Portrait Commissions

Would you like a portrait painted? Are you looking a special gift for the person who has everything? Or looking for that impressive corporate edge in your office?

KAB Gallery works with several highly accomplished portrait artists, and are ready to work with you to arrange a portrait commission. We work as intermediaries between you and the artist to ensure the perfect style and result. Whether you prefer a realist or more expressive portrait, we can help you select the right artist. All of our artists are established and are already part of important collections and/or are winners of important prizes.

The cost of a portrait commission varies depending on the style, level of detail, size, and subject matter. If you have a particular budget it is best to advise us, allowing us to show you examples of results within a similar price range. We will also be able to show you a range of artworks from the artist’s previous commission and personal work, enabling you to make a well-informed decision.

KAB Gallery will work with you throughout the project so you can always feel comfortable sitting for the artist, know that we are available to discuss any concerns along the way. This may range from any awkward issues such as critical feedback and change requests or additions, right through to rescheduling a studio sitting with the artist.

Once a decision has been made to go ahead, KAB Gallery will inform the artist and request a non-refundable 40% deposit payable to KAB Gallery via cheque, EFT, cash or credit card. Depending on the scale of the project, weekly instalments can then be paid.

At the end of the project KAB Gallery will ensure the satisfaction of the final artwork with both you and the artist. If you are unhappy with the artwork, all of our artists agree to work further until satisfaction is achieved. We have a fantastic framer to refer you to and can help organise framing in your preferred style.

Our stable of portrait artists include:

Peter Smeeth

Peter Smeeth with his Doug Moran Portrait Prize finalist Tristan
Peter Smeeth with his Doug Moran Portrait Prize finalist Tristan

As a retired medical doctor who has painted and drawn since childhood, Peter Smeeth has a special interest in the human condition. However he enjoys all forms of art from the totally abstract to the super real. He works in most medias – pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolour, oil, acrylic, as well as plaster or bronze sculptural work. In his realist paintings he aims to paint light and space making the flat canvas appear three dimensional.

Smeeth was the winner of the 2010 Mortimore Prize and the 2011 Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. He is a three time Archibald Prize finalist, four time Salon des Refusés (Wynne) Prize finalist, three-time Doug Moran National Portrait Prize finalist, as well as a five-time Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award finalist.

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Andy Collis

Andy Collis with his self portrait
Andy Collis with his self portrait

Andy Collis is an expressive portrait painter and art academic working with a bright and contemporary colour palette. He is a gentle-natured and receptive artist who paints representations of both character and appearance. His work is modern, bold, and colourful, which will complement most contemporary homes and enhance professional offices. As a dedicated portrait painter, Andy Collis welcomes portrait commissions of all sizes.

He has exhibited extensively in the UK, including the Royal Academy Summer Show, as well as throughout NSW. He has been short-listed for the Doug Moran portrait prize for the last two years (2012/13). He is also Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at Avondale Tertiary College

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Wendy Bills

Wendy at the SH Ervin Gallery with her Portia Geach Portrait Prize finalist work
Wendy at the SH Ervin Gallery with her Portia Geach Portrait Prize finalist work

Wendy Bills was a Finalist in the 2013 and 2011 Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize. Her expressive pieces have a narrative element that easily engage the viewer. Paintings are composed of strong planes of colour which are a simplification of natural forms. Subjects are enhanced by dramatic composition, bold application and limited palette.

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Sally West

Sally West at her recent NYC solo exhibition
Sally West at her recent NYC solo exhibition

Sally has been the winner of several prizes, and regular finalist in many prestigious prizes including the Portia Geach Art Prize (SH Ervin Gallery), New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Salon Des Refuses (Wynne) Prize, Charlatan Ink Art Prize (Manhattan NYC), and the Pacific Palms Art Prize. Her application of the paint is thick and heavy, creating an interesting textural surface.

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Contact KAB Gallery today to discuss the possibility of commissioning a special and memorable life-long portrait for yourself or someone you know!