By: Integrated Art Group
Waterswept is a commissioned mixed media work by artist Barbara Westfall soon to be installed in the Northwestern Mutual Van Buren Building, Milwaukee, WI.Have you ever wanted to commission a work of art? That is, hire and pay an artist to create a piece that you, the buyer, dictates?
We have all heard of great art commissions; unique one-of-a-kind works that cannot be easily replicated. History is filled with all sorts of commissioned artworks, ranging from large scale public commissions to small scale private commissions. Think Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling creation commissioned by Pope Julius II versus Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa commissioned by her husband, Francesco del Giocondo.
Large or small, expensive or affordable – you can commission a piece to fit your specifications’. Here are some facts pertaining to commissioned artwork and how to get started:
A commission is typically set up by private individuals, by the government or by businesses. From concept to completion, the client and artist work together to bring an idea to reality.
Here at Integrated Art Group, we have the glorious opportunity to work with businesses, to hear what they want, and then find an artist that may be able to create a piece that is unique to the situation. We have found that the pieces that various healthcare and corporate facilities yearn for are often site-specific and so directly related to the facility that finding an already made piece would be a disservice to the space.
First things first:
- Find a place you intend to put the piece of artwork so you can have an idea what size and colors you might be interested in pursuing.
- Next, decide what it is you want to commission. What subject are you interested in? What kind of atmosphere do you hope to create? Give the artist details in terms of medium, style. Perhaps supply photos of other works that you like. Peruse artists; figure out what styles you like.
- What is your budget? Is there a set amount you plan on investing?
- Do you have a deadline?
- Review sketches supplied by artist(s) that you have contacted.
- Approve a design.
- Have the commission delivered and/or installed.
Commissioning a work of art can be a tough and tedious process. Although I have never personally commissioned a piece, I do believe the results make the process worthwhile. Here at Integrated Art Group, we work as the intermediary, showing a client the limitless possibilities of what a commissioned piece could be. That’s the best and most terrifying part. It’s up to you to decide what the work will be. You decide how much freedom the artist has and how much you want to dictate. This is a piece made specifically for you and the space you choose to display it in whether it be in your home, a clinic or workplace.