The saying goes that if you want something done properly you should do it yourself. However, when it comes to doing something that requires such skill as contemporary portraiture it isn’t quite that straightforward.
In order to get the picture you want you are much safer to put your trust, and finances, in the hands of someone who truly knows what they are doing, knows and loves their trade and gives every aspect of the process the care and attention it deserves.
When working on commissioned artwork, Nicholas Chaundy prides himself on using the best contemporary and traditional techniques and materials. He is able to make canvasses from scratch using a method developed during the renaissance and still highly regarded to this day.
When working on his contemporary portraits Nicholas uses a mixture of high quality bought paints and paints that he has personally ground. He also prides himself on the fact that he never uses synthetic pigments or cheap oil. Additionally, Nicholas uses no solvents such as turpentine or white spirit.
To ensure his beautiful portraits are finished to the standard expected, Nicholas uses a varnish that has recently been developed in conjunction with the National Gallery to be non-yellowing. The use of this state-of-the-art varnish, along with Nicholas’ dedication to using no solvents or synthetic products ensures the longevity of the commissioned art.
The drawings are all done on heavy weight paper and made with high quality vine charcoal, graphite and white chalk, they are sealed and secured with natural fixative that ensures the drawing will never fade.
So, while most jobs may be best completed by you to ensure they are finished to the standard expected, commissioning art is something that requires the eye and skill of a professional, a rare person who is truly gifted. You can find out more about commissioning a portrait by Nicholas Chaundy here