By Drewfus Gates
Portraiture, the time-honoured way of preserving the memory of someone who is loved or respected, has in recent times enjoyed something of a comeback.The portrait, because it conveys the observations of a skilled artist of his/her sitter over time, integrates many subtle movements and mood shifts and captures something of the depth or spirit of a person, not just the physical surface,in a way that the instantaneous click of a camera never can.
For an artist portraiture is scary and challenging but very rewarding. One of the greatest thrills is the moment when the portrait suddenly transcends blobs of paint and "becomes alive".
For the sitter, once over the initial few minutes of feeling posed and stared at, sitting becomes quite enjoyable with opportunities to chat, listen to music or simply having a chance to relax. I always spend quite some time getting to know my sitter before deciding on the pose, lighting, and background etc..
Most of my portraits are done in my studio and take 3-5 sittings of about 3 hours, painting from life. This work is only the "tip of the iceberg" as much more "fine tuning" remains to be done, especially in the background. On a few occasions I have been commissioned to paint deceased persons from photographic sources (by necessity!), although I much prefer to paint from life.
I believe I have been able to paint honest portraits that are good likenesses and yet have been able to find and convey something of the inner beauty of each person I have painted.
Portrait Fee Schedule
Oils (life size)
Canvas Size (not including frame)
|Size HxW||Type||Price inc gst|
|60cmx50 cm||Head & Shoulders||$3, 600|
|75cmx60cm||Head Torso Hands||$5, 600|
|120cmx90cm||Full Body Seated||$13, 500|
ALL ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE APPROPRIATE, TOP QUALITY FRAMING, DELIVERY OF PORTRAIT AND UNVEILING AND SPEECH BY ARTIST IF REQUIRED.
Small unframed studies of children 30cmx25cm $600 inc. gst
Watercolour and pastel portraits are also available.
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