Commission a Painting

Jonathan Knuttel has over 20 years experience in both private and corporate commissions and has a wealth of experience in the area of commercial commissioned work.

Pier B Dublin Airport
Pier B, Dublin Airport

Commissioning a painting is an ideal way to commemorate a special occasion like a wedding, a retirement, an anniversary or a birthday. Equally it is a unique way for a business to invest in works that best convey and enhance its core values and goals. It is also quite common for people to commission a painting just for themselves.

Q: How do we get started?

A: It is very easy. I suggest you look at my existing work. The Archive Collections page on my website is an easy way to view dozens of my pieces. See what appeals to you. If you find one you like and would like a similar piece or if you have your own completely different idea and would like to see it painted in my style, no problem. Working with you long distance isn't a problem and if the painting is to be a portrait or resemble you or someone you know, I will need a few photos you like and ill work from one or a combination.

Two things you will need to decide upon:

  • What size and shape (horizontal or vertical) do you want? Size isn't a limitation, I've painted murals!. You can order exactly what you would like.
  • How much money do you want to spend? Size and degree of content (how many figures, lots of details) will determine the cost but Ill do everything I can to work within your budget. Decide how much you want to spend and we’ll get creative about how to accomplish that!

Q: How long will it take?

A: It usually takes around one month from beginning the design to the completion of your painting.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: As mentioned above in “How do we get started” commissioned works are priced according to size and degree of content. I suggest you take a look at the Current Artwork page as this will give you a fair idea of size to price ratio. If you have a particular size in mind, just ask and I will give you a price.

When we have decided on size and content we will then agree a contract price. Usually I would look for a 25% deposit to be paid in advance. Your painting will be completed in approximately one month and when finished I will send you detailed photographs for your approval. If there are any changes or enhancements you would like to see (within reason) we will do that now. Your satisfaction is paramount. I am very easy to work with and most importantly, I want you to love the art you get from me.

Upon your approval of the finished painting the final 75% of the price is due. If you are unhappy with the finished painting you are under no obligation to pay the final 75% payment. Shipping costs are determined by size and will be added to the final 75% payment. When paid in full your painting is carefully wrapped and shipped to you.

That’s usually how it works but I am open to variations. I want to make it easy for you to get the painting you really want.

Q: How will the painting get to me?

A: Your painting will be shipped from my studio and will be handled by my partner and wife Fiona. Everyone who knows her fondly teases her about it being “so very carefully wrapped”. Almost always a good thing but especially so when it comes to transporting art. Fiona will meticulously pack and box or crate your painting and all original work is shipped via Fedex.

Ask about receiving a 20% discount on future purchases of available original paintings when commissioning a piece. Also look out for our promotions.

And finally....

What i like about working on a commission is that once we get started, you and I will have communicated enough that I feel like I really do know exactly what you want, the whole time I’m working I get to think....”Aha! this is going to be just what they want. This is going to be perfect”. Pretty silly but there you are. And as unrealistic as looking for perfection might be, chasing it is what makes me happy.