MARK DRAISEY PORTRAITS

Traditional portraits for the modern era.


BIOGRAPHY:


I HAVE WORKED AS A PROFESSIONAL CARTOONIST, CARICATURIST AND ILLUSTRATOR FOR OVER 30 YEARS. MY FIRST JOB ON LEAVING BRIGHTON POLYTECHNIC IN 1986 WAS AS ONE OF THE CARICATURISTS ON CENTRAL TV'S SPITTING IMAGE, DESIGNING AND MODELLING THE PUPPET HEADS. ON LEAVING, I SET UP AS A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR SUPPLYING HUMOROUS WORK TO MANY CLIENTS, INCLUDING…
• COUNTRY LIFE
• PUNCH
• TATLER
• OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
• THE BBC
• CHANNEL 4
• THE WEEK.

HOWEVER, I MADE THE DECISION TO TAKE UP PORTRAITURE AROUND FOUR YEARS AGO TO RENEW MY PASSION FOR CREATING FINE ART.

AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS:


• 2017 THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON.
• 2018 OXFORD ART SOCIETY OPEN EXHIBITION, OXFORD.
• 2018 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF OIL PAINTERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION, THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON.
• 2019 SOLO EXHIBITION, OXFORDSHIRE ART WEEKS.


PORTRAIT COMMISSIONS:


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMISSION AN OIL PORTRAIT, THE PROCESS IS FAIRLY SIMPLE. WE WOULD FIRST SIT DOWN TOGETHER ( PREFERABLY OVER A DRINK ) TO DISCUSS WHAT IT IS YOU REQUIRE FROM YOUR PORTRAIT REGARDING APPEARANCE, SIZE, BACKGROUND ETC. I CAN THEN GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE TOTAL COST, NOT INCLUDING FRAMING WHICH I CAN UNDERTAKE, BUT I USUALLY LEAVE THAT TO THE INDIVIDUAL CLIENT AS THEY MAY WISH TO MATCH IT IN WITH THEIR CURRENT DECOR ETC. ONCE THE PRICE HAS BEEN AGREED, I WILL THEN VISIT YOU AGAIN AT THE LOCATION OF YOUR CHOOSING TO FINALISE ANY LAST DETAILS AND TO TAKE A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM WHICH I WILL WORK, AVOIDING THE CUSTOMARY LENGTHY SITTINGS. THE PAINTING WILL THEN PROCEED TO A POINT WHERE I AM SATISFIED THAT THE FACE HAS REACHED A SUITABLE ENOUGH STAGE TO SHOW YOU, WHEREUPON I WILL EMAIL YOU A PHOTO FOR APPROVAL. AFTER THAT, I WILL THEN CONTINUE TO COMPLETE THE REST OF THE PAINTING. WHEN IT IS FINISHED, YOU WILL BE SENT ANOTHER IMAGE, OR YOU CAN COME AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF AT MY HOME, BEFORE I VARNISH THE FULLY DRIED CANVAS AND ARRANGE DELIVERY TO YOU, WHICH MAY INCUR AN ADDITIONAL COST DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WORKING IN OILS CAN BE A SLOW PROCESS OFTEN DELAYED BY THE DRYING TIME. SO IF YOU REQUIRE YOUR PAINTING BY A CERTAIN DATE, THEN PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 3 MONTHS WHEN COMMISSIONING.

HOUNDS AND HORSES:


I ALSO TAKE ON COMMISSIONS TO PAINT YOUR BELOVED DOGS OR HORSES, AND WOULD HAPPILY INCORPORATE THESE INTO YOUR PORTRAIT SHOULD YOU SO WISH. PLEASE ASK FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

PRICES:


THESE VARY DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE CANVAS REQUIRED AND CONTENT DETAIL. THIS WILL ALL BE DISCUSSED DURING OUR INITIAL MEETING, WHERE I CAN ALSO ADVISE YOU ON THE APPROPRIATE SIZE OF WORK SHOULD YOU ALREADY HAVE A HANGING SPACE IN MIND.