munch #artistsofinstagram #restoration #edvardmunch #hiddenmessage #portraiture

The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of S...
14/02/2021

The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269. The day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished, apparently by association with the "lovebirds" of early spring. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

Show your love to your Valentine with a beautiful flower print by @nickyphilipps

#flowers #valentines #love #art #artistsoninstagram #fineartcommissions #romance

The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269. The day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished, apparently by association with the "lovebirds" of early spring. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

Show your love to your Valentine with a beautiful flower print by @nickyphilipps

#flowers #valentines #love #art #artistsoninstagram #fineartcommissions #romance

Picture of the month. Each week @fineartcommissions will be posting a picture chosen by an artist or a member of the gal...
01/02/2021

Picture of the month.

Each week @fineartcommissions will be posting a picture chosen by an artist or a member of the gallery team with a brief description of why said artwork means something to them.

First up, for February, we have @nickbashall.artist who has chosen ‘The ex*****on of Lady Grey’ by Paul Delaroche.

Nick says “I love the fact that a painter was able to capture the drama, emotion and historical significance nearly 300 years after the event, i.e History painting at its best. It was painted in 1833 and she was executed in 1554. Lady Jane Grey was queen for something like 10 days. It was part of a scheme by an ambitious courtier to marry his son, Lord Dudley, to royalty which backfired on the son wife, Jane.”

Image: Paul Delaroche, The Ex*****on of Lady Jane Grey (1833) ©️The National Gallery, London

#pictureofthemonth #oilpainting #historypainting #portrait #artistsoninstagram

We always love it when clients send us photographs of their portraits in situ, especially when the delightful models pos...
27/01/2021

We always love it when clients send us photographs of their portraits in situ, especially when the delightful models pose with them as well 👧🏼👩🏼

This was a commission we arranged for a milestone birthday of the girls’ father.

Portraits make fantastic and original presents that will be cherished by many generations.

Please do get in touch if you are planning that perfect present.

We can help with finding the artist, arrange the sittings and advise on the framing and logistics

#childportraits #personalisedgifts #portrait #gift #birthday #fineartcommissions #oilpainting

Home schooling in the late 1880s looks a lot more enjoyable than printed work sheets and noisy google meets! Happy 165th...
12/01/2021

Home schooling in the late 1880s looks a lot more enjoyable than printed work sheets and noisy google meets! Happy 165th Birthday to John Singer Sargent (image “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” 1885–6 ©️Tate) #portraiture #childportraits #childrenportrait #flowers #homeschooling #artistsoninstagram #sargent #fineartcommissions

On this day in 2010 @nationalportraitgallery unveiled this painting of TRH Princes William and Harry by celebrated portr...
06/01/2021

On this day in 2010 @nationalportraitgallery unveiled this painting of TRH Princes William and Harry by celebrated portrait artist @nickyphilipps. It is the first official oil portrait of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Both men are shown wearing regimental dress uniform and are depicted "in conversation" - an imagined moment just before they leave Clarence House to take part in the 2008 Trooping the Colour ceremony.

#royalportrait #portraiture #princes #brothers #commissionedportrait #artistsoninstagram #royal #portrait #fineartcommissions

Need that last minute Christmas present? We have a lovely selection of works for sale, including paintings by 👉1 @nickyp...
17/12/2020

Need that last minute Christmas present? We have a lovely selection of works for sale, including paintings by 👉1 @nickyphilipps 👉2 @jrcoreth 👉3 Susie Philipps 👉4 @nickyphilipps. Visit our website for all our works for sale. Happy shopping and happy Christmas. #christmas #shoplocal #shopsmall #shopsmallbusiness #shopindependent #portrait #commission #gallery #stilllife #fineart

As ‘tis the season, our current window portrait is of Alan Rickman, star of two of the most popular Christmas movies of ...
14/12/2020

As ‘tis the season, our current window portrait is of Alan Rickman, star of two of the most popular Christmas movies of all time Love Actually and Die Hard. If only he had been in Elf, he would have won the tinsel trifecta! #christmas #christmasmovies #alanrickman #portrait #portraiture #commission #actor #hohoho #loveisallaround #yippeekiyay #fineartcommissions

RIP to the ever cheery and much loved Barbara Windsor. Best known for her roles in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitch...
11/12/2020

RIP to the ever cheery and much loved Barbara Windsor. Best known for her roles in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders, Dame Barbara was a true British icon who will be sorely missed.
Portrait by @felicitygillartist

With only two weeks left, the Christmas countdown has certainly begun... Let’s all forget about the horrors of 2020 and ...
11/12/2020

With only two weeks left, the Christmas countdown has certainly begun... Let’s all forget about the horrors of 2020 and try to have the merriest, and safest, of christmases we can.
Still looking for that unique present? Why not commission a portrait of a loved one. Or a family member 🥁. Gift vouchers are available. Please contact us with enquires.
❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚❤️
#potrait #portraiture #christmas #presents #giftideas #unique #original

@fineartcommissions had a wonderful visit to the studio of Susie Philipps today, getting to see a lovely selection of he...
10/12/2020

@fineartcommissions had a wonderful visit to the studio of Susie Philipps today, getting to see a lovely selection of her still life paintings and chatting with her about her life and artistic career.

Susie trained at Chelsea School of Art before putting her painting career on hold to bring up her children. After a twenty-five year break she began painting again and her first solo exhibition in Wiltshire was an enormous success.

Susie’s paintings show a true appreciation of form, colour and light, which make her pictures totally accurate without appearing too laboured. She enjoys an enviable following and her pictures can be found in collections across the country.

To see some of her works for sale, please visit the link in our bio. More works to follow....

#artistsofinstagram #stilllifepainting #stilllife #studio #painting

Lockdown 2 is now over,  thank goodness, so there will be no zoom sessions for the rest of the year. However, the four w...
08/12/2020

Lockdown 2 is now over, thank goodness, so there will be no zoom sessions for the rest of the year. However, the four we hosted with @nickbashall.artist and @nickyphilipps are all available to (re) watch on our website. Link in bio. As you see from the comments 👉 they were very popular!
#masterclass #artistsofinstagram #portrait #portraiture #fineart #stilllife #painting #charcoaldrawing

After a lengthy, Covid induced delay, the eagerly anticipated exhibition Artemisia finally opened the National Gallery o...
07/12/2020

After a lengthy, Covid induced delay, the eagerly anticipated exhibition Artemisia finally opened the National Gallery on 3 October (instead of 4 April) and @fineartcommissions have just been to see it. It was well worth the wait.

In this first major exhibition of Artemisia’s work in the UK, we get to see the ways that she challenged conventions by painting subjects that were traditionally the preserve of male artists and for the male gaze, and she defied expectations to become a successful artist and one of the greatest storytellers of her time (1593 – c. 1656)

The exhibition of 30 works is presented in chronological order and by geographic origin, moving from Rome to Florence, Naples, Venice and London – giving the works dramatic space (and the viewer social distance!)

For the first time, the two versions of Judith beheading Holofernes are hung side by side (image one). Although very gory, these are Artemisia’s most often-reproduced works and have frequently been compared to Caravaggio’s representation of the same subject. The influence by him on Artemisia is very apparent with her use of cinematic light and dramatic scenes.

We also get to see the wonderful Susanna and the Elders (image two) – painted when Artemisia was only 16 years old as well as some lovely self portraits, including Self portrait as a female martyr, 1613-14 (image three) and The Right Hand of Artemisia Gentileschi Holding a Brush, 1625 (image four), as well as portraits of heroines from history and the Bible, and recently discovered personal letters, seen in the UK for the first time.

In 1649, Artemisia wrote to the Sicilian politician and collector Don Antonio Ruffo claiming, defiantly: “I will show Your Illustrious Lordship what a woman can do.” Well, in this exhibition, she has really has.

Not to be missed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

@nationalgallery until 24 January 2021

#exhibition #nationalgallery #artemisiagentileschi #portrait #portraiture #womeninart #blockbuster #london

Many thanks to @nickyphilipps for an excellent, fascinating and amazing masterclass in still life painting. From learnin...
24/11/2020

Many thanks to @nickyphilipps for an excellent, fascinating and amazing masterclass in still life painting. From learning to how to set up your subject, to priming your canvas, to which types of brushes are best and to importance of going from dark to light, it was a real insight into the talents and skills of such a remarkable artist. #stilllife #compostion #commission #artistsofinstagram #nickyphilipps #oilpainting

With two of our @zoom episodes with @nickbashall.artist and @nickbashall.artist completed, we have been getting some gre...
23/11/2020

With two of our @zoom episodes with @nickbashall.artist and @nickbashall.artist completed, we have been getting some great feedback from our audience. Swipe through to see just some of our recent reviews.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The next masterclass is on Tuesday at 4pm. @nickyphilipps will be giving a tutorial in working with oils. DONT MISS IT!
#portraiture #stilllife #oilpainting #masterclass #artistsofinstagram #fineart #fineartcommissions #nickyphilipps #mustsee

Here is the result after @nickbashall.artist ‘s one hour live @zoom class today. This is a head study in charcoal of his...
17/11/2020

Here is the result after @nickbashall.artist ‘s one hour live @zoom class today. This is a head study in charcoal of his son Oscar. We think it’s absolutely brilliant. The video of the class will be on our website very soon. Keep an eye on our stories for an update. #charcoal #portrait #hour #masterclass #genius

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