About Commissioning Artworks
Sometimes you love and appreciate an artist’s body of work, but want an artwork customized to your fit your decor colors and style, or most often, the perfect size for a specific spot in your home or office. We have successfully worked with many collectors and artists to help define and execute their unique vision in a commissioned piece. One of our favorite collectors has commissioned artwork by New York based artist Iris Scott, for each room in her house, and the process was exhilarating! We worked with the collector’s decorator, brought sample artwork to her home, and superimposed renderings of artwork on photos of her wall spaces, until we reached the perfect outcome for the collector. Our staff facilitates all communications between busy collectors and artists, resulting in a relaxed and FUN experience for all. The following FAQs give you an overview of the process. Email us at [email protected] or call 619-354-5969 for more information – and get started!
Q. What does it cost to commission an artwork?
Generally, commissioned pieces are priced slightly higher than comparable pieces in the artist’s portfolio, because of the additional time and effort to consult with all parties, and create a very specific work. There are no surprises and the contract or invoice spells out the details very clearly.
Q. Why should I work with the gallery team to commission an artwork?
Adelman Fine Art maintains excellent relationships with both our artists and our collectors, and we have a proven track record of assisting in the translation of a client’s vision to the artist. Oftentimes, it helps to have an attentive third party involved, especially when lofty ideas and reality collide. The Gallery Director can help smooth over expectations, and facilitate agreement between all parties. Working with artists and collectors, in collaboration, is a significant part of the valuable partnership we have with our represented artists.
Q. How long does it take to commission an artwork?
The time varies, depending on the size, medium (oil takes more time to dry), the details of the piece, and the artist’s own schedule. Typically you should count on 4 – 12 weeks for completion, however it may be longer depending on the artist’a schedule.
Q. How is payment handled for a commissioned artwork?
Generally, artists require a 50% non-refundable deposit before they begin the work, and the Gallery handles all of the transaction details. The remaining balance is due upon delivery of the piece to your residence or business. Adelman Fine Art is pleased to offer complimentary home delivery and installation in the local San Diego area.
Q. Will the artist work from my photograph?
In most cases – yes, however artists may determine their own reference material for the creative design of any commissioned work. You will always be involved in the development of the idea and you will have the opportunity to approve sketches and the direction of the final artwork. In some cases, where possible, the artist may conduct an in person photo shoot.
Q. Will the artist duplicate an existing piece of their portfolio?
Yes to some extent, however keep in mind that artists desire to maintain the integrity of the unique quality of each original piece they create. When dealing with original artworks, there are never EXACT duplicates, however an artist may mirror the concept, colors and subject matter of a similar artwork.
Q. May I visit with the artist to meet and discuss ideas?
YES! If you and the artist both live in the San Diego area, you can meet privately at the gallery as many times as necessary, or in many cases at the artist’s studio. If you and the artist do not both live in the San Diego area we will facilitate a video chat. If the commission is significant it may be possible to meet with the artist even if you are not both in the same locale.
Contact us with your questions. Dream big and get the #ArtYouEnjoy!