Part of an artist's job is to communicate with clients and commissions are sometimes part of this dialogue. Often a client will look at previous work, sometimes done years ago and ask the artist to create a similar work. Or they may ask for a specific image especially created for them by the artist.
This type of commission often requires more input from the artist as it is a work created for an individual who has various themes and ideas in mind. This requires an interaction from the artist with the client to create a work that both are satisfied with. It requires frequent conversations during the progression of the work so the client is pleased that the work is being created within their specifications.
When I receive a commission, I sit with the client to discuss various aspects of what the client has in mind. Always to be discussed is price, budget and size of work. Sometimes the requested work is larger and more complex than the budget allows. The discussion then revolves around how best the work, medium, image will suit their wall space and budget. Being a print-maker there is also the discussion of what happens with the rest of the edition. The client usually chooses the first print, the rest of the edition is then up for sale unless the commission is a 'once off'. The copyright always remains with the artist.
Once the size, medium and price is agreed upon, the discussions furthers to the timeline allowed to create the work. There is sometimes a specific completion date, sometimes none at all. It is then up to the artist complete the work done in good time.
When the work is started, there is a constant dialogue with the client. I devote my time to complete the commission within the desired time. Depending on the detail and size of print, I try to complete the work within two weeks of the first meeting. I send progress images to the client and they are able to talk with me to direct the work to their liking.
Finally when the work is complete, the client comes to the studio to see it in person. It may even be taken directly to the framer, and sent onto the client once full payment has been received.
I find commission work challenging and exciting and enjoy working on an interactive basis with enthusiastic art lovers.
Below are a few completed commissions for you to enjoy.
Do join me at The Cradle Art Fair from Thursday 30 November to Sunday 3 December.
A short description of my work on show:
Moore’s exceptionally detailed and realistic works are depictions of wildlife and the poignant plight of endangered species and his style contains elements of surrealism and traditional naturalism which merge into thoughtful reflections of our age. In his most recent works, the emphasis has shifted to the myths and legends of the San, the people he believes to be ‘the original people’ whose inspirational philosophy and understanding of the environment allows us an appreciation and mutual respect for all things.