Owning a work of art is a pleasurable, enjoyable experience. You may have previously purchased sculpture or have been unsuccessful in finding that right piece. If so, why not commission a work direct from an artist?
Commissioning an artist to produce a work of art can be highly rewarding for both parties. The work is personal and unique, it will be specifically produced for you and your requirements. Each commission will vary slightly in the steps taken from conception through to completion, as each commissioner, artist, situation and circumstance is unique. Stephen’s process outlined is in six easy stages.
Firstly, it helps if you know what you might like. Stephen can ask questions and explore creative avenues but it helps to have something in mind and if that includes a location within your garden this helps too.
From initial contact, Stephen will advise you on ideas and provide sketches and a small scale model (maquette) if required. Discussions cover size, scale and placement together with timescales and budgets.
Most bronze castings are produced to a limited edition of 9, after that the mould is destroyed guaranteeing you a very special piece indeed! You have every opportunity to see the work in progress including the casting at the bronze foundry, it’s always a fascinating and rewarding process that adds to your commissioning experience. You can also be there at the installation or wait and create your own unveiling, maybe as a surprise for a partner. This whole process is about partnership and creativity, you choose your involvement to suit you and will lead to a special and memorable occasion – as it should be.
SIX EASY STEPS TO COMMISSION SCULPTURE
The first step is to be clear in what you want to achieve. Whether it be a central garden sculpture or an interior design piece.
Based on your initial thoughts, Stephen will meet with you and explore new ways to exceed your expectations.
Finding the right location for your new arrival is crucial to your experience and enjoyment of it. The space around the sculpture is as important as the piece itself.
Depending on location, the scale of the piece can be sized accordingly base on the proportions of the small model (maquette) produced.
From the original sculpture, silicone moulds are made and the ‘lost wax casting process’ is used. A colour (patina) is applied to suit the piece and agreed with you, the customer.
The delivery and installation is all taken care of to ensure the safety and permanence of the piece. And of course, your satisfaction!