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If you see a work of contemporary art you admire but it is not quite what you were looking for, it is often possible to commission the artist to create something unique to fit your personal specifications for a similar price.

Contemporary painting from the Binary Visage series by Claude Chandler Left: Binary Visage: Mug Shot by Claude Chandler 

Be it a family portrait, painting of your home, photograph of your partner or a bespoke artwork for your interior, commissioning allows you to choose the subject matter, colours, style and dimensions of a piece.
Commissioning an artwork for yourself, or someone important to you, is a highly personal gift that can become a family heirloom or commemorate a special occasion.
It also allows you to purchase the perfect piece for your home or workplace.


Please note: commissioned artworks will not be refunded and cannot be returned.

Commission Fee Schedule

  • 50% to commence commission
  • 50% upon completion and delivery of commission

Please note that commissioned artworks are non-refundable.

1) How long will it take?
A commission can usually be carried out within the time frame you set. The artist will arrange a schedule and we will keep you informed of how the commission is progressing.

2) How much will it cost?
Commissions cost more than an original piece of artwork by the same artist. This is due to the process and time it takes for them to create something bespoke to you.
However what you gain from it as a unique and personal piece which is priceless.
A 50% deposit will be required prior to the commencement of the commission. 

3) What if I don’t like the final piece?
This is highly unlikely as we carry out a consultation with you and the artist before the commission begins, so there is total communication and thorough understanding of what you want.
If you enjoy the artist’s work, it is unlikely they will do anything but true justice to your piece. However, please note commissioned artworks will not be refunded and the full price agreed to is payable on completion of your commission.

4) What if I want to change something?
We will keep you informed of the progress of the work as it develops and share an image with your before the work is complete so that minor changes may be made to request.
The artist will want to get it right for you as their client, so changes are usually carried out with the agreement of both parties.

5) Can I meet the artist?

Yes, if you live in the same city/town as the artist. Occasionally, if the artist lives far away it is not possible but we can usually arrange a telephone or video call conversation.

Please call us at 061 129 1899, or email us at hello@stateoftheart-gallery.com with the name of the artist whose work you are interested in or with details about your personal project.

Commissioned contemporary art work by Janet Botes  

Left: Commissioned artwork by Janet Botes for the PPS Investments office in Johannesburg.