A Unique Commission for a Private Collector

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015

Commissions are always an interesting business proposition for an artist.

Being asked to paint fifteen commissioned pieces for a private home here in Cleveland was a once-in-a-lifetime assignment. That’s what happened in the late spring and summer of 2014.

Having recently sold a collection of hunting prints, the client had been looking for something new for his great room, hallway, dining room and upstairs balcony, which were all now blank. While visiting The Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland the Monday after the opening of a group landscape show, he came across my work.

His love of the outdoors made a connection with my abstract monochromes.

The planning process took place in June, with meetings to discuss and review the subject matter, size options and placement of the new pieces. Once all the elements were approved, the paintings were started and completed in July and August. The Bonfoey Gallery float-frame each piece and installed all fifteen paintings in September.

All the pieces were painted on synthetic panels with a protective coating of archival matte varnish. The float-framed format gave the formal interior spaces a contemporary look. The number of pieces also created a gallery feeling that was very natural and inviting.

The planning process worked to the benefit of everyone involved.

 

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