Commissioning

In addition to the work he exhibits for sale, Andy also undertakes private commissions.  These have generally been of clients’ houses and gardens, or of particular places or scenes that may have been important to them.  Notes about the commissioning procedure and scale of charges are set out below.

If you are interested in this and wish to inquire about availability and prices, please contact him at:

62 High Street,
Gatehouse of Fleet,
Castle Douglas,
Kirkcudbrightshire
DG7 2HP

E-mail:  andrew@andrewmckeanarts.co.uk

Commission Procedure

Initial Interview

This provides an opportunity for the Artist and Client to meet for a preliminary discussion of the client’s proposal, and will usually take place on the client’s home ground.  The artist will need to ascertain the full scope of the commission;  its inspiration and  purpose;  how and where the painting will be displayed;  whether it will be reproduced;  and the timescale.  He will also explain the procedures, charges and conditions for the commission.

Research

Some types of commission may involve initial research by the artist into the subject of the painting, depending on the particular requirements of the client.  The scope of any research work will be agreed beforehand:  if extensive, this will be reflected in the fees and expenses charged.

Photographs and Preliminary Sketches

The artist will then take photographs of the subject, particularly to record lighting conditions, colours and details.  He will use these to prepare preliminary sketches indicating alternative approaches to the design and composition of the painting, such as different viewpoints or foreground features.  Although the photographs and sketches are prepared for discussion with the client, they become part of the artist’s working tools and are normally retained by him.

Presentation of Costed Proposal

The artist will present a detailed proposal, based on the photographs and sketches, and will seek decisions from the client to form the basis for execution of the final painting.  The proposal will be costed on the basis of the scale of charges set out below.

Agreement and Main Conditions of the Commission

Following discussion of the sketches and costed proposal, an Artist’s Agreement to deliver the painting, summarising the main terms of the commission, will be submitted to the client.  The agreement will specify the chosen sketch design, the size and orientation of the final painting, the agreed delivery date, any requirements for reproduction, whether the painting is to be mounted and framed, and the cost.  The agreement will also explain that the artist retains full copyright.  The artist will commence work on the final painting following receipt of an advance, normally 25% of the full fee.

Execution and Delivery of the Painting

During the actual painting process, the client will be afforded an opportunity to view progress at least once.  The client will also be consulted about any mounting/framing requirements.  On completion, the painting will normally be delivered to the client in person.  Once the client has agreed to accept the final painting, ownership will be conveyed by the artist, in writing, upon receipt of the remainder of the fee.

Scale of Charges

The fee for the commissioned work is based upon the area of the painted surface.  This varies according to the size of the painting.  For example:

for a painting 70 x 50cm, 25 pence per sq cm, giving a basic price of £875;

for a painting 50 x 40 cm, 30 pence per sq cm, giving a basic price of  £600;

for a painting 36 x 28 cm, 40 pence per sq cm, giving a basic price of  £400;

for a painting 25 x 20 cm, 55 pence per sq cm, giving a basic price of  £275.

These rates apply to the unframed final painting alone and exclude reproduction or copyright.  Mounting and framing are charged as an extra (typically around £75, depending on size and choice of mount and frame).

Travel costs beyond a 10 mile radius of the artist’s studio are also charged separately:  this would apply to any research or site visits as well as to meetings with the client.

Prints or greetings cards of the painting can be supplied, either as part of the commission or at a later date.

A digital image, usually on a CD, can also be supplied to enable clients to obtain their own prints, but this would be subject to separate agreement, as it would involve conveyance of reproduction rights.

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