If you’re still searching for that one perfect piece of modern art for your home but can’t find it in stores or galleries, consider a more direct route: commission a work yourself.
Commissioning a new work from an artist can bring your home’s level of beauty, sophistication and style up to never before seen standards. It’s your own unique work to keep and show off at your discretion.
But how does one go about commissioning a piece? And how can you be sure it’ll come out the way you want?
It comes down to two things: artist selection and communication.
To find the right artist, you’ll have to know what you’re looking for in the work of art. It’s a narrowing down process, and it’s not really as daunting as it may seem.
If you’ve got something in mind, ask yourself — where have you seen their work? At a museum? On the walls at a coffee shop? If you’ve seen something you like, you can always ask the owner if they have the contact info of that artist, and if you can contact them for a commission of your own.
But don’t limit yourself to your own small corner of the world. Embrace the Internet! There are tons of platforms to find a style you like, and usually a way to contact the artist. Try DeviantArt, Carbonmade, or even Pinterest and Instagram. Use the search functions to find what you’re looking for and the artist who creates it.
When it comes to communication and direction, that’s all up to you. Think about yourself and how particular you’re going to be. Some people will accept anything the artist hands over, and some have distinct ideas about what’s good or not. You know yourself, but chances are the artist doesn’t. So it’s on you to communicate your vision clearly.
It’s never to soon to start forming your overall vision. Artists require communication, and if your vision is not concrete enough, the artist might fill in all the blanks for you. And while this might sound attractive, it can be a dangerous thing. Once an art project is complete, it’s not easy (or cheap) to redo any or all of it. If you don’t like the artist’s vision, then chances are it’s because it didn’t line up with YOUR vision, and that’s because you didn’t communicate your vision well enough to the artist.
To make sure you get what you want, you should narrow the communication options down to their specialty. What medium does this artist typically work in? Is that the medium you want for your piece? Be honest with yourself and your artist: are you attracted to their own style, or is it just that their style happens to most closely match the vision you have in your head?
It’s also important to find out how many commissions the artist has performed previously. If they’ve done a lot, they likely will have their own set of questions to ask you, the client. Please answer all the questions honestly and completely. The more you collaborate and communicate, the happier you’ll be with your finished piece.
Keep in mind: “surprise me” works out well less than most people think. You can surprise your guests when they see the piece at first, but you don’t want to be surprised by your commissioned artist.
Whatever your tastes are, the more selective you are in finding an artist and the more communicative you are to that artist, the better your fine art commission is bound to come out.