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Have you ever commissioned a custom art piece?

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You always see people on Aussie reno shows commissioning artists to make them custom pieces, but is this common practice in the real world?

Have you ever commissioned an art piece for your home or office?

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I have been on the other end, having people commission me ....to paint quite large art for them.

Depends on who you are talking about.
Would the average person have it done...No.

Without being unkind or disrespectful, Art is not something the mainstream person would think about maybe even once a week.
It is what I call a Luxury.

So for people who can afford it, appreciate it, and want it....they fall into the category of asking for an Artist, to do a painting for them.

I have painted for a Judge, a Millionaire,and even a Real Estate Agent, to mention a few.

All loved my kind of painting(contemporary) on canvas.
They tell you what they do not like, and allow you to paint within certain guidelines.

For me...I was very pleased all loved my work.

I make it clear what it is I feel I would like to do, in keeping with their homes.

Art is something people like to invest in, and others just love to look at .

Art is also not something most people can invest in, or may even care about.

It is a personal Luxury.

No I haven't
Yes is the short answer.
My husband studied art at uni and was influenced with cubism and abstract art. About 10 years ago he was commissioned by a work colleague to paint a 1m x 1.5m painting for his colleague's new minimalist style house. He was paid quite well for the painting.

Based on this, whenever I need paintings for my film and tv projects, I will commission my husband to paint abstract style art pieces that will be used as backgrounds and camera angle offshoots. I do pay him for materials and his time and allow for copyright. It could be classed as nepotism on my part however, I know what I'm getting and the price is always appropriate.
No I haven't
by 4com
Yes, I commissioned a friend to paint a picture of a jacaranda tree in Japanese Sumie style for my husband's birthday. She did an amazing job.
No, and, even if I did, I don't think I could put my ideas into words. I once came across a piece of art I absolutely fell in love with. Unfortunately, the asking price at the time was out of my reach. I wish I could get my hands on it now. I will never forget its beauty.
by Vee
Not an art piece, no, though I've commissioned various other custom pieces - jewellery, hand dyed yarn, fascinator, tweed jacket, dresses, garden design....
I've come very close to commissioning a portrait of myself but the artist changed her style just before I did and I wasn't keen on her new direction! It's still on my Bucket List though.
Yes. I have one that is similar to the artist's (Robert Wells) original of his daughter. I had to send him photos of my girls and my river. We now have a record of our annual Maroochy River holidays. I love it.
Not exactly commissioned myself. Several years ago I saw a Melbourne artist painting a beautiful picture using many art forms and just loved it. It was quite expensive so decided to think about it. I got a lovely surprise when my son, who had modelled for this particular artist, bought it as an anniversary present for my husband and I.
Yes - I have a friend who is an artist. As she lives in the Glasshouse Mountains, I had to send her photos of houses that I had lived in (Glenelg SA and Sunbury Vic).
No but I have had a couple of commissions for art myself.
No, I've never commissioned an art piece.
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