Mall Galleries Blog

Toby Ward talks us through his commissions for St-Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Opera House and Lincoln Cathedral.
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Wed, 2016-11-16 16:40
In this episode of our series of artist talks, Commissioning Conversation, Melissa Scott-Miller talks about painting portraits of Islington houses, the view from the roof of John Lewis and the client who wanted Santa Claus painted into the picture.
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Wed, 2016-11-16 16:26
Fiddler's Hill Nest by Miriam Escofet AssocRP Still Life Commissions
Miriam Escofet AssocRP talks about the Still Lifes she painted using her client's collections of objects Fiddler's Hill Nest The owner of this painting lives in a farm in Wiltshire. He particularly admired one of my previous paintings on the theme of a bird’s nest and wanted something very similar, but very particularly depicting certain eggs and insects from his...
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Mon, 2016-11-14 14:46
Interior with Ceramics by Charles Hardaker RBA Still Life Ceramics Collection Commission
One of our most touching commissions at Mall Galleries was a wedding gift of a highly personal still life painting using the couple’s ceramics collection. The wedding gift had taken the form of a gift voucher contributed to by the couple’s friends and presented by Mall Galleries in a white gift box containing literature on how to begin the process...
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Sat, 2016-11-12 17:26
Mill Farm by Graham Webber ROI House portrait Commissions
For her husband’s birthday, Monica Tudor commissioned a portrait of their Oxfordshire farmhouse, which was soon to go on the market, by artist Graham Webber ROI. Monica wanted the house depicted in spring time but she needed a gift to present to her husband on his birthday in late winter. Mall Galleries sent Monica a commissions gift box announcing the...
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Thu, 2016-11-10 18:39
Let there be Light- St Cuthbert's by Peter Vincent PS
One of our most niche commissions to date was a portrait of a modern 1950s church in North London. The client, the church’s vicar, had seen the 2015 FBA exhibition The Painted Parish' online and was inspired to commission an artist to paint his own place of worship. Mall Galleries art advisors put together a portfolio of possible artists and...
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Thu, 2016-11-10 18:19
The RAC Snow Effect by Ken Howard OBE RA
In 2011, the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) reached it’s centenary year. In commemoration of this, they invited 26 artists to paint the Club’s two stunning premises in Central London and Surrey, culminating in a large exhibition for the Club’s members. The artists were given free reign of the two clubs on a day of their choice and asked to produce...
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Thu, 2016-11-10 17:58
Bantham Beach by Duncan Palmar
Sebastian Seal had come across a painting of Bantham Beach by Duncan Palmar at the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) Annual Exhibition and although the painting had sold, it had struck a chord. Sebastian knew the area well, as he spends the summer holidays with his family windsurfing in the Cornish bay. Mall Galleries offers commissions advice throughout the...
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Thu, 2016-11-10 17:44
We invited Yuki Aruga, Miriam Escofet Assoc RP and Eleanor Watson to speak about the contexts from which some of their favourite commissioned artworks arose.
Posted by Sasha Enticknap on Fri, 2016-03-11 11:20
In October Mall Galleries Art Consultancy held it's first in a series of events about commissioning art. Each event invites artists and Mall Galleries commissions consultants to talk about different stories of commissions they have undertaken or overseen.
Posted by Sasha Enticknap on Mon, 2016-02-15 11:23
How does commissioning work? Why would I commission an artwork in the first place? How much does it cost? How do I choose an artist?
Posted by Anna Bromwich on Mon, 2016-02-08 16:40
Portrait commissions remain an important art form and co-collaboration between artist and sitter. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, for example, placed a record number of commissions again last year, up by over 24%
Posted by Annabel Elton on Mon, 2016-02-08 11:25